It is the time of safe values, including cameos, a process that dates back to Alexander the Great and his engraver Pyrogateles, still cultivated today in Torre del Greco in Campania.
In uncertain times we invest in safe values, in objects with the flavour of the time and local traditions, preserved and handed down, with commitment and passion.
The cameos stand out, a process that dates back to Alexander the Great and his engraver Pyrogateles, still cultivated today in Torre del Greco in Campania. The cameo processing is exceptionally meticulous, with engravings on shells, mostly from tropical seas.
The engravings, especially classic, are made with the 'burins', very fine chisels requiring delicate wrist work.
The cameo often mounted on precious metals such as gold becomes a cherished icon on jackets and spencers' collars and pinned on a knot of a cache-col or a simple white shirt.
The value of an ornament does not depend on the stones' carat weight but the evocative power of the design and artistry. Cameos are becoming more and more contemporary, old cameos mounted on leather or engraving motifs that break away from the classical tradition to meet the taste of the new generations.
The cameo makes a comeback as a perfect symbol of refined elegance, never ostentatious wealth, but a memory of refined traditions, which do not know the wear and tear of time and maintain their charm unchanged, a savoury blend of classic aesthetics and contemporary craftsmanship.