Perched at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, Torre del Greco has been known for its hand-carved shell cameo jewelry since the 1700s. Cameos were popular souvenirs among well-heeled English travelers visiting the ruins of Pompeii. Although the tiny fishing village has grown into a developed town, carved cameos remain a local specialty.
These earrings boast a miniature cameo portrait hand-carved from sardonia shell. The bezel is created using the lost-wax casting method, using 14-karat gold-plated sterling silver. A border of tiny cultured pearls circle the cameo.
Handcrafted in Torre del Greco, Italy. 14-karat gold-plated sterling silver with cultured pearls and sardonia shell cameo. 1"L x 1/2"W. Hook with snap closure.