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Treetrunk Silver Ring w/ Cameo
Mfc: Bernard Delettrez
Price: $540.00
Store:  Forzieri
Bernard Delettrez Treetrunk Silver Ring w/ Cameo Polished silver ring with tree trunk texture finish and skull cameo detail in center. The jewelry pieces undergo a ceramization process to preserve the [more info..]

AMEDEO "Heart & Star" 40mm Cameo Hematite-Tone Pendant with 20" Chain
Mfc: Amedeo
Price: $54.95
Store:  HSN
AMEDEO ""Heart & Star"" 40mm Cameo Hematite-Tone Pendant with 20"" Chain Talk about jewelry that makes you starry-eyed. Fall in love with the handcarved elegance of this bold and beautiful pendant [more info..]

Fremada 14k Gold Over Silver Mom and Baby Cameo Necklace
Price: $19.63
Store:  Overstock
Lovely black onyx mom and baby cameo pendant is highlighted by sparkling cubic zirconia Jewelry is crafted of elegant 14-karat yellow gold over sterling silver With a princess-length box chain, neckla [more info..]

Sterling Silver Simulated Pearl & Cameo Earrings , Gold
Price: $100.00
Store:  Boscovs
These sterling silver pearl cameo earrings make a great gift! These earrings showcase a cameo picture center and pearl drop. They have a leverback closure. Size: 28mm x 11mm.

Tan Cameo Necklace
Mfc: Blair
Price: $9.99
Store:  Blair
Tan Cameo Necklace So delicate you can see the wisps of her 1890s upswept hair, andthe petals of the roses she holds dear. Encircled with filigree and suspended from a 24" chain with 3" extender and l [more info..]

1928 Silver-Tone Cameo Pendant Necklace , Black/Silver
Price: $28.50
Store:  Boscovs
A charming 1928 Victorian style masterpiece, this cord necklace features a cameo pendant suspended from a simulated leather black cord necklace. Clasps in the back with a lobster style closure. Size: [more info..]

Sweet Romance Intaglio Cameo Vintage Oval Victorian Earrings
Mfc: Sweet Romance
Price: $46.49
Store:  Overstock
Sophisticated and whimsical. Earrings boast handmade glass intaglios in yellow, clear and champagne color options. Intaglio (reverse cameo) is a centuries old art form and feature a romantic classic i [more info..]

AMEDEO "3 Graces" 25mm Cameo Ring
Mfc: Amedeo
Price: $24.97
Store:  HSN
AMEDEO ""3 Graces"" 25mm Cameo Ring Bring out your best qualities. This ring is the epitome of beauty and elegance, complementing your own fabulous attributes. With its bold handcarved image of the th [more info..]

Woman Agate Cameo 18K Gold Ring
Mfc: Del Gatto
Price: $298.00
Store:  Forzieri
Del Gatto Woman Agate Cameo 18K Gold Ring 18K gold agate Cornelian cameo ring by Del Gatto using age-old artisan techniques to sculpt the image on Cornelian shell featuring woman's face in profile. Ma [more info..]

Cameo 18K Gold Link Bracelet
Mfc: Del Gatto
Price: $1,698.00
Store:  Forzieri
Del Gatto Cameo 18K Gold Link Bracelet Exclusive bracelet from the Del Gatto Corniola collection which uses particular South-East Africa sea shells. The Italian Del Gatto family has been working in th [more info..]

AMEDEO "Heart & Star" 30mm Cameo Hematite-Tone Ring
Mfc: Amedeo
Price: $19.98
Store:  HSN
AMEDEO ""Heart & Star"" 30mm Cameo Hematite-Tone Ring Talk about jewelry that makes you starry-eyed. Fall in love with the handcarved elegance of this bold and beautiful ring. A traditional s [more info..]

Sweet Romance Intaglio Cameo Vintage Oval Victorian Earrings
Mfc: Sweet Romance
Price: $46.49
Store:  Overstock
Sophisticated and whimsical. Earrings boast handmade glass intaglios in yellow, clear and champagne color options. Intaglio (reverse cameo) is a centuries old art form and feature a romantic classic i [more info..]

La Preciosa Sterling Silver Italian-Made Cameo Oval Pendant
Mfc: Classic Imports
Price: $53.99
Store:  Overstock
These Italian-made classic cameo pendants are available in either pink or blue agate. A matching 18-inch chain is included and supports this beautiful cameo pendant. Style: Pendant Gemstone colors: Pi [more info..]

AMEDEO 20mm Cameo Crystal Goldtone Knuckle Ring
Mfc: Amedeo
Price: $59.95
Store:  HSN
AMEDEO 20mm Cameo Crystal Goldtone Knuckle Ring POW! Glamour. BAM! Elegance. With the classic allure of a genuine cameo in a fierce modern design, you're accessorizing to kill. Wear it to dress u [more info..]

Sardonyx Cameo Pendant / Pin
Mfc: Del Gatto
Price: $2,395.00
Store:  Forzieri
Del Gatto Sardonyx Cameo Pendant / Pin The Italian Del Gatto family has been working in the shell cameo and coral art for over five generations selecting every piece and crafting it with a unique carv [more info..]

Young Girls Cornelian Cameo Pendant / Pin
Mfc: Del Gatto
Price: $315.00
Store:  Forzieri
Del Gatto Young Girls Cornelian Cameo Pendant / Pin The Italian Del Gatto family has been working in the shell cameo and coral art for over five generations selecting every shell and carving them with [more info..]
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About Cameo Jewelry

There are two kinds of materials for cameos. One material, as we have seen in a previous article, is shell. The other material that is used to carve cameos is gemstones. Cameos carved from gem material are said to be "Hardstone Cameos". The term "hardstone" refers to any opaque stones used in making cameos, such as agate, carnelian, onyx, etc. Hardstone cameos are more durable than shell cameos; so they are much more expensive than shell cameos. For this reason, they are said by many jewelers to be a finer type of cameo than their shell-based counterparts.

Agate is the most popular gemstone for carving cameos. Agate is micro-crystalline quartz. It is popular because of its durability. Ancient Greek and Roman jewelers carved cameos out of agate. The oldest agate cameo found dates back to around 200 B.C. Agate also comes in a variety of different colors. The most popular colors used in recent history have been blue or green. Many modern cameos are made from banded agate, which simply means that the agate has naturally formed bands of color running through it. Modern day agate cameos are primarily carved in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. They are often carved ultrasonically or using dental tools!

Coral is another colorful cameo stone, was popular during the Victorian era as a symbol of good luck. Coral also been used in ancient times for good luck. Ever seen pictures of Egyptian scarabs [beetles carved into coral and worn as jewelry]? Today old coral cameos are rare and expensive! Other gemstones have also been used to carve cameos. Cameos have also been carved from opal, lapis, emerald, amethyst and ruby. These types of cameos or the most costly. Hardstone cameos have been carved in gemstone since ancient times and used on helmets and military accessories like breastplates and sword handles, on rings and other jewelry, and on vases, cups and dishes. During the Middle Ages, Pope Paul II was an avid cameo collector. Napoleon, who started a school to teach the art of cameo carving in Europe, loved cameos.

The most popular motif for a cameo carved from gemstone is the profile of a woman. However, because it is "tougher" than a shell cameo, many themes could be carved into agate and other "hardstones". These themes included: gods/goddesses, mythology, birds and flowers. The most valued gemstone cameos, however, are "metamorphic" ones. These include several subjects, such as a woman and a flower, within one carving. These are also called art cameos. Because hard stone cameo fakes were able to be mass produced after the Industrial Revolution, you must go to a reputable cameo carver or jewelry dealer to find one. Then, before you buy, examine your hardstone cameo carefully. As stated in a previous article on shell cameos, the stone should be without major cracks or chips. In recent years, people have tried to fake a cameo, (which is carefully carved from one material); by gluing a carved face from one material onto a different material of another background color! This is particularly true of hardstone cameos. Ask a trusted jeweler specializing in cameos to examine the cameo under a microscope to be sure

The care for gemstones/cabochon cameos is the same as it is for shell cameos, although shell cameos are more delicate. Again, as stated in a previous article on shell cameos, all cameos will require special care. Cameos should be dusted. After you dust it, you may rinse the cameo with warm water, drying it afterward with a soft cotton cloth. They should be oiled at least once a year. It is recommended that one use mineral oil. Olive oil, if it is not completely removed, may turn a cameo yellow. You should always avoid using soap, harsh cleaners or commercial jewelry cleaners. Remember, use a light hand! Do not scrub the cameo! And do not leave it to soak! Cameos must be stored in a clean, dry place, away from heat and bright lights. It is preferable that the jewelry box containing the cameo be lined. Follow the above guidelines and you will enjoy your gemstone cameo for many years to come!
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