Antique Victorian Archaelogical Revival boxed set earrings and brooch - enhancer pendant. 14k Gold hardstone cameos and pearls. Made in England circa 1865-80 and retailed by Hunt & Roskell who retailed Guiliano and other maker's jewelry to the likes of Queen Victoria and her family. See original fitted box. <P><P>
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Measurements: Brooch pendant is just over 1 3/8 inch long (35mm); Earrings, excluding wires and pearl drops are 7/8 inch (21mm) long. Combined weight is 22.8 grams. <P><P>
Description : Demi Parure (set) consisting of a brooch that can be worn as a pendant/enhancer and a pair of earrings. Made of oval dark blue-grey hardstone with a layer of white carved away to reveal a beautiful goddess shown in profile. Curling hair with a diadem of laurel leaves shown in miniscule detail. Features are very Classic - see the sculptured mouth, partially open and very Greek. A ring of gold claws holds each cameo in place and it is surrounded by a ring of pearls. A trio of pearls drop from each earring and swing slightly as the wearer moves. Wires of earrings are most likely replacements, typical of jewelry of this period. <P><P>
The set comes in an original fitted Hunt & Roskell box. Hunt & Roskell were a very high end jewelry retailer, by appointment to Her Majesty Queen Victoria and other Royal patrons. Before he opened his own shop, Carlo Giuliano sold most of his jewelry through them, as did many other top jewellers of the day. The box is leather on the outside, blue silk embossed with gold inside the lid, purple velvet on the padded bottom and has 8 sides. Clasp of box fits and closes well and securely. <P><P>
Cameos are exceptional in quality and appearance. <P><P>
Marks: The brooch has engraved 10 and RU nh on the back. We do not know who/what this refers to. The wires of the earrings have 14k gold hallmarks. I tested the gold of the actual brooch - very strong 14k not 18k (probably 15k). Inside the lid of the box is embossed in gold with a picture of the Royal Crown above Hunt & Roskell Late Storr & Mortimer Jewellers & Goldsmiths to the Queen and Royal Family. 156 New Bond Street. <P><P>
Condition: Good with minor wear/restoration commensurate with age and use. The pin of the brooch was replaced some time in the past. It was detached and our restorer re-attached it. The wires of the earrings are replacements, as mentioned. There are a few border areas of the cameos that have chipped away. These are relatively minor and can be seen in the enlarged pictures. Sculpted faces in good shape. There is a tear in the silk lining of the box (on right of embossed markings). Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.
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