The Art of Hand Carved Cameos

Blue Agate Cameo

The technique of hand carving cameos is an artform that goes back hundreds of years. These beauties were once used for a number of purposes from recording history and heroes to displaying ones social and/or cultural status. Today, Naples, Italy specializes in this workmanship, carving countless cameos that are sent all around the world.

Carved from several types of material in an array of colors, most pieces can be worn as a necklace or brooch, making for a well-rounded piece of jewelry. In my opinon, there is something particularly special about cameos. Not only do they carry an everchanging story throughout the world’s history but they have versitilty in wear and style. I myself have one that I usually style as a vintage piece of jewelry but it can just as easily be worn as the traditional, elegant piece it is.

Typically, cameos are carved from a few different types of shell:

Carnelian Shell – This is the most commonly used shell usually light peach or orange in color and also my personal favorite

Sardoynx Shell – Resembling marble, this shell has a thicker outter layer and a dark brown interior

Mother of Pearl – Once carved this material creates a blue, gray translucent color

Agate – Slightly different from the rest, agate is a stone found in various types of rock that’s generally blue or green

Just take a look for youself! You can literally find just about anything carved into these works of art now a days, from The David to your pet cat, Whiskers.

Cameo of David

Carnelian CameoCat Cameo


About Pierotucci

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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