Lady Lessy Lava Cameos
These one-of-a-kind necklaces are composed of:
Victorian, hand-carved lava cameo bracelet links from the late 1800s. Each woman is not only one-of-a-kind, but feature different characteristics and physical attributes. These hand-carved lava cameos were sourced in England.
This necklace measures a standard 18” on a modern 14k gold filled chain. The pendant measures 1" in width.
*These necklaces are sold separately.
Lava cameos came in every form of accessory—brooches, rings, necklaces, and more—and were incredibly popular tourist accessories in the 1800s. These hand-carved treasures were made with a hardened volcanic compound and were typically purchased as a souvenir while on a European grand tour in Victorian times. Lava cameos in particular were common to purchase in Italy after visiting Pompeii—whose fascinating ruins over an entire region were buried in lava and volcanic ash when Mt. Vesuvius blew in 79 AD.
Only the upper class and wealthy could afford to travel in the 1800s, so tourist jewelry like these hand-carved cameos would have been a status symbol to flaunt among your peers upon return home.
All of our modern heirlooms are designed with elements mostly from the late 1800s - 1920s and the highest quality solid gold and gold-filled components. To learn more about different types of gold and composition, check out our Gold Jewelry Guide.
We make, design, and restore each piece of jewelry with the hope you will love and enjoy your modern heirlooms for many years to come. Check out our Jewelry Care Guide for tips on how to care for your pieces so they last a lifetime.
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