Most people think of cameos as formal and sentimental; something sweet and Victorian, pinned to a high-collar lace shirt or carved with a dowager portrait. But today's cameos are anything but sweet and sentimental.
Traditionally carved from shells or stones, cameos have been in the jewelry lexicon for centuries. In the 21st century, they are playful, colorful, with sly bold images, making for an intriguing high-fashion mix of old and new.
"Reinvention, rebirth, unexpected, traditionally punk," is how Amedeo Scognamiglio, a fifth generation southern Italian cameo maker, describes this new world of cameo modern. Here's how some of today's jewelry designers mix traditional antique cameo making with their own modern stamp:
Olivia Collings Antique Jewelry Known for her fresh, modern-trending antique jewelry, Olivia Collings cameo statement ring has a stone agate cameo surrounded by old-cut diamonds. The Grecian goddess-style portrait is set in 18 karat rose gold and was originally made in 1850. The carving was probably crafted in Italy and then mounted in England. $8,775. Available online.
Bochic Miriam Salat and David Aaron Joseph are the designers behind the brand . Their leather cuff sports a carved mammoth portrait cameo, surrounded with approximately 5.5 carats of diamonds. $20,250. Bochic is carried by Wilkes Bashford, Palo Alto, (650) 322-7080.
Julie Wolfe A Laguna Beach transplant, artist and jewelry designer Julie Wolfe creates found pieces in her