Monday, July 4, 2011

1940s Mother of pearl cameos

If only she could talk - she is 70 years old and I like the way she looks into another time - is she looking backward to the past? Cameos date back to 3rd century BC in Greece! The word describes carving a relief into stone or shell. They were often used as signet rings and very popular with the ancient romans.  Royalty traditionally used to give cameos of themselves to loyal subjects- mementos of their power and greatness!

The standard theme of a young lady as subject for cameos is very old. The delicacy, innocence and beauty of a young maiden may be a reminder of eternal youth- another talisman of hope for the wearer.
Make your own exquisite piece with these vintage cameos.

1 comment:

  1. I have a secret obsession with cameos... Shhhh ;p

    Stopping in from the Etsy blog team :)
    Happy 4th!