Cameo & Portrait Jewellery

The beauty and the wonderful workmanship of these one of a kind quality vintage, antique and new cameo and portrait jewellery are truly remarkable.

 

As a gift or for yourself, we offer a variety of handmade cameos, carved cameos, painted portraits, fun faces, modern cameos and Victorian Cameos. 

 

We clean and gift box all jewellery complimentary when purchased.

Available in store in Toronto and here online

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia                                     

 

History of Cameo

Cameo is a method of carving an object such as an engraved gem, item of jewellery or vessel. It nearly always features a raised (positive) relief image; contrast with intaglio, which has a negative image. Originally, and still in discussing historical work, cameo only referred to works where the relief image was of a contrasting colour to the background; this was achieved by carefully carving a piece of material with a flat plane where two contrasting colours met, removing all the first colour except for the image to leave a contrasting background.

 

A variation of a carved cameo is a cameo incrustation (or sulphide). An artist, usually an engraver, carves a small portrait, then makes a cast from the carving, from which a ceramic type cameo is produced. This is then encased in a glass object, often a paperweight. These are very difficult to make but were popular from the late 18th century through the end of the 19th century. Originating in Bohemia, the finest examples were made by the French glassworks in the early to mid-nineteenth century.

 

Today the term may be used very loosely for objects with no colour contrast, and other, metaphorical, terms have developed, such as cameo appearance. This derives from another generalized meaning that has developed, the cameo as an image of a head in an oval frame in any medium, such as a photograph.