Dealer Description: Wow – this huge, finely carved shell cameo measures 3 ¼” x 2 ½”, and will surely become the centerpiece of any cameo collection! Masterfully carved, the three Muses dance merrily among floral ribbons. Framed in 14K yellow gold filigree (looks like little openwork hearts) it is accented with applied, engraved gold leaves and natural, whole pearls. Marked 14K, along with initials that look like “KPS”, it has an early safety clasp and sturdy collapsible bail. The frame and quality of the carving suggest a dating of 1910-1930, may be a hair later however, we just aren’t sure on this one. It weighs a whopping 22.5 dwt (34.9 grams) and is in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks, hairlines or other faults to note.
I don't know why, but Im a big fan of greek mythology based cameos. It could be due to my love of human figure sculpture - the idea of being able to wear a piece of sculpture is too good to pass up. This three muses pieces is just exquisite. There are more photos on the link above to see the piece in fine detail.