How to age an antique cameo| Finally revealed

Here 3 easy tricks to start and reach a fair appraisal

In this Blog post we'll talk about:

  • How to distinguish an antique one from a new 

  • How much is my antique cameo worth?

  • How to age an antique cameo?

Antique cameo brooches & pendants, rings and earrings are for sure the most wanted online cameos: let's say "antique italian cameo jewelry" in general.

The most famous websites show you antique cameos, old and vintage: the word "victorian" is used more for identify a style more than the real age of a product. Every cameo ring is infact old, estate, victorian, edwardian or things like this.

I don't wanna go too much in depth in this polemic but I can say that online there are more victorian cameos than cameos done in these times .. it sounds me strange ... but you know I'm strange too :)

cameo ring can be old, estate, victorian, edwardian or things like this. But it's hard to believe that you can have all of these for 14.99 $ or less.

but let's back to us ... for sure you'd like to know the answer to the 3 different questions I made

How can I distinguish a new cameo from an antique one

I think I can easily answer to the first one with this post on my blog ... and as I often do I'll use images to semplify the concept cause, you know, images speak louder then words.

So let's reveal 3 simple tricks you should use ... but first of all, focus your eyes on the next image of cameo pendants for 10 seconds

1.....2 ......3 ... .... (hey they were not 10 seconds) .... :)

Here the 3 tips to distinguish an old cameo:

The conch shell is fundamental for a right appraisal

1)Usually the conchshell (on which the cameo is made) looks ticker than the one used for the new ones

Why? There was not pollution and conch shell were better and thicker

The tridimensional effect must be impressive

2)The care for the details is extraordinary but not redundant, the cameo itself has more 3D effect looking like a sculpture rather than a over-curly woman

Just think about to a roman or a greek scolpture, think about Michelangelo, Canova

The niose of the woman should be "a greek nose"

3)The woman represented is usually more real, not idealized and shows sometimes a greek profile (look at the nose)

How much is old cameo jewelry worth ?

Every cameo is different and need to be looked like an unique artistic masterpiece: the tricks I gave you are basically main guidelines to start an appraisal in the best way.

Antique doesn't mean beautifull: there are good cameos or bad cameos. For sure in the past times artist were more focused on creating unique pieces for a very selected clientele. This basically means more time on every single piece, more quality.

Yes my granda was used to work less than me :) and probably with less stress.

How to give an age to a cameo?

I've answered to this question describing how you can tell if a cameo is new or antique.

About the styles that identify the age of a cameo I suggest you this post on our blog

For getting even more in depth with this, I suggest you to read my ebook on cameos, you can download it for FREE

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Marco Jovon