The goddess is depicted with her key attribute - a stalk of wheat in the tendrils of her luscious curls. Demeter's hair is also accented with a single bezel-set diamond. The diamond was probably added in the late 19th century when diamond-set cameos became very fashionable. This brooch also has a hinged bail - can be worn as a pendant as well. This is an estate piece in excellent vintage condition, especially considering that the carving is well over a 100 years old.
Weight: 35.1 grams - this is a heavy pin / pendant. Measures 55 mm long (excluding the bail) by 44 mm wide at widest point - large statement piece. Tested 14k , engraved "1914 - Louise Breidenthal Dec 25".
The cameo might be substantially older than the engraving. Demeter is the goddess of Harvest, who presided over grains and the fertility of the earth. Though Demeter is often described simply as the goddess of the harvest, she presided also over the sanctity of marriage, the sacred law, and the cycle of life and death. Her Roman name is Ceres.The symbol of Demeter is a stalk of wheat. The item "Antique Victorian 14K Yellow Gold Coral Diamond Cameo Goddess Brooch Pin Pendant" is in sale since Tuesday, February 5, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Cameos". The seller is "stylenow007" and is located in Palisades Park, New Jersey. This item can be shipped worldwide.