The Greek artists of the roman empire carved gods and godesses. Queen Victoria loved them and had many carved for subjects. The traditional cameo shell of Italy is the flame or bullmouth helmet cassis rufa found on the African coast and commonly called the carnelian shell. THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN ALOT OF CAMEOS SOLD LATELY AS IVORY THAT ARE OLD CELLULOID. Roman and Greek emperors and rulers were imortalized in stone or shell. The demand for cameos was so great that the stone started to run out and other mediums were sought after. For 100 years, 1840-1940, the cameo was the one piece of jewelry most women owned. PLEASE NOTE that all pink cameos advertised as angel skin coral are not; they are pink conch or roselyn shell from the Bahamas. In the renaissance, Greco Roman style was predominate in the portraits, myths, and legends carved. Thru out the ages they were prized as works of art and very valuable. In the early 1800's many people visited Europe on the Grand Tour and wanted souvenirs to take back. Later in WWII men were stationed in Italy and brought back cameos for their women. Today a lot of modern cameos are being carved out of a much larger shell called the emperor helmet; this is a brown and white shell . The pin is long from side to side with the cameo set in the middle. I am also wondering if they may be of Greek mythology? I've seen the design on a black cameo but not seen one like mine, could you please tell me what you think as i have no clue. The style of the portrait seems to precede the 19th century, but perhaps this is not true. Thank you, Barbara by Sonia Schlegel (Traverse Mi USA) I would love to know the valued amount of my 2 Cameos.The pin on the back is not the modern lobster kind of clasp. But most important I would love to know the age of them.Cameos are often worn as jewelry, but in ancient times were mainly used for signet rings and large earrings, although the largest examples were probably too large for this, and were just admired as objets d'art.Stone cameos of great artistry were made in Greece dating back as far as the 3rd century BC.
Today the term may be used very loosely for objects with no colour contrast, and other, metaphorical, terms have developed, such as cameo appearance.
The carving is beautiful, but simple in comparison to the fancy lines I see on all the rest. Any info I could get that would help me date it and find out the value would be greatly appreciated very much. The first is what I believe to be a carved shell cameo and the other I am not sure of the composition. The chain is orginal and is a triple rolo with sturdy "c" clasp. Hi, Is there a way to estimate the age of a cameo by the shape of the nose? by zoe (halesowen) My cameo is on a silver pendant with no hallmarks. The lady in the middle has her back turned and has her arm's round the other two girls.
The pin part seems to be very old silver with a filigree look but made out of rolled metal, if you know what I mean. Around the edging is a small rope design, and in one spot you can see the where it's been soldered. I was told that the straighter the nose, the older the piece... they all turn there head to face the front of the pendant. It is made of some engraved metal which I cannot identify and what would probably be ivory but seems more porous than ivory.
My Mother gave me the Cameo and told me it was from her Great-Great Grandmother. I have tried taking a better picture, but my camera is not the best so is there anything else.
The cameo has no markings on the back, just the pin and a clasp to make it a necklace. Ok, I have been hunting for days to find a cameo like mine, but I cannot. I bought this cameo ring at an estate sale and was curious as to it's age, origin and perhaps worth.