Carved sardonyx shell cameo depicting a woman in Renaissance dress, mounted In 18k gold - France, c.1860.
Cameo of an Elizabethan lady.
Victorian Ballet Cameo.
Exceptional setting! Master Carved Coral Cameo in Exquisite Etruscan Frame An incredible cameo, perfectly carved in highly polished, pale peach coral and then framed in one of the prettiest mountings I have seen - an exquisite, lacy Etruscan explosion of 14K yellow gold work. Four perfect seed pearls finish the piece which would look right at home in any jewelry museum. circa 1890.
Flora, high relief cameo, Material: Ivory, 18 k gold tested, mother of pearl. Size: 2 2/8" by just over 1 5/8" Date and Origin: Circa 1880 France, probably Dieppe. Conditions: A tiniest petal from a tiny flower on her flowers crown is lost. This is only barely visible through a loupe, not noticeable at all by naked eye, mentioned for accuracy, otherwise mint. (look at the third picture, you can see a flowers with three petals, the fourth is lost).
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.
Antique Cameo Jewelry is a beautiful and unique option if you love them and are thinking of investing in vintage and antique jewelry. A cameo, by definition, is a shell or stone with an image carved into one side or the other of the stone. A relief cameo is carved so that you can see only one side of an image (typically the front or a profile). An Intaglio cameo is one that is carved from behind the picture or profile.