Pretty Ladies: Vintage Hard Stone and Shell Cameos

Late Victorian Agate and Seed Pearl Lavalier

Late Victorian Agate and Seed Pearl Lavalier

Another trend I noticed showing up on street style blogs from Paris Fashion Week was a resurgence of cameo jewellery. Girls were wearing them attached to ribbons around the neck or at the throught of a high necked collar. This weekend at the CAFTCAD Movie Wardrobe Sale, I was lucky enough to find two pretty cameos, including my first hard stone example (pictured above). This teeny silohuette is set in a charming cannetille and repoussé lavalier (see below).

Back of late Victorian agate cameo lavalier pendant

Back of late Victorian agate cameo lavalier pendant

I also found a lovely shell cameo I think from the 40s or 50s. It looks absolutely minty and the carving, while not exactly museum quality, is nicely done.

Vintage shell cameo brooch

A retro shell cameo brooch.