This is an modern style agate Medusa cameo. The cameo has been bezel set into sterling silver with a permanent bail 4 mm chain.
It is approximately 20 mm round (0.79 inches) in size. Comes with a sterling chain 18.
Medusa was one of the three Gorgons, daughters of Phorcys and Ceto, sisters of the Graeae, Echidna, and Ladon all dreadful and fearsome beasts. A beautiful mortal, Medusa was the exception in the family, until she incurred the wrath of Athena, either due to her boastfulness or because of an ill-fated love affair with Poseidon.Transformed into a vicious monster with snakes for hair, she was killed by Perseus, who afterward used her still potent head as a weapon, before gifting it to Athena. The cameo comes with a certificate of authenticity and a beautiful velvet box for gift giving! Our agate stone cameos are all made from original hand carved cameos. We are proud that our new laser cut cameos were made by our full staff of hand carved artists and then produced by a laser.
Agate stone is nearly impossible if not impossible to carve with such detail that is why we chose lasers to help us achieve the look we wanted to achieve. Please do not confuse these agate cameos with our hand carved selections. These are made by laser our other sardonyx shell carnelian shell, etc. Are never made with lasers. Welcome to CASCO Cameos, LLC.
CASCO Cameos is the sole provider of cameos in North America. The founding company, CASCO s. Is located in Torre del Greco and was founded in 1928. The factory is located in Torre del Greco, Italy, the capital city of coral and cameos, nestled between the foot of Mount Vesuvius and the Mediterranean Sea, overlooking the bay of Naples. The materials used to produce the great works of are: Sardonyx shell, Carnelian shells, pink shells, Tiger shells, lava, coral, turquoise, and semi precious stones.Every cameo produced is an original, hand carved , not machine or laser carved piece of artwork. Each piece is like wearing a sculpture, a panting produced just for you.
Cameo production is a very delicate operation. From the selection of raw material to cutting and carving them into beautiful creations, our master carvers pay great attention and have great pride in what they produce. Since ancient times, cameos have been prized by collectors and jewelers.
The creative process for the cameo begins where the shell divers appropriately select specimens from 90 to 100 feet below the water's surface. The divers' harvest journeys to the shops of craftsmen in Torre del Greco, where the artist painstakingly searches for sea shells free of flaws and cracks. A new dimension of artistic skill and aesthetic appeal was added to cameo carving when it was discovered that many stones - and later, shells - were made of different colored layers.This allowed the artist to create a striking contrast between the raised (relief) layer and the flat (background) layer. Unlike our competitors who use modern machinery to assist in the initial stages of the process, our master craftsman performs the intricate details still carved by hand. The individual piece to engrave is mounted with tree sap on a wooden stick. After sketching a picture of what he intends to carve, the engraving begins using steel burins.
The goldsmith work is strictly hand-made and the techniques used are part of the most remarkable Neapolitan and Italian artistic tradition. Gold frames, like cameos themselves, are created in all shapes and sizes, the most popular being the oval. A gold metal ribbon (bezel or gallery wire) is wrapped around the perimeter and folded over the edge of each single cameo.In this fashion no two can be exactly alike in their curvature, thickness and contour. The bezel is then surrounded by the most decorative part of the frame: gold-moldings, twisted ribbons, double wire braids, mixed ropes, strings of pearls, hallow-cane, etc. And embellished with filigree patterns, or diamond settings. Every single Cameo has a history in itself--an exemplary story of devotion and sacrifices of a long and hard apprenticeship. It's a rigorous selection where fantasy, creativity and knowledge of the drawing are essential to give life to cameos narrated in only 2 mm of thickness. Cameos are more than just jewelry, they are a personal item to be cherished and carefully conserved and past down from generation to generations to come. Each one has its own uniqueness, and never are there two pieces produced that are exactly alike. This is what makes cameos even more special. Item number 677 A, B, C, D, E, F reference 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 4F-105.
The item "Medusa agate cameo set with permanent bail" is in sale since Monday, December 3, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Handcrafted, Artisan Jewelry\Brooches, Pins". The seller is "cascocameosllc" and is located in Barrington, Illinois.
This item can be shipped worldwide.