Beautiful mid 1800s Victorian lava cameo brooch. Set in gilt metal. Apparently unmarked. Made in Italy.
Good condition, setting with wear.
"During the 19th century, colored lava excavated at an archaeological dig at Pompeii was used to make highly detailed, three-dimensional carvings. That’s where many of the women who were traveling to Italy for their Grand Tour picked up their lava cameos. More than a perfectly portable souvenir, these lava cameos became status symbols, proving that a woman had indeed traveled abroad."