December 17, 2012


A few years ago, I received an antique cameo as a gift, and my interest was piqued. 
Cameos are works of art unto themselves. 
They're intricate miniature sculptures, dating back to the Victorian ages. 
Now, THIS is craftsmanship! The detail is amazing. 
The beauty of a hand-carved cameo is unsurpassed.

Cameos are usually a portrait of a Roman or Greek god or goddess, royalty, or a Biblical figure.
Famous paintings have also been reproduced onto a cameo. 
Coral, ivory, shell, and turquoise are among the many materials used for carving.

Shell is the least expensive and therefore the most popular. 
On certain shell cameos, you can detect as many as 7 different shades,
according to the number of layers in the shell. 
The first photo below illustrates this.

Enjoy the rich beauty of these cameos. 
My favorite is the woman with the veil. Gorgeous.


Flight into Egypt - RubyLane

Three Graces - antiquejewelrymall

Sardonyx -



via papercitymag


via antiquesnavigator

Bloodstone, Amethyst, Tortoise Shell, Turquoise.

Jesus Christ in bloodstone via

Amethyst via

Tortoise Shell -

Turquoise Athena - eragem


Medusa via

Here's Guido Renin's painting 
"St. Michael the Archangel Slaying the Devil"
and a cameo of the same:



View my post about a modern artistic interpretation
of a cameo found here.
Here's a hint: O-R-E-O!

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting. I wonder what tools were used to get such details.


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