Cameos and Portrait Jewelry

Cameos come in a wide range of materials and settings. Here you will find cameos carved in shell and other natural materials such as abalone, as well as man-made materials such as plastic and glass. Settings range from 14K to sterling to base metals.

While cameos can be done of people, animals, flowers, buildings, etc., the most commonly found subjects are women, usually done in profile. For our shell cameos we strive to find those with the prettiest faces done by carvers who produce miniature works of art.


Description: Goddess Pin-Pendant - Shell cameo with classical motif, rope style frame.  Frame is marked 14K, 24" chain is marked gold filled.  Excellent quality findings.  Cameo is 1" x 3/4".

Item: PN1-001

Price: $169.00 US


Description: Curly Haired Pin Pendant - Shell cameo with floral motif; twisted-style frame.  Excellent quality findings, marked gold filled and with an initial logo that is unfamiliar to me.  Slightly under 1 1/4" x 1".  $119.00 (no chain)

Item: PP1-002

Price: $119.00 US


Description: Upsweep Profile Pin Pendant - Shell cameo in a double rope frame.  Cameo measures 1 1/8" x 7/8".  Findings are of good quality, though not as good as the two above; nonetheless, the carving is well done and attractive.  $129.50 (no chain)

Item: PP1-003

Price: $129.50 US


Description: Cameo Bracelet with Matching Pendant (No Chain) - Carved cameos of unknown material that is not man made, but exactly what it is I don't know. When held up to the light and viewed from the back, the cameo heads can be seen, so the material is translucent, not opaque, and carving markings and irregularities in the shape of the material determine this to be a natural material. The cameos appear to be set in brass? and the matching filigree connectors may or may not be hand wrought. I feel that this was not made in the US but I have no proof of that. The bracelet is 6 1/2" x 3/4" with a hook/eye clasp; the pendant is 1 1/4" x 7/8". The oval jump ring attached to the pendant top appears gold filled but is not marked. Excellent condition. The cameos would all appear to have been done by different carvers as the head styles are all quite different. Perhaps something brought back from Europe by a soldier or a tourist.

Item: PS1-042

Price: $135.00/set US


Description: Horizontal Leaf Cameo Brooch - This shell cameo has a lovely frame which appears to be goldfilled, though it is not marked.  A leaf motif appears on either side of the cameo and gives the feeling of an Art Deco transitional piece.  Prong set cameo measures 5/8" x 1/2"; frame measures 1 5/8" x 3/4".

Item: PP1-005

Price: $69.00 US


Description: Cameo with Extended Pinstem - This shell cameo is a bit of a mystery to me.  An almost identical cameo is shown on p. 99 of the Clements' Cameos:  Classical to Costume , listed as a mid-19th century pendant with an etched and beaded frame.  I would have guessed this to be an older cameo except that even though the pin stem is extended, the locking safety clasp does not appear to be a replacement, and as locking safety clasps were not in general use until the 1930's, it would appear that this is not mid-19th century.  So, if I'm wrong, you get a real bargain!  The bezel set cameo measures 13/16" x 9/16", frame measures 1 1/2" x 1 3/8".

Item: PP1-006

Price: $87.50 US


Description: Glass Intaglio Necklace on Heavy Chain - 24" braided goldtone rope chain, 3.5mm, with better than average safety clasp. Pendant is reverse molded, with looping trim around metal frame. The pendant is heavy, about 1 7/8" x 1 1/2". Excellent condition.

Item: PN1-040

Price: $24.50 US


Description: Black Plastic Cameo Brooch - This layered cameo, is, I believe, a molded plastic center with a bakelite frame.  About 2 1/2" in diameter, the cameo features an Grecian style profile with headdress (tiara?), earrings and necklace and flowing attire.  Nose is more Roman than contemporary cameos.

Item: PP1-013

Price: $30.00 US


Description: Courting Scene Locket with Glass Pearls and Chain Tassle - Porcelain courting scene locket with white glass pearls and tassle on a heavier 24" goldtone chain with large spring ring clasp. Locket is 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" (approx.) and appears to have never been used. Excellent condition except for two tiny chips in the porcelain to the left of the man's head (see enlargement.) that must have happened in storage.

Item: PN1-041

Price: $27.50 US


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