Cameos are a classic form of jewelry that became popular during the 19th century as a tourist souvenir. The Victorians popularized the cameo made from a variety of materials – shell, lava, jet, ivory as well as gemstones such as opals.
A true cameo is a miniature sculpture in high relief, carved from a single piece of material. Other popular styles included habilles (French for “dressed up”) and hard-stone “blackamoor” cameos depicting profiles of African women, much desired today by collectors.
Rock crystal intaglios were very popular from the time of their invention in 1862 and are highly desired collectors pieces today. Sporting jewelry that features dogs, horses, foxes and other animals were popular motifs.
Our collection highlights many fine cameos, blackamoors and rock crystal jewelry from the era.