This is an antique Italian shell cameo carved in Italy about 1920 by a master carver. It is an incredible shell carving with great detail and color. Notice the carved flowers in the hair and on the front. IT'S LARGE - It measures 2 1/2 inches from top to bottom not counting the engraved bail (used for a chain as it is a pendant) The setting is a one of a kind sculpted setting of 14kt. gold filled wire made by Internationally recognized master wire sculptor preston reuther. The cameo was carved during the art deco period and features over 70 small ruby gemstones. Plus there is a small diamond used as a necklace in the center of the shell cameo.