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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2016 $5 Gold Eagle PF-70 Ultra Cameo NGC
Oct 17, 10:00 AM CDT
2016 $5 Gold Eagle PF-70 Ultra Cameo NGC
by Leonard Auction
Est: $150- $200
$2003 Bids
Vintage Designer Style Cameo Necklace, Earrings
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Designer Style Cameo Necklace, Earrings
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Large St. Louis cameo compote
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Large St. Louis cameo compote
by Jaremos
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
14KT GOLD ART NOUVEAU CAMEO
Oct 24, 3:00 PM PDT
14KT GOLD ART NOUVEAU CAMEO
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Small Cameo Brooch/Pendant LOT 329
Oct 17, 5:00 PM EDT
Small Cameo Brooch/Pendant LOT 329
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$141 Bid
Ladies Elegant Cameo Of A Beauty With Semi Precious Stones
Oct 19, 6:00 PM EDT
Ladies Elegant Cameo Of A Beauty With Semi Precious Stones
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $70- $90
$301 Bid
Vintage 14K Gold Designer Necklace And Cameo Pendant
Oct 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage 14K Gold Designer Necklace And Cameo Pendant
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$51 Bid
Germany Gold Filled Cameo & Pearl Pendant Necklace
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Germany Gold Filled Cameo & Pearl Pendant Necklace
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Gold Filled Cameo Pendant Necklace
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Gold Filled Cameo Pendant Necklace
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
2017 COOK ISLANDS GOLD $5 NGC PF-70 ULTRA CAMEO
Oct 19, 11:00 AM EDT
2017 COOK ISLANDS GOLD $5 NGC PF-70 ULTRA CAMEO
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $70- $90
$101 Bid
SET OF 6 HAND CARVED CAMEOS
Oct 17, 5:00 PM EDT
SET OF 6 HAND CARVED CAMEOS
by Puckett Auctions
Est: $250- $2,500
$201 Bid
Florenza Cameo Pendant
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Florenza Cameo Pendant
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
French cameo glass and metal ewer
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
French cameo glass and metal ewer
by Jaremos
Est: $400- $800
$2000 Bids
Two French cameo diminutive items
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Two French cameo diminutive items
by Jaremos
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
French cameo pink bowl
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
French cameo pink bowl
by Jaremos
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Galle French cameo glass vase
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Galle French cameo glass vase
by Jaremos
Est: $400- $800
$2000 Bids
Galle French cameo glass bowl
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Galle French cameo glass bowl
by Jaremos
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Galle French cameo glass vase
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Galle French cameo glass vase
by Jaremos
Est: $500- $1,000
$2000 Bids
Muller Fres French cameo glass vase
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Muller Fres French cameo glass vase
by Jaremos
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$5000 Bids
Two Richard cameo glass vases
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Two Richard cameo glass vases
by Jaremos
Est: $400- $800
$2000 Bids
Art French cameo glass vase
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Art French cameo glass vase
by Jaremos
Est: $250- $500
$1000 Bids
Webb cameo glass plate
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Webb cameo glass plate
by Jaremos
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$4000 Bids
Two English cameo glass bowls
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Two English cameo glass bowls
by Jaremos
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
Webb Prussian Blue cameo vase
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Webb Prussian Blue cameo vase
by Jaremos
Est: $800- $1,200
$3000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Cameo Pendants


Jaremos

Jaremos

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures