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...

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