Set in sterling silver with a delicate 14k gold rope accent, this stunning cameo brooch is hand carved in Italy from a single shell.
- Materials: Hand carved conch shell, sterling silver and 14k gold - Diameter: 1 1/2 in - May be worn with a chain as a necklace - Comes with Certificate of Guarantee - Item #: 110217A
Master carver Gennaro Borriello is one of the leading cameo producers in Torre del Greco. He utilizes several carvers of different skill levels who carve cameos to his specifications, after which he approves the cameo and, if necessary, applies finishing touches. Each hand-carved cameo crafted in Mr. Borriello’s workshop boast his signature on the back as a guarantee of authenticity. Gennaro Borriello is responsible for selecting the subject of each cameo produced by his artists. This cameo features Hebe, the Greek goddess of youth. Hebe is the daughter of Zeus and Hera. As the cupbearer for the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus, she is often depicted with her father, who is in the guise of an eagle, offering him a cup of nectar and ambrosia.
Although the tradition of carving positive reliefs, or cameos, from gems, stone, and glass can be traced back to the third century BC, today the most popular cameos are carved in sea shells, a practice that began between the 15th and 18th centuries. The village of Torre del Greco on the Bay of Naples in Italy is the most famous location for cameo design and carving. 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.