- Set in sterling silver and accented with 14K gold, this stunning cameo necklace is hand carved in Italy from a single shell. 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 Cupid, known in Greek mythology as Eros. Depictions of this youthful winged god, often shown with his bow and arrow, abound in ancient art. According to Greek mythology, the love god Eros was also one of Aphrodite's offspring. He was often a companion or intermediary for the goddess, but he did not always act with her blessing, and was frequently portrayed as a troublesome child.
- Materials: Hand carved conch shell, sterling silver, and 14K gold
- Dimensions: 1/2 inch x 5/8 inch
- Length of chain: 18 inches
- Comes with Certificate of Guarantee
- Item #: 92216H
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.