This is an incredible Antique Cameo of Jesus Christ. The cameo is a 3 color shell carved by a master carver in Italy. The carver was able to bring out three natural layers of shell. One being the foreground a creamy white, the second being a darker brown color and the third is a pale white almost grey at the top. These three colors are incredible when added to the detail of the shell. The cameo of Jesus has him in a sad moment apparently after the placing of the thorns on his head. His head is leaned down in sorrow but with a spiritual light around the head. His hair is long and flowing and his beard and mustache is quite detailed. All these detail add up to a small work of art that you wear. It's truly a beautiful cameo. The setting holding it is quite unique and a mystery to me. The metal is not gold nor silver intentional or not i do not know. It is a mixture of several base metals that look like silver but is not. The setting is the handwork of some unknown jewelry that made it all by hand. It was cut only for this cameo i do not believe any other would fit. It has unique filigree work around and a strong C hook pin in the rear with an 0 ring at the top to hang on a chain. All works good and you can wear it both as a necklace or a brooch. It has an aged patina that make it look like the era it came from the late 1800s. The patina is interesting and unique and should not be cleaned off. It measures 2 inches from top to bottom.