Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Vintage Cameo Love




This cameo is an example of very well done carving on shell. It is probably from Italy. Italy is well known for the expert carvers. The detail is exquisite.

This vintage cameo is also a hand carved item. The origin probably Italy. I think that it is a newer item, judging from the hairstyle. This one may have been personal, a likeness of the purchaser.

I have 3 vintage shell cameos, all from Italy. I really love the beauty and romance of this jewelry. These brooches are also convertible into pendants. The settings may be gold or sterling silver.

I recently found one at a thrift store locally. It is about 1 1/4" by 1". The carving is nice with an old tarnished gold mounting. I think that it will be fun to wear when I am feeling in a romantic mood. 

The funny thing is that these can be purchased for less than new jewelry. My recommendation is that you check the mounting, and make certain it is real. The best way to learn...is to look at the good ones in a antique store.