At The Cameo Collection, you may find cameos made of the following
carnelian shell is the shell most frequently used
for cameo carving. In color, carnelian shells are a low-intensity
peach or orange color, offering contrast between foreground and
sardonyx shell has a thick outer wall and a dark
brown interior, and when carved it can resemble marble. Cameos
carved in sardonyx shells are distinctive in color with a dark
brown background and white foreground, and frequently cost more
because the shells are rare.
cameos are carved in mother-of-pearl, producing a cameo
of an opalescent, bluish-gray color. These cameos are best set
Agate cameos are carved ultrasonically. Blue or green in
color, these cameos come from Germany and have a more modern look,
despite the fact that agate has been used for cameos for centuries.
But for a few set in silver, all cameos sold at The Cameo Collection
are set in 14K gold. The shell cameos, imported from Italy, are
all signed by master carver Gennaro Borriello.
Follow the links on the left to learn more about cameos.
Read a brief history of cameos
Learn how to care for your cameo
Discover the art of cameo production
Thanks to Anna M. Miller's book Cameos
Old & New for shell information.