Ready for Your Cameo

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate GemologistCameos may have a reputation for being a bit prim, but designers are promoting new ways to wear these sculpted beauties. These artful forms of jewelry, which emerged around the time of Alexander the Great, are precious or semi-precious stones upon which a profile is carved. They were accepted as personal adornment by the Romans at the end of the second century BC. From there, the European passion for cameos extended right up to the 19th century. Now, cameos have been given a fresh, modern look. Instead of dowdy brooches that firmly fastened 19th-century collars, designers are reinterpreting the old-fashioned motifs and carving cameos from two-toned shells and stone. Cameo necklaces, earrings, and bracelets speak with a romantic voice.There is perhaps no more feminine and classic gift of jewelry than a cameo. Not all cameos are created equal and the materials and methods used can be confusing for anyone trying to find the right one. For care-of-cameos, use only those cleaners that state specifically they are safe for pearls. Shop from our large selection of quality and brilliant jewelry including cameos and diamonds at 1402 Hancock Street, Quincy Center. Or reach us at 617-773-3636


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