Late Georgian Shell Cameo Pin Depicting Psyche
Item No. PCG0801385
An unusual carved shell cameo depicting a scene with Psyche, most likely of the birth of Voluptas (or Hedone in Roman mythology), her daughter with Eros (or Cupid in Roman mythology). The cameo is bezel-set in an intricately-engraved scrolling 18K yellow gold frame. Features a C clasp, long pin stem and hidden hook. Circa 1820.
A shell cameo is a piece of shell in which a design is carved in the top white layer and the pinkish layer underneath is revealed as the background. Cameos became especially prevalent in popular jewelry of the nineteenth century and were carved in other materials such as jet, coral and hardstones.