Our Carvers

The artists who carve the cameos sold at The Cameo Collection make their home in the idyllic fishing village in southern Italy, Torre del Greco. The town has been an international leader in shell cameo production since the eighteenth century, when engravers first set up workshops to use the coral brought back by local fishermen.

Master carver Gennaro Borriello is one of the leading cameo producers in Torre del Greco, and from him we purchase our shell cameos. Borriello employs numerous trained artists to help him complete the orders. As master carver, Borriello signs the back of every cameo he sells, also checking the finer details of each carving. The finishing touches he adds to a piece have been known to transform a beautiful cameo into a superb piece of art.

Gennaro Borriello is responsible for selecting the subject of each cameo produced by his artists. His men work from their homes, not a factory, etching the detail into each shell at their own pace. A number of these artists have also reached the highly-regarded status of master carver. Some of these carvers do custom work for us, and others have carved some of the finest, most artistic cameos we offer. They sign the front of each cameo they carve and a special certificate with their signature accompanies their work.


Born in Torre del Greco, learned the miniature art from the institute in Torre del Greco and his apprenticeships with great local carvers, including F. Scala. The young artist’s cameos are popular on the Italian market because of his skill in bringing fantasy into his work.

Ciro Fresia

b. 1971 Fresia attended Art School in Torre Del Greco and started carving under master Pietro Simonelli.

Giovanni Turco

b. 1957 Turco has a degree in sculpture from the Fine art Academy of Naples. One of the great carvers on the forefront of using the cameo as a form of modern art expressionism.

Massimo Balzano

b. 1972 Massimo studied at the Art school in Torre Del Greco and trained with Gennaro Borriello. In a short time he has become a master carver producing both classical and modern cameos.

Ciro Accanito

b.1979 Ciro graduated from the Fine Art Academy of Naples and studied under the masters Turco and Balzano. He comes from a family of accomplished sculptors and painters. He teaches carving at the school of Art in Torre Del Greco.

Other Master Carvers

Montanaro Luigi, who signs his cameos with the name Itri, comes from a family of engravers. Trained at the Institute of Art in Torre del Greco, he is best known for his soft, classical profiles.

Gyotto, the pseudonym for Ottaviano Luigi, learned cameo carving from his uncle Pasquale Ottaviano, one of the greats of Torre del Greco. He also studied at the Institute of Art, and is rapidly gaining repute as a young carver.

Gennaro Mazza – b. 1939. He studied at the art school in Torre Del Greco. He carves many flowers for us over the years and signs them M.G.

Ciro Mazza – b.1972 – son of G. Mazza. He has a degree in sculpture from the University of Naples. His pieces are highly regarded and quite valuable. He now teaches cameo carving at the local art school.

Vincenzo Mazza B.1968 Art School Certificate in Torre Del Greco. He learned his skill under a master carver, Gaglione. He also specializes in mosaic work.

Thanks to Anna M. Miller’s book Cameos Old & New for information on Gennaro Borriello and the town of Torre del Greco.