Corkscrew curls

Fine vintage pendant with shell gem, around 1950

A beautiful shell gem from Italy: The gem, probably created in the area around Naples, shows the finely carved portrait of a youthful lady with artfully pinned-up hair that falls down in long corkscrew curls. Gem ornaments were popular especially in 19th century. In the 20th century the cut and theme of the used gems changed. While mythological themes were previously in demand and the ladies depicted were goddesses, in the 1950s young girls were preferably depicted. This change is exemplified by the drop-shaped pendant. Wonderfully, the powerful cut stands out against the carnelian background. A beautiful cord setting of low karat gold holds the gem and allows it to be worn as a pendant. A beautiful souvenir from Italy, created in the 1950s and still as beautiful today as the first day!

Shell mementos with mythological motifs were created especially in the 19th century in Italy, especially for travelers on a Grand Tour. This so-called cavalier tour, which was here to perfect the education of travelers, led to the ancient monuments, in the art collections of Rome and Naples and the early tourists brought from their journey small souvenirs across the Alps, which should tell of the experiences of the Italian journey.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.