Cameo is a method of carving that features a raised positive relief image contrasting a negative intaglio image. The method is often used to make jewelry with different stones layered together. The most popular stones for this are onyx and agate but other semi-precious gemstones can be used as well. Cameo jewelry dates as far back as the 3rd century BC and first made an appearance in Greece. Like most trends, cameo has gone in and out of style, making an appearance in the early renaissance era when French military and political leader Napoleon Bonaparte wore cameos in his coronation crown.
It made another comeback in the 19th century when Queen Victoria of Britain started the cameo trend by wearing them so often that they were mass produced and sold by merchants all over.
But now celebrities like Kanye West have been bringing cameo jewelry back and by the looks of it we can assume that it will be around for a while.
In fact, Miu Miu has a whole new collection of the Edwardian era costume jewelry with a pinch of new flavor. The collection ranges from $495-$995 and features a variety of pastel colored pearls and crystals contrasted against jewels of intense blues and yellows. But although the bracelets, earrings and necklaces have an added twist with their vibrant color combinations they are made with the same investment casting technique that was used to make Napoleon’s and Queen Victoria’s jewelry. What are you waiting for? Dress in style like the royals and shop cameo jewelry now at Raymond Lee Jewelers.