Antique Victorian Italian Grand Tour Lava cameo bracelet and matching earrings. Original case brvc958

Victorian Italian Lava cameo bracelet and matching earrings.


Item #: j-vc-br958
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Antique Victorian Italian Grand Tour lava cameo gold-filled bracelet with matching earrings.  High quality carving with superb detail  The carvings are in excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  The bezels are 31mm x 27mm .  The bracelet is 7 1/4 inches in length.  Each cameo is carved from a slightly different color of lava and one cameo is white. Each cameo depicts a beautiful elegant Roman lady in neoclassical style.   The gold filled metal has some wear to the tongue part of the clasp and the back of the bezels.  This bracelet is accompanied by a  pair of matching earrings with gold posts.  Each earring has a tiny cameo of a lady looking over her shoulder.   The gold posts appear to be later replacements.  

This gorgeous antique duo rests in its original fitted case made of molded cardboard with a leatherette type coating some of which has peeled off.  The hinge and clasp are gone but the top and bottom fit together nicely and still offer a protective as well as historic case for the jewelry set.

This exquisite adornment is an exceptionally well-preserved cameo bracelet that would have been a prize acquisition for a Victorian woman visiting Europe in the 19th century. A Grand Tour of the continent was very popular  for wealthy Americans,  Made in Italy from lava excavated at Mount Vesuvius, the piece features 5 high-relief neoclassical heads framed in gold filled bezels and dates to the second half of the 19th century.

This set was acquired from the estate of an antique jewelry dealer and is a rare treasure.

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