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Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by Heidi Rolstad, Jun 23, 2024.


What's the engraving of XVIII mean besides 18?

  1. The year it was done?

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  2. The number made?

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  1. Heidi Rolstad

    Heidi Rolstad New Member

  2. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    there looks to be a number on the pin closure....

    I see no need to pay extra insurance premiums
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  4. Heidi Rolstad

    Heidi Rolstad New Member

    Yes I finally got a look at it it says 10K
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  5. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Welcome, Heidi. It's a lovely cameo, cut in helmet shell. The hinge & clasp place it to the 1920s, I would think. Is the frame white gold with yellow gold accents?

    It's a very nice piece, made priceless by its connection to your grandmother(s), but it does not really make any sense to insure it individually.
  6. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    The Roman numerals read XVIII. Could that be the year? On the cusp of the 1920s?

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  7. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Good eye. I didn't notice. It's possible, maybe even plausible, that the numerals are for the year. @Heidi Rolstad Did anything of significance happen in the year, such as a marriage? It would have been a perfect engagement gift. It's a very fine piece.

    That said, I have to add that I see Roman numerals on the backs of cameos from time to time & they do not pertain anything we can recognize now. Inventory numbers, price codes...
  8. Heidi Rolstad

    Heidi Rolstad New Member

    I am not 100% sure if it is silver and gold, but it looks to me to be just gold.as for the roman numerals for a significant date nothing matchs that date that we know of. I thank you all for your help.
  9. ola402

    ola402 Well-Known Member

    Other than that's the year WWI ended. Perhaps after years of scrimping, someone decided to splurge. Or a soldier brought home a beautiful gift at the end of the war?
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