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The Timeless Appeal Of Cameo Brooches

Cameo brooches have seen a surge in popularity in the past few years. To jewellery artists, crafters, and enthusiasts cameos have never gone out of style. The classic lines and elegant feminine profile of a cameo brooch are never out of place. What exactly makes a cameo a cameo? How is it distinct from other, similar, pieces of jewellery? As the cameo enjoys a new-found level of popularity, how will it change?

A rich artisanal tradition

The word cameo actually refers to a method of carving rather than to just the item produced by this method; however, it’s common to refer to cameo-carved items simply as cameos. In cameo carving, a positive (raised) image is created from the background material, often a type of gemstone or other decorative mineral; shells and glass have also been used in cameo creation. As the carving progresses, the natural colour variation of the mineral is revealed. Delicate shifting colours are a hallmark of a hand-carved cameo. Traditional cameo items were made so that the image and the background were of two different colours. Some special cameo carvings have numerous natural colours. The famous Great Cameo of France was made with five layers of sardonyx, a mineral; it features shades of brown, rust, and tan in addition to black and white.

Cameos today

Modern manufactured cameo items can be of a single colour or of the traditional contrasting colour design. Today they’re made out of glass, plastic, resin, and porcelain. The elegant look of traditional cameo brooches have been used in fashion, art, and decorating. The earliest cameos were portraits of ruler or mythological subjects; today they’re much more whimsical and depict everything from skeletons to animals. This timeless design shows no sign of going away and will probably be used to depict even more diverse subject matter.

Making a cameo brooch

Cameo brooches are simple to make, especially if you use pre-made components. You’ll need:

• A cameo-style cabochon in a standard size (14x10, 18x13, 25x18, and 40x30 mm are popular)

• A cabochon frame to match your chosen size

• A bar pin or clutch back pin

• Adhesive appropriate to the materials you’re using

Place the cabochon in the frame. If you like the look of it, use adhesive to secure the cabochon in place. Once the cabochon is secure, use adhesive to attach the bar pin or clutch back to the rear of the frame. If the frame is open in the centre, select a point near the top so the adhesive sticks to the frame and not cabochon. Let dry completely before wearing.

Ways of wearing your new brooch

Brooches are now considered a slightly old fashioned jewellery choice. They’re not as easy to find as they used to be; if you want to find a brooch you’re better off looking at an antique store or boutique jewellery store than a standard department store. Luckily, if you like to make your own you won’t have any trouble finding a new and fantastic brooch to wear with any outfit.

A brooch can be worn on the right or left breast or at the collar. This style is suitable for dresses, blouses, sweaters, and medium-weight shirts. If you’re wearing a blazer or a light jacket a brooch can be worn above the breast pocket or even on the lapel, depending on the size of your pin. Decorative silk scarves can be secured with the use of a brooch. If you’d like to try this look, select a lightweight brooch. Heavy brooches can pull and damage lightweight scarves, especially those made of 100% silk or silk blends.

A cameo brooch is an elegant, timeless piece of jewellery that has remained popular since ancient times. Today’s cameo brooches are fun, funky, and can be found in virtually any colour and style. If you’d like to make your own, you’ll find lots of excellent supplies to choose from.

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