Cameo Habilles

Produced from the early 1940’s in Italy, these shell carvings, usually a female clad in an inlaid hard-stone dress, was adorned with gem-set jewels. This technique was pioneered by Dafrique of France, famous for his ‘cameos anim├ęs’, particularly the hard-stone cameos of negro girls clad in ruby and rose-cut diamonds.

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