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Earrings, Lava cameo 9K

Earrings, Lava cameo 9K

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1900: Item # 1426538
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
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P.O. Box 4684
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
tel. 410-435-3738

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C1880 9K Victorian Lava Cameo earrings depicting Flora, the goddess of flowering plants. Both top and bottom cameos are proper mirror images. Cameo earrings were inspired by the ruins of Pompeii in Italy and were made from the lava of Mt. Vesuvius as souvenir jewelry fro travelers on the Grand Tour. Flora's profile is displayed in beautiful three-dimensional carving on both tops and bottoms. They are light brown in color and encased in 9K bezels and hang from simple shepherd's hooks. Each earring hangs 1 5/8 from top to bottom and is about 3/4 at its widest and is 3/8 thick.