What Is a Cameo? A cameo is a material that is carved with a raised relief that often depicts a profile of a face or a mythical scene. Cheaper costume jewelry cameos exist, and these are set in a base metal and made out of a molded plastic, glass, or resin. These are not hand-carved and are not worth a lot of money.
What do cameos symbolize?
A cameo is a small scene or figure carved in relief. This modern Italian word, meaning to engrave, is thought to have come from the ancient Arabic word khamea, meaning amulet. Folklore relates cameos mystic capacity to attract health and good fortune.
Are cameos good luck?
Cameos were also used as amulets and charms to guard against evil spirits and promote good luck. The main materials used in the making of ancient cameos were precious gemstones and hard-stones such as marble and agates – back then, shell cameos were considered inferior imitations only to be worn by the poor.
Are cameos out of style?
Cameos fell out of fashion in the 20th century, but they are now being appreciated once again thanks to a handful of designers who are giving this classic jewel a new lease of life.