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Cameo Pendants

From profile portraits to charming vignettes, cameo pendants come with a comprehensive past. The cameo got its start in the ancient world, with examples dating to the eras of ancient Egypt and Rome. These earliest pieces were what is known as hardstone cameos, meaning they were carved from a stone such as agate. This provided the organic color striations for which a cameo is known.

In the 18th century, the popularity of the cameo, combined with the expensive production of the hardstone version, resulted in innovative alterations of technique. It was around this time that artists began carving cameos out of coral and shell, both of which were softer and thus easier to manipulate. Another approach, instigated by Scottish artist James Tassie, was to create plaster casts of hard stone cameos and then reproduce them in pressed glass plates.

By the 19th century, the cameo had exploded across fields, and it continued its steady stream of popularity into the 20th century, with cameos becoming a fashion statement in the post-war years.


Quick Facts

  • The oldest record cameo piece dates to ancient Egypt. Uncovered in Alexandria, the hardstone (agate) cameo was reportedly carved in the 3rd century B.C.
  • 19th-century French Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon I, was rumored to wear a shell cameo necklace everyday. Soon after, England’s Queen Victoria also began sporting one on a regular basis
  • American Regionalist Grant Wood featured a cameo necklace on the neck of the woman in his iconic early 20th century painting “American Gothic” (1930); a few years later, actress Vivien Leigh brought cameos to the silver screen in the large brooch she wore in “Gone with the Wind” (1938)

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CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 28, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1001 Bid
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 28, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1001 Bid
Lot of 19 shell cameos.
Oct 14, 10:00 AM CEST
Lot of 19 shell cameos.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €80- €120
€101 Bid
Fine Antique Carved Shell Cameo 14K White Gold Frame
Oct 01, 10:00 AM CDT
Fine Antique Carved Shell Cameo 14K White Gold Frame
by Sofe Design Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
Muschel/ cameo shell
Oct 07, 2:00 PM CEST
Muschel/ cameo shell
by Kunstauktionshaus Günther
Est: €0- €0
€101 Bid
Warm Hues Vintage Cameo Pendant
Oct 11, 10:00 PM EDT
Warm Hues Vintage Cameo Pendant
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $60- $90
$300 Bids
18 kt gold layer stone-pendant
Sep 30, 12:00 PM CEST
18 kt gold layer stone-pendant
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €750- €3,000
€7500 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 28, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 14, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 28, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 14, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 14, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 21, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 21, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 21, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 21, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 21, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 28, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 28, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 02, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 02, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 30, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 30, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 30, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids

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