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Posted 7 days ago

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Kjane79
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I need help finding out more about this antique cameo. It belonged to my friends' grandma. (my friend is 64 if that helps guess how old Grandma would approximately be.) She doesn't know anything about it, just that her grandma had it as long as she can remember... I've looked and I'd guess maybe 1920 Italian, carved shell... No clue on the metal... The front looks gold to me-no tarnish. But the back is dirty and I don't know. No marks. I've checked everywhere I can think. And the clasp looks to be a newer addition, but I still don't know what it could have been originally? Please help!

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  1. Kjane79 Kjane79, 7 days ago
    So, I'm thinking maybe this is the Goddess Diana (Artemis)? But it's definitely not the most flattering representation...
  2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 days ago
    Rollover clasps have been around since the 1900s. The cameo is somewhat simply carved. The prongs used to hold the cameo in place look to be of the same material as the pin, hinge and clasp. The mount could be gold filled, rolled gold or what's known as pinchbeck - the Poor Man's Gold. Not really possible to tell from just looking at photos. Diana? Maybe. I didn't find any like this one in a Google Image search.
  3. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 4 days ago
    The underlying image is definitely Diana/Artemis, the crescent moon on her brow says as much. See:
    http://cameotimes.com/index.php/profiles-1/olympian-gods/diana-artemis

    However, the addition of the dove in front of her makes her one confused lady, since among her aspects she is the virgin goddess of the hunt as well as the goddess of the night, while this bird belongs with either Venus/Aphrodite or with Aurora/Eos, goddesses of love & the dawn, respectively.

    The mix & match imagery of the cameo, combined with the rollover safety clasp that opens at the front rather than at the bottom probably puts this to the 1930s, when Grandma was in her 30s or 40s.

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