French Victorian 18K Gold Diamond & Onyx Nymph Cameo Pendant / Brooch

$3,885.00

Shipping to United States: Free

This exquisite French Victorian pendant/brooch features a fine onyx cameo depicting a fairy-winged woodland nymph, her translucent gown pulled aside to expose her breasts, dancing and tossing boughs of flowers. The cameo is surrounded by an ornate shield-shaped border of rose-cut diamonds and a single natural pearl set in silver over 18K gold. The diamonds are of very good quality with excellent brilliance and clarity. The bale can be detached for wear as a brooch, or the pinstem and clasp can be removed for wear as a pendant. There was once also a removable drop element—probably a pear-shaped pearl at the bottom. The jewel is stamped with French gold and silver marks and an illegible master goldsmith's mark.

Nymphs protected the natural environment in the specific areas where they lived such as rivers, woodlands, lakes, mountains and meadows. They often hung around with fun-loving full-fledged immortals such as Dionysos and Artemis. The beauty and allure of Greek nymphs was such that they could seduce Gods and mortals at will, often becoming mothers to great heroes such as Achilles. They were said to cause "nympholepsy" that incapacitated men with passionate frenzies, especially around noontime.

• Origin: France, ca. 1860.
• Condition: excellent; all original; pearl drop element lacking.
• Dimensions: 1-9/16" x 1-15/16" (2-9/16" with bail).
• Weight: 23.4 grams.
• Approximate Total Diamond Weight: 2.03 carats.

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INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS
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Shipping from United States

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Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

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Returns and exchange details

STANDARD RETURNS
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Return the item in its original packaging via U.S. Postal service with full insurance and tracking within three business days of return authorization. The buyer is responsible for shipping and insurance in both directions. Outbound shipping and insurance costs included in the purchase price will not be refunded.
Refunds will be processed in the same form as the original payment within one business day of receipt.
Items that have been altered in any way, including but not limited to resizing or engraving, may not be returned. We are not responsible for any damage resulting from repairs, alteration or testing by any other jeweler or appraiser.
Items lost or damaged during outbound shipping are not eligible for a refund. Once shipped, the insurance is payable to the addressee rather than the sender. Contact us immediately in the event of loss or damage so we can assist you with the information needed to substantiate your insurance claim with the U.S. Postal Service.

LAYAWAY RETURNS
Layaway purchases are not accepted for return.

INTERNATIONAL RETURNS
Purchases shipped to addresses outside the United States are not accepted for return.

FREIGHT-FORWARDING RETURNS
Any item shipped to a freight-forwarding company located in the United States and destined for eventual international shipping will be considered to have been delivered to the purchaser and is not eligible for a return or refund of any kind. We reserve the right to cancel orders with a freight-forwarding delivery address on a case by case basis.

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