Cameos have been around for thousands of years. They were typically carved out of gemstones (see this past post - Watch This Gem Carver at Work) and later in the 15th and 16th centuries, out of shell. The cameos were, as now, worn as jewelry or were art objects.

What we might call classical cameo designs were revivals of this ancient adornment in the Renaissance as well as during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Their popularity still endures to this day. They are a lot more affordable centuries ago as the majority of cameos available for jewelry making are cast from resin molds.

Cameos can be simply set into the appropriate pendant, brooch, bracelet and earrings findings. Or you could wire wrap them or include them in bead embroidery or beaded jewelry projects.

CameoJewelrySupply, a  Vermont family business, specializes in cameos and related findings.  They have a wide range of cameos - my favorites are in the flora and fauna section.

They also have a gothic collection - useful if you make Halloween designs.

They also offer beautiful alphabet and zodiac cameos.  Not the color you want?  Check out their resin mold section - severalof their cameo designs are available as molds.

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