Shell was a popular medium for use in cameo carving because it was light in weight and therefore didnt limit the size of the piece. Tropical helmet shell was extensively used for its good color contrast and depth of layers.
The Cassus rufus variety was white and pink, the Cassus madagascariensis had white and brown layers. The depth of the white layer in the helmut shell was sufficient to allow very high relief with lots of detail. Throughout history, persons of royalty have set the tone for jewelry fashion.It is said that Queen Elizabeth loved to wear cameos and it is noted that Catherine the Great had a very impressive collection of them. And, the cameo survived the whims of changing fashion during the Nineteenth Century in England. Since Queen Victoria favoured cameos, the cameo was quite popular during and since her reign. They were popular as pins and pendants usually worn on a black velvet ribbon or even sometimes-pastel satin ribbons. And interestingly, the intaglio, which was a piece carved below the surface, came before the cameo.
In ancient times, the intaglio was used to seal papers or to mark property. Later on, it became a jewelry item worn by women. The cameo is the opposite of the intaglio. It is a portrait or scene carved in relief with a contrasting colored background. In the Nineteenth Century, skilled artisans utilized gemstones, stone, shell, lava, coral and manmade materials to produce cameos.Italian carvers began using shell for their creations around 1805. ByJewelry of the 19th Century - Beautiful Cameos... The Victorian Era, shell had become appreciated as a medium that was easily carved and inexpensive. Unlike carved gems, the shell cameo was less formal and was worn during the day. Stone cameos came from agate, onyx or sardonyx.
These materials offered many colorful layers for carvers to utilize. The item "ANTIQUE 18K YELLOW GOLD CAMEO PIN BROOCH PENDANT NECKLACE CARVED SHELL VICTORIAN" is in sale since Saturday, November 17, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Cameos". The seller is "4744366" and is located in Andover, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.