Vintage Leda and the Swan 14k gold shell cameo brooch or pendant. pnvc1071

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Wearable Greek mythology. A stunning classical portrait of Leda and Zeus disguised in the form of a swan. In legend she was approached by the god Zeus and thereby impregnated Leda, from which the goddess Helen of Troy was born. It is clear that Ledas legend is quite meaningful in mythology. Her role as the mother of some illustrious offspring as well as her notorious affair with Zeus, makes Leda a mythological heroine worth remembering. This cameo brooch is carved from Italian shell with excellent detail and well-proportioned scale. The natural colors of the shell are utilized in the relief of the carved figures. The piece measures 2 1/4 x 1 5/8 x 3/8 inches and weighs 9.2 grams.The brooch is frames in gold gilt wire work and doubles as a pendant. It is in excellent condition with very little visible wear. The frame test for 14k gold and the back side is stamped 585.