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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cameo Appearance

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.

And thank you all for participating in our 
"What's It Wednesday"  linky party!
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Blessed Serendipity said...

Patti your cameos are gorgeous! What a pretty collection you have. I never thought too much about what way they face but I am sure the next time I look at a cameo I will.


*Shabby LOCO!* said...

oh I Luurrve the black background ones! Gorg!
Newest follower and sister, Skee Wee!

Anonymous said...

Those are just gorgeous. Thanks for hosting.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I have always had a particular fondness for cameos and have a few but nothing to compare with your collection ~ these are georgous!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

What beautiful cameos! I love your collection. I only have one cameo that I purchased on a trip to Venice. Seeing your collection makes me long for more!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh my goodness, these cameos are gorgeous. I have a thing for cameos too!! The pink one with the pearls is so unique, and I am also admiring the rose with the black background. They are so elegant to me, but I never knew the history of them. Thank you for showing us these beautiful cameos.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Anonymous said...

These are so pretty. I haven't seen the black and white ones before, but they are very striking. I love the compact and the pillbox.
Of course now you have pointed out that they mostly face right, I will be looking out for lefties too!

Karen said...

Your cameos are beautiful! I rarely see them, so I am definitely going to start paying better attention.
Have a great Wednesday!
Ladybug Creek

Pellie / Penny said...

Your Cameo collection is exquisite.
I too love Cameo's and have a collection of my own starting. Sure enjoyed seeing yours and drooling over each and every one of them.


polkadotpeticoat said...

Oh my your cameo's are some of the loveliest I have ever seen....amazing!

Ricki Treleaven said...

I love cameos, and your collection is impressive! THe black and white ones are spectacular.

What a neat idea for a linky party. I will ned to think of something to post so I can play soon!

Ricki Jill

Ann said...

Patti, your cameo collection is gorgeous. I've picked up a few over the years, but none can compare to your exquisite pieces. said...

Love you gorgeous cameos. I wore one of mine yesterday. I think they are just so beautiful. Thank you for sharing yours with us:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens


Oh Patti, wish I could make a Cameo Appereance like that! Wow!, such totally unreal collection, sooo gorgeous! Thank you lovely ladies for hosting. Love,

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Patti, what a gorgeous collection of cameos. I have never noticed that most face to the right. I will be looking for left facing ones from now on.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Patti,
your cameo collection makes me swooning. I love cameos and bought once one in Rom. You have a stunning collection. I also love the Wedgewood jasperware for this cameo look. Thank you for sharing your precious collections and for hosting this glamourous event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your cameos are gorgeous Patti.
I also have a collection like you need to show them on my Blog some time.. I would like to thank you so much for hosting your party for us.
Hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
XXOO Diane

The Greeley Girls said...

Love your cameos!! We have a post up now for white Wednesday on our site, with cameos! We can say great minds have thought alike. Feel free to check us out if you make your way over. :)


Kim @ French Country Antiques said...

I've always loved cameos, too! You have some great examples.

Revi said...

Hi Patti and Paula,
Thanks so much for hosting this party! And I appreciate the feature, too! It's always such a pleasant surprise to see something of mine on my favorite blogs!

Revi said...

I've said it before and I'll continue to say it - your collections NEVER cease to amaze me! Always a pleasure...

Unknown said...

Dear Patti, your cameos are so beautiful. You have a lovely collection and I must say they are stunning..I have never seen a left side cameo before. It is a true beauty..

Geneva said...

Your cameos are beautiful... I don't think I've ever seen a collection as nice as yours.
Have a Blessed day & thank you for hosting this party.

Rebecca Nelson said...

OK girly...I did it JUST FOR YOu!

What a fun parteeee!!!!

Now...just have to tell you I LOVE your cameos! I've loved them since I was little and my mother wore them.


Plumfield House Gardens said...

The cameos are so beautiful, you have a wonderful collection, I love them too, so elegant

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Cameos add a touch of class. Nice collection. Thanks for hosting.

CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...


What a lovely Cameo collection and I love your blog! Thanks for visiting Magnolia Cottage. I'm your newest follower. Looking forward to following along.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh how fun and exciting to see my Bdrm. featured. Thank you so much. I am so honored. Thanks also for hosting such a fun party. I just got linked up. Hugs, Marty

Sarah said...

Patti, this is such a beautiful post. I'm going to share this with my friends who are in my antique club. We call our club, CAMEO. ;-)
These are gorgeous pieces! Thanks for hosting. ~ Sarah

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Patti, You have a gorgeous collection of cameos. I only own one but it is a beautiful antique one made from ivory. Thanks for sharing your fabulous cameos at the Open House party.
Hugs, Sherry

Olive said...

I love, love the cameos. Especially the black and white ones.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi Patti! You have a wonderful collection of cameos! I find them just fascinating.

Rose Garden Romantic said...

What a lovely blog! Thank you for your sweet comments on mine. So glad to have found you, too! Your cameo collection is beautiful!

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow! What a fantastic collection! I adore your cameos! You take such beautiful photos, also. Thanks for stopping by my blog this evening!
Hugs, Cindy

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you for the invite Patti you are so sweet and a beautiful soul.

I adore cameo's and yours are divine!

Thank you for visiting my Théâtre Français,(French Theatre's)
They are a lot of fun, best of all setting the stage to a production.

Have a beautiful creative week.


The Tablescaper said...

So beautiful. I love the blue ones!

- The Tablescaper

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Wow! You're collection is just... wait! I just drooled on my keyboard. I'm absolutely nuts about cameos...

Heirloom treasures said...

how beautiful your cameo collection is,I love them all. I hankered for one for years and then my brother gave me a vintage rose gold brooch for my birthday and I love her. I wear it whenever I can it's so beautiful.
Thank you for visiting me and for your nice comments.
x jeanetteann said...

I love cameos too, Patti! Your collection is enviable ~ wish I had one!


Custom Comforts said...

Gorgeous collection of cameos Patti. Each one is so pretty and unique it would be hard to pick a favorite. I only have one cameo and it is a ring. I must get it out and start wearing again after seeing all your pretty ladies.

Richard Cottrell said...

My mother collected cameos. she had shadow boxes made and hung them on the wall when she did not wear them. They were given to her grand daughters. where they are now? I have some in the shop for sale, but just costume. I like the black ones with rhinestones. Thanks for sharing. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Antiques And Teacups said...

I love cameos! What a wonderful collection! Lovely photographs!

Our Hopeful Home said...

Hello Ladies! I've joined in the fun today. Oddly enough I realized recently that you were no longer on my list of blogs that I follow. How weird is that? Never fear, I have re-followed you guys once again! Oh, and I absolutely love cameos too. One of the most sentimental gifts I ever received was a cameo brooch and earrings.

Curtains in My Tree said...


I love cameros and have one I am crazy about . I took it to the Antique Road show when I was on , however not worth but a little over $125. It is what I would call extra large

your pictures are so good , I need a camera so I can take close ups

lvroftiques said...

Oh Patti I'm drooling all over my keyboard! What a gorgeous collection!! *drip*...I've got that longggging feeling! *drip* If I could reach right through the screen and "borrow" a couple I would *drip drip* How long have you been collecting them?
And I'm sooo excited to be featured! Thank you so much my friends!

OK I can't actually borrow them, but I CAN do the next best thing and PIN em!! So off I go.... My trigger finger is itchy! *winks* Vanna

Debra@CommonGround said...

OH MY, your cameos are just amazing! just linked up, a little late I know. thanks so much for hosting! xo

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cameos! They're one of my favorite things! I just love your amazing collection! Your features are great! Thanks for hosting another great party!

An Oasis in the Desert said...

Patti, your cameo collection is wonderful. They are all so beautiful. I really love the little compact. It is such a pretty shade of periwinkle.

Deserae said...

Your cameo collection is gorgeous! I never noticed that most of them face right....interesting!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


Oh dearest, what wonderful finds you share! How is school? Ours is rolling along quickly and it is crazy, but I guess that is the way it is everywhere.

THANK YOU so much for visiting tonight! HUGS! Anita

Jennelise said...

Beautiful cameos! Thanks for once again reminding me to link up :) I did my post very late at night. Always a pleasure to visit here! Take care!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Be still my heart! Your cameo collection is breath taking, some I have never seen before!


Anonymous said...

love your gorgeous collection of cameos!

June said...

OMG Patti!!! You have such beautiful cameos! Can you believe that I only have one? : ) But I do look for them everywhere. I love all of yours but I think the ones with the black backgrounds are my faves. Just amazing!!!!
hugs from me...

Stacey said...

really, really gorgeous cameos! love the bit of background info on them too!

Palomasea said...

Oh sweet Patti, thank you so much for stopping by to say hello! Haven't had much computer time lately.

Your collection is so beautiful...I will be on the lookout for left-facing cameos for you! I never really noticed that detail..
Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend!
- Irina

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Thank you so much for the invite...I'm sorry I've been so swamped with orders I just saw your comment!
Your cameos are absolutely beautiful. I know whenever I come by I will always be entertained by something beautiful. Your blog is the epitome of true elegance.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend~

Kelly said...

I never knew so much about cameos before. It's always educational going to your blog. Those cameos are very pretty. You have a very nice collection.

Leslie said...

Those cameos are so lovely. Beautiful blog!


Miss Gracie's House said...

Cameos are so pretty and romantic...and you have a wonderful collection!

very merry vintage style said...

These are so pretty! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday--hope you'll be back this week!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Just fabulous collections and vintage possessions. I am green with envy!

Liz Thackeray said...

I just discovered your blog. It's awesome. I love all of your cameos. Where did you find them? Yard Sales? Thrift Stores? One website, I've recently discovered that I love for yardsaling is It maps out all the sales!


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