This pendant is hand-crafted from a mold of a vintage cameo that is pressed into fine silver clay, formed into shape, and fired in a kiln at 1650 degrees. I've soldered a tube-set blue-violet Tanzanite faceted stone to the base. Once fired, it is polished and then oxidized to bring out the beautiful 3-dimensional details of the face and hair. The result is a stunning and versatile pendant that works as well with a t-shirt and jeans as it does with a special dress.
The history of the cameo dates back to ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. They often depicted mythological themes while paying tribute to favored gods and goddesses. They were carved from gemstones, shells, and glass.
Tanzanite is a rare gemstone that comes from Tanzania in Africa. It's said to stimulate the third eye, crown, throat, and Etheric chakras. It's called the "stone of transformation", and has a powerful calming and positive energy.
Metal clay is made from powdered precious metal combined with an organic clay-like binder and water. The clay acts as a binder for the silver and is burned away during firing. This leaves a pendant that is 99.9% pure silver, in contrast to sterling silver, which is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. It is hypoallergenic.
Pendant measures 1 1/4" long and .75" wide. It hangs on an oxidized sterling silver chain with lobster clasp. Total length of pendant is about 19" long. In stock now