The Italian art of cameo making

Cameo carving today is done on sea shells, either on the Sardonyx shell or Cornelian shell. Both are equally beautiful. The sardonyx shell is more brown, whereas the cornelian shell is of a more lighter, reddish color. Cameo has always meant every shell worked in relief, so the shell is carved from the front with the picture or profile in relief. Every shell cameo is unique and the skill needed to create these exquisite pieces is immense. There are workshops in Italy where each person will specialise in various aspects of the portrait. For example, one person might specialise in hair or hands, another in the nose. Obviously, this does not apply to the “master” carver: his hands manage to transform a piece of shell into an incredible sculpture and is a true collectable. Unfortunatly, because of the very nature of this painstaking work, this art is becoming a thing of the past, so owning a precious cameo becomes even more meaningful.


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Since 1972 Pierotucci has been designing and producing classic Italian Leather goods for men & women, including leather bags, leather handbags and purses, leather jackets and leather accessories such as wallets, gloves, belts and much more.
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