June 28, 2017

You either love them or hate them, those creepy, fanged creatures jutting off roof lines of historic buildings or lurking in gardens. Gargoyles have roots in medieval times, originating as rain spouts. Over time they ebbed and flowed in popularity making a notable come...

June 28, 2017

As a Victorian I seek out places that exude the beauty and grace of days gone by. This is the first official "Quintessentially Victorian" travel review! The Quintessential Victorian will review Victorian venues by using a 'parasol rating scale' with one being the lowes...

June 21, 2017

Just for fun, I am posting a variety of cameos, both old and new, as well as period photos of women donning cameo jewelry. Kramer, blog star cat, decided to assist with the photo shoot. Enjoy!

Blessings,

Victorian Lady Kim

 Shell cameo pendent by Florenza with seed pearls...

June 21, 2017

The previous blog posts have discussed shell and lava cameos. This installment in the series will briefly address hardstone and coral cameos. Hardstone cameos are carved primarily of carnelian, sardonyx, or onyx. Many depict a profile that strongly resembles Queen Vict...

June 20, 2017

During the 19th century, people of means traversed Europe on the 'Grand Tour.' Many visited the ruins of Pompeii acquiring affordable souvenirs carved from lava. These tiny treasures were easy to pack and showed that the wearer was well traveled. Lava cameos vary in co...

June 19, 2017

Cameos are an age old art form that soared in popularity during the 19th century. Although cameos are produced from materials such as stone, lava, shell, plastics, and glass, this post will focus on shell cameos. Primarily carved in Italy during the 19th century, shell...

June 16, 2017

In the past few blog posts, cameos have been mentioned frequently so I decided to address them further. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, cameos were not abundant, still I was enamored with the peach colored ovals donning the profile of a lady. I was not exposed to these...

June 15, 2017

It's funny how we go through life harboring a passion for something yet never leaving the port. At the age of 35 I accepted my Victorian self, it was clear to me who and what I longed to be. As a shy child, I kept these things buried deep within for fear of being diffe...

June 14, 2017

Good morning to all those trapped in the wrong era! Throughout my life I have always felt displaced, as if I didn't quite fit in. At an early age I was enamored with cameos, antique furnishings, and historic homes. It wasn't until the age of 35 that I realized who and...

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