Vintage heart shaped shell cameo pin pendant in 10K rosy yellow gold setting with plain bezel and twisted rope frame. The shell cameo is very finely hand carved, with crisp, clear detail to face, up-swept hair, and ruffled clothing. The woman is a lovely cream shell, while the background is a pretty rose pink. The slightly upturned nose of the portrait indicates the cameo was carved after 1920.
The 10K setting features an early safety catch on the pin stem that dates the piece to the early 1930s. The presence of a swivel bail make it possible to wear this piece as a necklace pendant.
ERA: Art Deco, 1930s
METAL/MATERIAL: 10K Gold and Carved Shell
HALLMARKS/HISTORY: Stamped 10K and ESMCO. The ESMCO maker's mark on the pin safety affirms that the piece was made by Shiman Industries of Newark, NJ.
CONDITION: Very Good Vintage Condition, with minor age wear and patina appropriate to age. The bezel is tight, cameo is intact and free from cracks, and pin and pendant mechanisms both function perfectly.
SIZE/MEASUREMENTS: 1 3/8 inch x 1 1/4 inch. Weight: 6.2 grams
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