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Jewelry trends Victorian and Gothic with gemstones Cameo – Cabochon cut

Follow the Victorian and Gothic style, use accessories as cabochon rings and beautiful cameos, these elements totally complete this look. But learn more about what you use and its use in history.

Victorian style cameo

A Cameo is an engraved gem very trendy with a raised relief image usually of a head in an oval frame. In ancient times and during the Renaissance cameos were made from semi-precious gemstones, especially the various types of onyx and agate.

Please don’t get confused, they look like colorful sweets but they are indeed Cabochon stones. The most beautiful precious gemstones used since antiquity. Since early gemstones were polished by rubbing them with other stones or by using sand as an abrasive.

Gothic cabochon broach

Early cabochon gemstones are known as “glyptic” gem carvings, popularized through ancient Egypt seen in the form of scarabs mostly on blue stones and also seen in China’s carved jade.

Engraved glyphic gemstones and cameos were used as personal signets or seal stones sometimes mounted as a ring, such that an image could be impressed into wax or clay to create a signature.

During the Renaissance, in the 15th and 16th centuries the earliest prevalent use of shell for cameo carving was used. Before that time, cameos were carved from hard stone. The Renaissance cameos are typically white on a grayish background and were carved from the shell.

The Cabochon cut is a method of cutting gemstones into a convex, rounded surface, polished into a simple rounded shape with a flat bottom, ready to be applied into jewelry. This cut is applied usually to opaque gems mostly into an ellipse form, also into ovals, rounds, and teardrops.

The list of gemstones used for cabochon cut:

Gems like Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Garnet, Jasper, Bloodstone, Moonstone, Cat’s Eye, Star Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, and Topaz, .

🙂 For a Victorian Gothic style, use accessories with cabochon rings and with cameos over lace, a tie, a jacket or blouse etc…


See also Nana Kitade Gothic

Look at beautiful cameos in this page

March 2, 2011 Posted by | Skyscraper Gossip | , , , , | Leave a comment