A Wonderful Antique Victorian Carnelian Intaglio Cameo Pendant with Mercury Portrait, circa 1890 Fin de Cicle, Neo-Classic. This fine antique piece is made of hand carved dark colored carnelian and antique gold filled. The period around the Turn of the Last Century was filled with Neo Classic styles that were revived from antiquity, including Greek and Roman classic designs. The influence came from excavations of ancient ruins that were done around this time. The pendant holds a piece of deep rich carnelian stone that had been hand carved by Italian artisans more than 100 years ago. The portrait cameo depicts Mercury with helmet. This piece measures about 1 1/16 inches long with bail by about 7/8 inch wide from side to side. The piece dates to the Victorian Era and is in lovely vintage condition. An exceptional antique piece.