Cameo-making dates back to the Roman Empire, but jewelry designer Amedeo Scognamiglio's use of alternative materials and contemporary designs revolutionizes the art form. A sixth-generation maker of cameos (two-layered pieces of jewelry hand-carved in bas relief), Scognamiglio taught himself his craft at age 16 — learning the same ancient techniques used by his ancestors for hundreds of years. Today Amedeo is the world's leading manufacturer of handmade cameos, with portraits of refined 19th-century ladies, regal elephants, sweet-looking owls, and countless other designs gracing pendants, bracelets, rings and earrings.
Vintage-inspired cameo jewelry has been making an unexpected comeback as of late, and we wouldn't be surprised if it was in no small part due to Amedeo's creative, modern iterations. The hand-carved portraits here manage to retain a sense of nostalgia while still being completely on-trend—in particular, the multi-colored link bracelets, python cuffs, and blue agate designs.
When you wear an exquisite piece of jewelry, you really don’t need anything else. The ornate, multi-gem cuffs from M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza and necklaces from Konstantino look like something out of a museum. The shoulder-sweeping diamond earrings by Michele Siegel and the three-leaf drop earrings by Paul Morelli are show-stoppers. This sale also features whimsical pendants that are guaranteed to get noticed, such as diamond-encrusted pigs and genie lamps.
Don't know much about history? These jewelers' retro baubles can take you back in time. Find Victorian cameos by Amedeo, India-inspired bangles by Arunashi and Vendoro's gem-drenched glamour evoking 1950s Italy.