Victorian Gold Filled Book Chain and Sardonyx Cameo Necklace
Stunning Victorian gold-filled book chain necklace with a crown-set sardonyx cameo, circa 1870-1880. This beautifully detailed piece features a box clasp that closes in the front, adorned with a cameo of a woman complete with typical Victorian hairstyle and dress. Book chain necklaces-- in which each link resembles a tiny book-- were very popular in Victorian times. This gold-filled necklace is two-tone, yellow gold with rose gold accents on the bar where the cameo sits and the ends of the tassels. The piece is in excellent vintage condition, and in particularly remarkable condition for its age. There is one tiny scratch on the front left of the centerpiece, more visible in photos than with the naked eye, and the slightest of surface wear to the back of the centerpiece. Please see photos. 18" chain with another 1 1/4" from clasp closure to fringy bottom. The oval cameo measures 12mm by 9 mm.