Sweet, dainty, subtle, exquiste craftsmanship. The art of cameo carving is still alive and well in Italy.
Cameo: a technique of engraving upon a gem or other stone in such a way that an underlying stone of one color is exposed as a background for a low-relief design of another color.
Here are some fine examples by Del Gatto of Naples:
Young Woman Agate Stone Cameo Pendant – $238
The Italian Del Gatto family has been working in the shell cameo and coral art for over five generations. This beautiful cameo in an 18K gold frame, is part of the Agata collection which uses particular Brasilian stones.
Loving Mother Agate 18k Gold Cameo Pendant – $215
This beautiful agate cameo by Del Gatto uses age old artisan techniques to sculp the marvelous image of mother and child. The intense blue background and exquisite detailing adeptly conveys the mother’s pure joy – a perfect gift for mothers of all ages.
Young Woman Cornelian Cameo Pendant / Pin – $215
The Italian Del Gatto family has been working in the shell cameo and coral art for over five generations, selecting every shell and crafting them with a unique carving technique. This beautiful cameo, in a wavy 18K gold frame, is part of the Corniola collection which uses particular South-East Africa sea shells. This creation shows a beautiful profile of a young woman with her hair pulled up with flowers.
Another beautiful idea for Mother’s Day or perhaps a gift to yourself.
Available at forzieri.com