Monday, September 30, 2013

Cameos Now

Pink Tourmaline, Garnet and Cameos of Cattleyea Orchids set in 950 Silver

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
Cameos are a beloved art form that have been used for personal adornment for millennia. Any hard carve-able material may be used to create these treasured objects. Shell, agate, lava, even transparent and opaque gemstones have been carved into eye-catching jewels.

STORY TELLING GEMS
These miniature works of art date back prior to 3,000 years BC at least. We know that because at least one carving from that date has survived. The important attribute to cameos is that they often convey a story the artist and wearer want to be told. Historical tableaux, political scenes, domestic life, and royal figures are some of the themes that pervade ancient cameos.

NEW TIMES -- NEW STORY
Today, cameo techniques are being re-energized by artists the world over. They still have a story to tell. But this time, it's often a view of what the contemporary artist holds dear.
                                                                                       Pink Tourmaline, Keshi pearls, Cameos carved as Cattleyea Orchids set in 950 Silver

Panama-based Rainforest Design artisans are actually indigenous tribal members who are also expert carvers. They carve what they know and love. Floral and fauna in their own natural habitat dominate the themes of their collection and offer a window into a world that the rest of us would otherwise never access.

Images Courtesy: Rainforest Design 

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