Gems en Vogue II 50mm Italian Hand-Carved Shell Cameo Pendant w/Chain
Vintage-inspired design in your choice of intricate artwork. An elegant combination of metals, this ornate design showcases a 50 x 37mm orange shell portrait or flower cameo and orange sapphires. Hand carved from one piece by master artisans, each layer carved away brings forth a different color, with the final layer revealing this breathtaking artwork.
This pendant is crafted with a combination of polished rhodium plated sterling silver and palladium and has 18K yellow gold embraced™ accents. It measures 2-11/16"L x 1-5/8"W and has a 17 x 5mm enhancer bail. With an ornate filigree backing, this pendant looks beautiful no matter which way it faces! For your convenience, it comes with an 18"L rolo link chain secured by a lobster claw clasp. The necklace includes a 2"L extender so you can find your own perfect fit.
Complete the look with the matching earrings J320531, bracelet J320532 and ring J311519.
The oval carved 50 x 37mm orange shell is in a claw setting and the six round full cut 1.75mm sapphires are in bead settings. The shell weighs 31.68ct and the total sapphire weight is 1.44ct, both approximate. Due to hand carving process, artist technique, shell color and curvature, the design and stone setting will vary slightly giving you a truly one-of-a-kind work of art!
About Italian Shell
Cameos have been carved in stone since 600 BC but first appeared in shells in the 15th and 16th centuries. Shell carvings became vogue during the Renaissance period and during the Neo Classical period leading into the Victorian era. During the 20th century, shell carvings once again became popular and are now enjoying resurgence during the beginning of the 21st century. The two main types of shell used are the Conch shell and the Helmut shell. Today most of the Italian shells come from Madagascar and South Africa. While automation does exist, the majority of the shell carvings are still done by hand. Torrel del Greco, Italy has been producing carved shells since the 17th century. It's located in the Campania region of southern Italy in the province of Naples. Italy is regarded as the best source for shell cameos.
Shell is a natural product of the sea and should be cared for as you would for a pearl. Do not use harsh chemical jewelry cleaners but instead opt for warm water with a mild soap.
This item is made of sterling palladium alloy. Palladium is a member of the platinum group of precious metals. By replacing a portion of the copper content used in standard sterling silver with palladium, our proprietary formula renders a precious metal with superior performance attributes. Sterling palladium is five times more tarnish resistant than standard sterling silver and has strength similar to that of 14K gold.
Vendor Warranty: 1 year material and workmanship warranty from date of purchase.
Part of the Gems en Vogue II Collection. Comes with a romance card. Gemstones may vary in color or pattern. Please allow for these natural variations. Avoid using chemical jewelry cleaners. All weights pertaining to diamond weights are minimum weights. Additionally, please note that many gemstones are treated to enhance their beauty. Click here for important information about gemstone enhancements and special care requirements.