Hand Carved Cameo Necklace - Sappho

SKU: 32317T
  • Set in sterling silver upon two strands of fresh water pearls, this stunning cameo necklace is hand carved in Italy from a single shell.

    - Materials: Hand carved conch shell, sterling silver, and pearl
    - Dimensions: 1inch x 1 1/4 inches 
    - Length of chain: 16 inches + 2 inch extension chain
    - Comes with Certificate of Guarantee
    - Item #: 32317T

    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 Sappho (c. 630 – c. 570 BC). Sappho is the most famous of the ancient Greek women poets associated with the name of her island home, Lesbos. Sappho's poetry was lyric poetry, and she is best known for her poems about love. Most of Sappho's poetry is now lost, surviving only in fragmentary form.

    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.