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Vintage cameos: jewelry has become trendy again

Cameos, those pretty and delicate jewels that our ancestors loved, are back in fashion! Not only do jewelry houses produce new models, but vintage cameos are trendy and traded on the second-hand jewelry market. Our selection of vintage cameos is here to satisfy your desires and please those around you!

The cameo: a very old jewel that is back in fashion

The cameo finds its origin in the Greek and Roman civilizations where they were very often used to have on oneself a kind of pious image honoring a god, religious figures, or even heroes and leaders. It very quickly became ornamental and many women wore it out of coquetry.

It must be said that this technique of bas-relief engraving on a rather fine stone gave particularly successful jewellery, of great finesse and easy to wear as a pendant for the most part. But, at that time, the cameo could also be affixed to various objects such as crockery, furniture, vases or military objects.

Over the centuries, the cameo lost its popularity to almost disappear in the Middle Ages when it was no longer used. It will be necessary to wait for the Renaissance, to see it reborn from its ashes as a feminine jewel. In the 19ᵉ century, it was Queen Victoria who made it an essential object of feminine adornment. It will retain a special aura for many decades, but will gradually be neglected in the second half of the 20ᵉ century.

In recent years, we have witnessed a comeback in vogue of the cameo, widely reinterpreted in a contemporary way by jewelry houses. This has revived vintage cameos that are increasingly sought after on the second-hand jewelry market or vintage jewel.

Huge selection of vintage cameos

For those who are looking for a quality vintage cameo, our platform allows you to choose between many models presented to you.

You will find them mostly in pendants or brooches, but also in vintage rings, in necklaces and also in earrings. In any case, they are quality vintage cameos, carefully preserved and of great beauty.

These cameos are made with very fine stone, moonstone, on shell, but also on coral. For this last material, it is mainly vintage earrings that are concerned.

Most of these cameos are of ancient inspiration and can represent portraits of various women, but also Mariannes, Princess Athena, the goddess Flora, religious scenes or scenes of different kinds. They are associated with different precious stones (onyx, sapphires, opals, etc.), diamonds, but also gold and pearls. Their age varies, but many are from the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.

Finally, as with all our second-hand and vintage jewelry, our vintage cameos have had the attention of our professionals to present you for sale only perfect pieces at the price of a careful selection.