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Neoclassical 15ct Gold Drop Cameo Earrings

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A wonderful pair of 15ct gold drop earrings with butterflies on the top and ladies’ heads in profile carved in shell. Psyche was depicted in ancient mosaics as a butterfly winged goddess in the company of her husband Eros. Sometimes a pair of Pyschai are portrayed, the second perhaps being their daughter Hedone (Pleasure). They were made circa 1830 when there was a fashion for Classical jewellery spurned on by the Grand Tourists journeying to old Roman and Greek sites.

Written by Olly Gerrish

Rare and special for all cameo lovers

Date & OriginGeorgian (1714-1830), Cameos Italian, mounts English
Measurements2 in / 5.1 cm in length by ¾ in / 1.9cm in width (at widest point)
2 ¼ in / 5.7 cm in height from top of wire to base
ConditionVery good
HallmarksUnmarked, tested to 15ct gold
ProvenanceCameos Italian, mounts English