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The Victoria & Albert Museum
A brooch of shell cameo, this jewel was designed to hold a lock or plait of hair, or possibly an image, in the glazed compartment at the reverse. Most likely, it was made as a memorial jewel, but it could have been intended as a sentimental gift between lovers or friends.
The cameo depicts a scene of The Three Graces. Mounted in gold, the cameo is set with garnets. It was made in England around 1850 by a now unknown maker. it was given to the V&A by Miss Edith Dunne.