Reimagined Components: The mysterious Victorian woman adorning this cameo-style medallion of unknown origin sets the mind into mysterious wondering about where it could have come from. 1888 was unable to identify with certainty what its previous purpose was but it reminds us of other antiques we've come across that might be stuck to the front of a book or journal. It was found with a tiny hole punched through it so we decided to simply polish it just a bit as to not lose its gorgeous patina. There is what looks to be a name etched into the front that states "P. Bok". It has been strung on a 20.5" 3mm gunmetal-plated box chain.
Components Found in: Quartzsite AZ
In the Ancient world & Renaissance era, cameos were made from semi-precious gemstones especially the various types of onyx and agate or any other stone that has a flat plane with two contrasting colors.
Victorian Cameos were a revival of Ancient & Renaissance versions. In Britain, this revival first occurred during King George III’s reign, & his granddaughter, Queen Victoria was a major proponent of the cameo trend, to the extent that they would become mass-produced by the second half of the 19th century.
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in a design. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.