This is a stunning 12k yellow gold and carved coral cameo necklace from the Victorian era. Although this piece is unmarked, I have tested it as 12kt gold. This piece was likely made between 1880 and 1890. Laid flat, the necklace is 17 1/2” long.
This piece is delightfully detailed. Each rectangular link on the chain has a charming gold detail that is laid against a textured background. The hidden clasp feeds into the side of the cameo, keeping the necklace very secure.
The gold and carved coral cameo pendant makes this a truly eye-catching piece. The cameo is in good condition for its age and is a lovely shade of coral. The woman’s face, hair and hat are all well detailed. Surrounding the coral cameo is a beautiful scrolling foliate motif. The cameo is held in place by gold prongs—two of the prongs are shorter than the others, however, this is not noticeable when worn. On the reverse side of the cameo is the name “Josie” engraved in a stunning font. Two gold tassels hang from the remaining chain ends.
This piece, made in the style of a sliding chain necklace, would have been a more affordable option for the people of the era. The gold cameo pendant is approximately 3/4's of an inch long by half an inch wide. This necklace weighs approximately 15.95 grams. This necklace is truly something special and a delight to wear.