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Victorian Lava Cameo of Petrarch Pendant


A celebrity throughout Europe, Petrarch travelled widely for pleasure, and is sometimes called "the first tourist." Known for his work reviving interest in classical literature, Petrarch is considered the "father of Humanism," an attitude associated with the flourishing of the Renaissance. His writing was also used to shape the modern Italian language. Maybe that's why his image was carved into a piece of lava in 1850, probably in Italy: a Grand Tourist from England would have collected this charm as a souvenir of his/her time abroad studying the classics. My favorite part is the scratched-in name "Petrarca" on the back, just in case the English collector was not the brightest scholar. The Italians called him Francesco Petrarca, but we anglicized the name to Petrarch. 


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), lava, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1 1/8" length including the bale, 3/4" width, 18" chain





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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

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