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Vintage Roman Style Shell Cameo Earrings


A pair of Roman maidens in profile hand carved as cameos likely in Rome, the historic Italian centre of Cameo carving. Charmingly, these two are sisters rather than mirror images of each other and on the ear they exude the desired historical air! Set in brightly 18ct gilded 9ct yellow Gold with a decorative roped edging, they are carved from the Sardonyx shell (Cassis Madagascariensis) which gives a delightful chestnut hued background and pristine white outer surface for carving. Dating to around the 1980's, they measure 3cm from the top of the earwire. The cameos measure 18mm lengthwise.