This is a magnificent gold shell cameo brooch depicting in fine engraved detail the profile of Athena, the patron goddess of Athens, worshiped as the goddess of wisdom, handicrafts, and warfare. This beautiful brooch is from the Victorian era, circa 1850.
The inner frame is 18 karat and outer 14 karat gold. Fifty three almost identical white pearls embellish the contour of this lovely brooch.
This stunning Victorian cameo brooch weighs 13.97 grams and measures 44 mm x 38 mm.