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The circa date on this cameo is circa 1850 to 1860. The setting is handmade of 9 Karat Gold, the pins clasp has been replaced with a locking safety which is marked 10 kt. Each point of the gold which holds the cameo is a seed pearl in the setting. The mounting holds a hand carved cameo of a soft light pink coral that is found deep in the sea and because it grows at these depths, it gets very little sunlight and is thus pale in color. It was given the name “Skin of an Angel” or Angel Skin Coral because of the soft pink color. The cameo is of one piece of coral; the lighter part is the portrait and the soft pink color is the background. The theme of the carving is Diana who in Roman mythology Diana was a goddess of childbirth, nursing, and healing. Diana held an honored place among women. As goddess of light, she represented the moon. Diana is wearing a necklace of handmade tiny links of chain that hold a small .08 points of a carat, hand cut, mine cut diamond. The Cameo has a moon carved in into the hair of the portrait. The Cameo could be a pin or pendant with a bail that folds up to hold a chain or ribbon and folds down to wear as a pin. The cameo is in excellent condition and is 2 inches tall by 1 ¼ wide.
The cameo is beautiful and rare to find with this mounting and necklace. The current insured value as of April 2013 is $1800.00.