Cameos have been around in some form as early as the third century B.C. They are carved in relief from compressed layers to reveal a portrait or scene in a contrasting color.
Initially cameos were not worn as jewelry, but were carved from gemstones as objects of art representing Greek Gods or Roman soldiers.
They have experienced periodic revivals over the centuries, the last being in the 18th and 19th century.
Now, most cameos are carved from shell to be worn as jewelry.
I have a few pieces that have unique colors or unusual forms
like this sweet old compact
or this darling pill box.
Some I use in my bottle making.
But my largest collection is black with white relief. I tend to look for the gorgeous ladies with flowing hair. They are grouped together and displayed in this dish. I noticed how most face the right, hmm?
Since I'm a lefty, I’ve now started looking for left facing cameos.
I found this cutie and she pushed all my buttons. I love her, and I love cameos! Hope you enjoyed them too.
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