"Young Girl Reading" Cameo The cherished French painting rendered by the French artist, Fragonard, has been interpreted in an ethereal blue-green agate that waters the eyes when held to the light. The ancient art form peaked in popularity during the reign of Queen Victoria. 3/4 x 1/2 in. Each is a handcarved original and may vary slightly.
Historians believe that cameos first appeared in Greece and Rome, very likely as some sort of magical charm to afford protection. In part this belief has to do with the popular base material – agate, which was often carried as an amulet. Shell cameos appeared on the scene much later, but were also more easily carved. By this time Italy had become the center of hand made cameos, and it remains a very important region for keeping this historical art alive because they use the ancient techniques.