What does cameo jewelry mean?

A cameo is a material that is carved with a raised relief that often depicts a profile of a face or a mythical scene. Cameos are commonly made out of shell, coral, stone, lava, or glass. These carvings are set in either gold or silver.

What are cameos worth?

Cameo jewelry values vary significantly depending upon the intricacy of the carving and authenticity of the piece. High-quality, one-of-a-kind cameo can cost upwards of $10,000; however, cameo knock-offs can be quite inexpensive.

Which way should a cameo ring face?

The most common way to face is right. The second most popular is left, then forward. These rare facing cameos can be worth a lot of money. Women are used most often as subject matter in a cameo, but a man is worth more.

What were cameos used for?

Cameos are often worn as jewelry, but in ancient times were mainly used for signet rings and large earrings, although the largest examples were probably too large for this, and were just admired as objets d’art. Stone cameos of great artistry were made in Greece dating back as far as the 5th century BC.

Who is the woman on a cameo necklace?

The most common depiction in cameos is of the “anonymous woman.” Shown in profile, her hair and bone structure have evolved over time, but generally she looks the same. The cameo habillé depicts the traditional portrait with the addition of gemstones, often a miniature diamond necklace around her neck.

What kind of stone is a cameo?

Ancient and Renaissance cameos were made from semi-precious gemstones, especially the various types of onyx and agate, and any other stones with a flat plane where two contrasting colours meet; these are “hardstone” cameos. In cheaper modern work, shell and glass are more common.


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