Design Your Own Family Keepsake
Combine Lab Emerald with any gemstone to create your own unique family keepsake with the birthstones of your loved ones, or your favorite combination of colors.
Combine Lab Emerald with:
It was around the Victorian era that the use of shells for carving cameos became more common, making cameos less expensive and more accessible to the growing middle class. Cameos quickly became popular as commemorative gifts. Because unlike stone cameos, shell cameos only took a few days to carve, portraits of a specific person could be easily made to order, making them popular personalized gifts. Jewelers specialized in setting the finished cameos in different frames, surrounding the carvings with anything from gold to pearls to enamel. These finished pieces were then worn as rings, bracelets, necklaces or brooches.
While a number of artists still hand carve personalized cameos, most cameos these days are made using an ultrasonic mill and produced in bulk from a single design. Agate, often dyed to enhance its color, continues to be a popular material for cameos. Mass produced resin cameos are also widely available as costume jewelry, often depicting the head of a pretty young girl. Popular colors for cameos are white on a background of black, blue or reddish-brown.