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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1810-20 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Shell and gold

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 18, shelf A, box 6

The cameos in the necklace show subjects such as cupids, pairs of doves and the altar of love. Jewels with portraits or symbols of love, such as butterflies, doves and cupids, were very popular.

Sentimental jewellery was an outward expression of emotion. It was used to declare affection for family and friends, passion for a lover, and loyalty to a monarch or a cause, also religious devotion and grief.

Physical description

Necklace with shell cameos of putti, mounted in gold. A pendant is missing from the necklace.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


ca. 1810-20 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Shell and gold


Length: 46.8 cm unclasped, Height: 2.4 cm, Depth: 0.5 cm

Descriptive line

Necklace with shell cameos of putti, mounted in gold, Italy, ca. 1810.


Shell; Gold

Subjects depicted

Cameos; Putti


Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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