This week we are back to jewellery. Today I am going to show you a particularly emotional piece for me. This Cameo was made for me from a picture of myself. My husband (I think I have talked more about him in this blog then intended but…) I am so in love with this piece and him of course. Not only is it a pendant, it is also a brooch. I have never worn it as a brooch, as I am to afraid of losing it.
In fine jewellery the cameo is defined as an ornament carved in relief from a high-quality material such as stone, shell, coral, Gutta-percha, bog oak, ivory, lava, or mother-of-pearl. Mine is done in shell. My husband thought that it would be really neat to have one made from a picture of me; I was much younger in the picture that he took to the jewellers. At the time, I had curly hair and always had it in a hair band. I am so glad this is not in colour, I can’t remember what colour my hair even was then!
I would not in my wildest dreams ever think of taking this piece apart to make something new. It is so unique, I know that no one else will ever have one like it. With this one I added a very ornate but heavy chain. I did not want this piece to fall off at all. Every time I put this on, I check everything over to make sure that the bail is not getting thin, the chain links are still good and the clasp is still closing properly.
I see some cameo brooches come in to Harmony Jewellers for the Estate section of the store and it always makes me wonder who the model was, how the pictures were done, and how much it was treasured. It also makes me a little sad to think that someday, when I am gone, my cameo will end up in someones else’s collection, and what will they think of it.