Gemstone cameos are carvings which typically feature a raised relief image of a person's face or head, and in some cases, the silhouette or outline of an individual. The art of carving and engraving gemstones is an ancient and traditional practice known as glyptography. Historically, cameos were often used for the making of signet rings, as well as religious and mourning jewelry. Nowadays, cameos are becoming increasingly popular for the production of trendy pendants, brooches, and various other jewelry accessories.
Cameos and carvings made from natural gemstone materials are quite rare because it requires the skills and talent of an expert carver, as well as a lot of gem-quality material in order to produce them. The most common material used for cameos includes different varieties of quartz, such as agate, chalcedony, and carnelian, as well as amethyst and colorless quartz (rock crystal). In addition to quartz, cameo gemstone carvings can also be found in a variety of other gemstone types as well, including mother of pearl and ruby-zoisite.
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