“The cameo, perhaps more than any other form of jewel, has been appreciated as a work of art and an object of virtue since ancient times through to the Renaissance era and the Neo-classical period.” The first iteration of cameos can be traced as far back as 15,000 B.C., where ancient civilizations in Egypt carved figures into rocks as a means to record significant events. Since, they’ve been decorated with a wide range of carvings, representing everything from mythological and biblical beings to status and prestige.
|Black onyx like background with Ivory Cameo
|L- 1 1/4", W- 1", T- 1" inch|
|Black & Ivory
|.925 Sterling Silver RIngs
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Taking Care of Your Cameo Jewelry
Cameo jewelry needs to be taken care of to maintain its value and to prolong its life. Always wash with warm soapy water and a soft cloth, avoiding abrasive detergents. Do not use an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner on your cameo and don’t allow your cameo to sit too long in water.
When not in use, store separately in a soft cloth, away from other items that could scratch it and free from dust.
Because cameo jewelry can tend to dry out or crack, it is recommended to oil the piece ever few months. Use a soft cloth to first wipe away any dust and then using your fingers, gently rub the oil over the piece. Afterwards, wipe the oil off the piece. Avoid using olive oil as it can tend to discolor the cameo. It is advised to use mineral oil as this does not pose any potential harm to your cameo jewelry.
It is well worth taking these steps to preserve your cameo, as a high-quality cameo can be a heirloom that will be handed down the generations.