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This earring is composed of an oval cameo carved from black "lava" depicting a classically dressed female in profile. The cameo is set in a plain gold mount and attaches with a gold s-shaped ear wire on the reverse.
Title Pair of two coral bead baby armlets Accession Number 1932.561 ab
Title Necklace Accession Number 1932.562
Title Cross pendant Accession Number 1932.563
Title Cameo earrings Accession Number 1932.564
Title Earring Accession Number 1932.565
Title Jet earrings Accession Number 1932.566
Title Earrings Accession Number 1932.567
Title Pair of silver shoe buckles Accession Number 1964.80
Title Cross pendant Accession Number 1964.90
5/8 x 5/8 (WxD) (inches)
For information on cameos see Bennett, David and Daniela Mascetti, "Understanding Jewellery," (1989); Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 1 (1991): 215-232; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 227-236; Miller, Anna M. "Cameos Old & New," 3rd Edition (2005).