This exquisite brooch features a green banded agate centerpiece, with a finely-carved woman’s portrait in high positive relief. This rare green agate stone is held within a vivid 14ct yellow gold bezel frame, with intricate floral motifs and drill-set pearls. The piece is dated to c.1890, Belle-Epoque period, with a classic pin closure at the back, and a bale for use as a pendant.
Materials and Features: Green banded agate cameo; 14ct yellow gold (acid tested); pearls
Age/Origin: Estimated c.1890, Belle-Epoque
Marks: There are some mostly-illegible hallmarks on the bale, possibly making out the number 585 for gold fineness.
Weight: 8.9 g
Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.25”
Condition: Generally excellent condition, having held up beautifully over the years. The green agate has a bright, saturated hue, with stark contrast against the white cameo figure. The gold has a vivid sunny color, with intricate relief details, and sturdily-set pearls. The pin closure and the bale are sturdy. The hallmarks on the bale are mostly illegible.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.
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