Cameos are one of the most revived piece of accessory in history. While every decade had its fashion accessory trends, the cameo remains a favorite even today. In ancient times, the cameos were too big and were just admired as objects of art. Stone cameos date back as far as the 3rd century BC in Greece with the oldest surviving piece being the Farnese Tazza (a cup). The Great Cameo of France is the largest flat engraved gem known from antiquity, a favorite of the family circle of Augustus from Ancient Rome. Periodic revivals of the cameo include the early Renaissance, and again in the 18th and 19th centuries. In France, Napoleon began the Neoclassical revival of the cameo and even his coronation crown was decorated with cameos. Queen Victoria beloved the cameo trend and that started their mass-production by the second half of the 19th century. The early uses of cameos in accessories were mainly signet rings and large earrings, later evolving into necklaces with black velvet or pastel satin ribbons. The motifs have also changed with time; classical influenced cameos with gods and goddesses from mythology, country landscapes to today’s floral motifs and anonymous lady motifs.
History and fashion have inspired us to keep this trend alive and make it a part of our fashion accessory collection. It provides women with sophistication and allure, characteristic of a time when classic femininity was chic. Where can you currently find these amazing pieces? The Eda Lourdes collection takes pride in cameos, and every design has to evoke that timeless feeling of freedom and style. Eda Lourdes Cameo Silk Lace Necklace available at Madonna & Co.