Vintage 14k Shell Cameo by Giovanni Apa


This beautiful cameo is not only an exquisite example of Italian artistry, but has been kept in perfect condition for over 60 years.  Can be worn as a brooch or on a chain as a pendant.  A beautiful hand etched maiden by artisans from Giovanni Apa sits to the center.  Details such as her tussled and curled hair, pearl necklace and flower corsage are deep and have NOT lost depth.  There are NO cracks or breaks to the shell cameo and NO cracks or breaks to the gold metal work.  The swivel pendant loop and the pin and lock are in perfect working order.  The APA mark, artisan stamp and gold carat and origin are all visible on the back frame.  This would make a beautiful gift.  It is light enough to wear on a scarf, sweater, hat or used as collar pin.  A great idea for a bride as her something old that can accent her bouquet or cover her bustle button when her train is down.  


* Solid 14k Yellow Gold (stamped)
* Manufacture - Giovanni Apa (stamped)
* Origin - Italy (stamped)
* Natural Shell Cameo
* Measures approx. 1 3/8" inches tall x 1 1/16 at widest section
* 4.14 grams
* c. 1960's


Shell stimulates intuition, sensitivity, imagination and adaptability.  It helps to enhance mental clarity and provides insight into decision-making.  Shell promotes cooperation between the self and others, as well as within the self.  It provides cohesive energy for groups.


The most popular cameos today are carved in sea shells, a tradition that began in the fifteenth or sixteenth century and was popularized by Queen Victoria of England. Since that time, cameos have predominately showcased women’s profiles, and been worn by women who enjoy the beauty and craftsmanship of hand-carved cameos.


Yet cameos have not always been decorative jewelry for women. In fact, at different points in history they have been worn as frequently by men. While the birthplace of the cameo was nearly 300 years before the birth of Christ in Alexandria, Egypt, cameos owe their origins to ancient carving traditions. As far back as 15,000 BC, petroglyphs — figures carved into rock — were used to record significant events and communicate information. In ancient times people used cameos to depict an ethic or moral, or to make a statement about their faith or loyalties.

Vintage 14k Shell Cameo by Giovanni Apa

SKU: NA-157

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