While traditional cameos are still prevalent, many don’t realize how much the technique and technology has evolved. The new face of the modern cameo is even more exciting.
While traditional cameos are still important parts of history, the technique has evolved. Modern cameos rely on a more complex technique and intricate materials. Modern cameos, also known as assembled cameos, usually place a carved relief on a background of a contrasting color.
Another technique uses the traditional method, but adds a layer of difficulty by working with different layers and different colors. Dyes make the contrasting colors possible. The most common contrasting color combinations are white-black, white-blue and white-red-brown. The contrasting colors are translucent, and it is easier for a jeweler to create shading effects; shading effects give the pieces more of a life-like quality, and they help the relief, or portrait, pop out more with the added dimension.
While some modern cameo artists still create portraits by hand, the overwhelming majority use the Ultrasonic Mill machine. The Ultrasonic Mill is practical because it creates multiple copies of the master design quickly. Designers also gravitate to machine carved cameos because of the satin surface.
New Face of Modern Cameos
Personalization is a growing trend in jewelry design. Some couples want to move beyond l engraving initials. Today, fingerprints and cameo silhouettes add that extra personal touch. Instead of using the archetypal and classic silhouettes of traditional cameos, designers are incorporating the profile silhouette of their clients.
Imagine the curves of your facial profile on a custom piece. Cameo by Rux and Contura are pushing the boundaries of what modern cameo jewelry is. It looks like modern cameos are keeping a low profile while keeping the profile. What do you think? Would you rather stick to classic cameo archetypes or would you rather be the archetype?