Cameos are amongst the most classic embellishments in the realm of jewelry. BuDhaGirl presents Cameos “a la moderne”, in either antique blue or classic black. These Cameo pendant necklaces feature a hand-wrapped silk cone pendant with cognac and smoke collared crystals that encircle the rose colored cameo crafted in the ancient city of Sienna. Our Cameo pendant hangs from a luxurious silk cord.
Handcrafted in Empoli, Italy exclusively for BuDhaGirl. Measures 35” long.
Sir Wallis Budge alleged that the noun "Cameo" apparently comes from Kame'o, a word used in kabbalistic slang to signify a "magical square",a kind of talisman whereupon magical spells were carved.
Cameos are often worn as jewelry, but in ancient times were mainly used for signet rings and large earrings. Stone cameos of great artistry were made in Greece dating back as far as the 3rd century BC. The Farnese Tazza (a cup) is the oldest major Hellenistic piece surviving. They were very popular in Ancient Rome, especially in the family circle of Augustus. The most famous stone "state cameos" from this period are the Gemma Augustea, the Gemma Claudia made for the Emperor Claudius, and the largest flat engraved gem known from antiquity.
The technique has since enjoyed periodic revivals, notably in the early Renaissance, and again in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Neoclassical revival began in France with Napoleon's support of the glyptic arts, and even his coronation crown was decorated with cameos.
In Britain, this revival first occurred during King George III's reign, and his granddaughter, Queen Victoria, was a major proponent of the cameo trend, to the extent that they would become mass-produced by the second half of the 19th century.
Mindful Glamour Ritual: Pause. Breathe. Reflect on the provenance of your cameo. Understand for a moment its history and its longevity. What else in your life shares these qualities? Then…Go. Be it.
Thought: “The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe