I don’t recall what they were carved in, but the backgrounds were chocolate brown and they were stunning. Left: Art Deco 10k white gold filigree brooch with hand-carved shell cameo of the Three Graces (The Three Muses), circa 1920s, 5. Right: Platinum Art Deco coral cameo pendant necklace with diamond, emerald and onyx accents, ,500.Photo: The Gold Hatpin (D) I think cameos are ideal for making one-of-a-kind jewelry, even today.These affluent Victorians eventually had a big influence on cameos when they demanded a more familiar-looking lady, with a thinner neck, her hair up, and wearing jewelry.Vintage cameos also incorporated religious figures and scenes, floral motifs, and images from mythology.Cameos are commonly made out of shell, coral, stone, lava, or glass. Cheaper costume jewelry cameos exist, and these are set in a base metal and made out of a molded plastic, glass, or resin.These are not hand carved and are not worth a lot of money.In particular, ancient Roman motifs have been popular for cameos since they first appeared during the reign of Alexander the Great, when they were made of agate, onyx, and sardonyx.
Agate is amazingly durable; some Greco-Roman agate cameos date back as early as 200 BC.
Hence, the classic cameo: the cream-colored profile of a woman carved in relief on a brown background.
Rarity, not necessarily age, determine a cameo's value.
"Agate is hard to carve and took more talent to use than other, softer materials," says Weber.
Many cameo carvings take advantage of the stone's multicolored layers.