Antique: Victorian Pale Blue Shell Cameo Pendant in 14 kt Gold Surround "Flora"
This antique 19th century cameo depicts the Roman goddess of Spring, Flowers, and Youth: Flora. It is one of a pair (each being sold separately). The other is the Roman Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt: Diana (see item #BG972). A thick gold bale has been added to this cameo, and Flora is now a statement pendant.
Both are hand-carved from shell in the most unusual shade of pale grey/blue/lavender with a white/pink relief and set in frames which have been wrapped in a 14 Kt surrounds.
The cameos evoke a feeling of spring and summer through the subject of the carvings, the material utilized - shell, and the color palate. Wear it with both summer whites and winter blacks.
About the Roman Goddess Flora
Her name is derived from Latin word for flower, Flos. As the Goddess of Spring, Flowers and Youth, the easiest way to identify her is by the flowers in her hair either cascading downwards or as part of a crown around her head. A temple was built in her honor, during a time of drought. Hoping to stop the crop damage, an annual Spring festival (April 28th) was created. Like most Roman festivals it consisted of three days of drinking and merriment.
Details & Dimensions:
- The pendant is carved from shell (natural material) and is set in a metal frame wrapped in 14 Kt gold. It has a bale in solid 14 Kt gold.
- The cameo is approximately 1.9 inches or 49mm by 1.5 inches or 38mm.
- Unknown, most likely U.S.or England.
- 19th c.
- The cameo pendant is in very good antique condition with general wear. The material is natural and as such has some natural variations.The images provide a good representation. The reverse side of the gold surround has some surface scratches.
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