Faithful Fides

Antique Locket Brooch With Layered Agate Cameo in Gold, England Around 1870

Here we see the profile of a young woman cut into a black and white agate. The finely engraved relief, in which the white head stands out effectively against its black background, shows the graceful lady in profile to the left with her hair pinned up and decorated with ivy vines. The sitter in this hardstone cameo is Fides, the personification of loving fidelity. The ivy in her hair as an attribute of Fides is easily explained: As firmly as ivy scales a wall and will not let go, fidelity binds two people together. This Victorian symbolic language was also associated by the painter Philip Hermogenes Calderon in his painting "Broken Vows" (1856), in which he depicted a faithful lover in front of a wall overgrown with ivy. The cameo is set in high karat gold and wearable as a brooch. Thirty fine natural pearls echo the white colouration of the portrait and surround the setting of the cameo with its fine luster. Black enamel adds a stylish accent to the surrounding framing, and a glance at the back of the piece of jewellery reveals that it is also a locket: Hidden here is a glazed compartment that can hold a photo, a small letter, or a lock of hair. The typical Victorian jewellery of the years around 1870 celebrates loyal love and is thus suitable, for example, as a gift for a wedding anniversary or due to its colourfulness also as a memorial piece of jewellery to a loved one.

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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.