Vintage Cameo Pendant Brooch, Antique Shell Cameo, Victorian Cameo Jewelry, Vintage AMCO Jewelry

Vintage Cameo Pendant Brooch, Antique Shell Cameo, Victorian Cameo Jewelry, Vintage AMCO Jewelry



Only 1 available

Whoa! You can't buy your own item.

Rare find — this item is hard to come by.

Hooray! This item ships free to the US.

  • Vintage
  • Materials: Genuine Hand Carved Shell Cameo, 12k Gold Filled Setting

This vintage cameo pendant brooch has a stylized artistic quality I couldn't resist. There is something very captivating about the maiden's large curls, delicate jewelry and lovely full features. Achieving voluptuous height and depth in a high relief carving like this is a master carver's calling card.

Wearable as a pin, the addition of your own chain will convert this antique shell cameo instantly to a pendant. This lovely vintage piece would make a romantic memento or token of affection for someone very special. As with all the jewelry in my shop, gift wrapping is always complimentary.

A collectible piece of Victorian silhouette jewelry, the cameo bears the hallmark of A. Micallef & Co., founded in Providence, Rhode Island in 1919. The cameo is bezel set with a fine milgraine edge and measures 1 1/8 inch by 7/8 inch (29mm x 23mm) including the frame.* I have given it a very gentle cleaning although small amounts of original patina still remain. It has been conditioned with pure white mineral oil for protection from dry air.

Cameo jewelry is fragile by nature and should be stored separately from other jewelry which might be abrasive. In beautiful vintage condition, the cameo has no chips and just a few superficial hairlines visible on one side at the top. These are indicative of age and do not extend through the shell. The setting shows a few fine scratches consistent with age, and as shown in the photos, there is a small nick on the back edge where it was previously tested for metal purity. A faint hallmark inside the frame indicates that the setting is 12k gold filled. With sharp eyes and a magnifying glass this is also where you will find the maker's mark, "AMCO."

*The mercury dime shown throughout my listing photos is the same size as a modern US dime. It measures 18mm in diameter and is shown to help illustrate scale.

CAMEOS have been carved as jewelry since the times of ancient Rome and Greece. The earliest cameos depicted philosophers and ancient deities and were carved of hard gemstone such as agate and onyx. As cameos became more popular, artists switched to shell which was both easier to carve and more affordable. When held to the light, shell cameos are translucent with subtle color variations and softly curved backgrounds, never completely flat. Cameos reached the height of their popularity in the Victorian era of the mid 1800's, when they were still carved from shell but also began to be made of glass and even resin, which is the most popular material used for cameos today.

Back to Bluebirrrd Dreams:

More vintage jewelry:

Other brooches:

Ready to ship in

1–3 business days

Cost to ship


Returns & exchanges


Exceptions may apply

There was a problem calculating your shipping. Please try again.

Ships from Squaw Valley, CA

Shipping upgrades available in the cart

Sarah Blue

Sarah Blue

Owner of BluebirrrdDreams

Message Sarah

This seller usually responds within a few hours.

138 shop reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Brandi Dowell Dec 11, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I am so pleased with my purchase! Sarah let me know right away that she received my customization request and she even sent a progress photo to show me what it would look like. I also got an update when my bracelet shipped. It arrived quickly and was packaged nicely (and safely wrapped!). The bracelet itself is so dainty and well made. The bead is much smaller than I imagined, but it actually looks much better that way because it is a more subtle accent to the bracelet. I am very happy with the great service and beautiful product. Definitely recommend this shop! Thank you, Sarah! I can't wait to give this gift to my friend for Christmas! I know she will love it!

Purchased item:

Mary Lee Sep 23, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

These are bigger than I expected, exactly perfect, I had to choose between black and rose gold. Glad I decided on black, given the size, black gives them more character and edge. I love them. Super quick shipping and delivery from US to Canada.

Purchased item:

Leppardlady Apr 7, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Wore these tonight and go so many compliments!! They’re gorgeous!!

Purchased item:

sharonhatkow1 Mar 3, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

The cameo was just as described and more. Exquisite in it's simplicity. I LOVE it. Sarah was so helpful in customizing the chain length to suit my needs. The package arrived on time, it was wrapped beautifully and there were even a couple of extra treasures. A thoroughly enjoyable experience!

Purchased item: