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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
Jan 19, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$226 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 17, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHONS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHONS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$52 Bids
A Carved Tortoiseshell Pendant Inset with a Cameo depicting a Roman Centurion c.1920
Feb 29, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Carved Tortoiseshell Pendant Inset with a Cameo depicting a Roman Centurion c.1920
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD80
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CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 17, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 05, 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
Jan 05, 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
Jan 05, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1001 Bid
CAMEO CABOCHONS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHONS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
CAMEO CABOCHONS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHONS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
CAMEO CABOCHONS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHONS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
CAMEO CABOCHONS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHONS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
CAMEO CABOCHONS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHONS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 17, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 17, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Antique 800 Silver Carved Shell Cameo Necklace
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Antique 800 Silver Carved Shell Cameo Necklace
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $75- $125
$101 Bid
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
CAMEO CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Van Dell 12kt gold filled cameo pendant, antique, Victorian
Feb 25, 12:00 PM EST
Van Dell 12kt gold filled cameo pendant, antique, Victorian
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$251 Bid
CAMEO, DIAMOND AND GOLD PENDANT
Feb 27, 6:00 PM PST
CAMEO, DIAMOND AND GOLD PENDANT
by O'Gallerie
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
VICTORIAN CAMEO AND WHITE GOLD PENDANT/BROOCH
Feb 27, 6:00 PM PST
VICTORIAN CAMEO AND WHITE GOLD PENDANT/BROOCH
by O'Gallerie
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
14k Gold Cameo Pin / Pendant
Feb 22, 11:00 AM EST
14k Gold Cameo Pin / Pendant
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Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Six Carved Cameo Brooches
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Six Carved Cameo Brooches
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Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
Warm Hues Vintage Cameo Pendant
Feb 27, 9:00 PM EST
Warm Hues Vintage Cameo Pendant
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $60- $90
$300 Bids

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