Lava cameo brooch of Demeter (known to the Romans as Ceres) with a crown of wheat sheaves in her hair. The gold openwork bezel is of 12K and is pointed around the frame, a nice detail, and rather unusual, on the gold work. The brooch was possibly a souvenir from Italy acquired by a traveler on the European Grand Tour. There is an unreadable signature scratched into the reverse of the cameo.
The goddess of agriculture, Demeter was perhaps the most important as she made everything grow and ripen and provided sustenance to the mortals and ensured that food would be plentiful.
The brooch is 1 1/4 wide by 1 ½ tall and ½ inch deep.