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HISTORY OF CAMEO

  Cameos are often worn as jewelry, but in ancient times were mainly used for signet rings, although the largest examples were probably too large for this, and were just admired as objects dart. Stone cameos of great artistry were made in Greece dating back as far as the 3rd century BC. 

  The Farnese Tazza (a cup) is the oldest major Hellenistic piece surviving. They were very popular in Ancient Rome, especially in the family circle of Augustus. The most famous stone “state cameos” from this period are the Gemma Augustea, the Gemma Claudia made for the Emperor Claudius, and the largest flat engraved gem known from antiquity, the Great Cameo of France.The technique has since enjoyed periodic revivals, notably in the early Renaissance, and again in the 18th and 19th centuries.
  The Neoclassical revival began in France with Napoleon’s support of the glyptic arts, and even his coronation crown was decorated with cameos. 
  In Britain, this revival first occurred during King George III’s reign,

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cameoB20010-Nept.JPG (90583 bytes)  and his granddaughter, Queen Victoria, was a major proponent of the cameo trend, to the extent that they would become mass produced by the second half of the 19th century.

The visual art form of the cameo has even inspired at least one writer of more recent times, the 19th-century Russian poet Lev Mei, who composed a cycle of six poems entitled (Cameos, 1861), as reflections on each of the Roman rulers from Julius Caesar to Nero.

  In 1852 Théophile Gautier titled a collection of his highly polished, lapidary poems Emaux et Camées (Enamels and Cameos). 

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Main article: Engraved gem – Link – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameo_(carving)
  TAMMARO STORY

  The carving of stone, and precious corals and shells. When in 1851 my grant grand father Andrea opens his first work shop In the old city of Naples Italy, the machine he used to cur the shells and stone was hand operated. The young shop assistant would crank the weal while the apprentice pour she water slowly over it to keep it cool.
Thanks to the continued effort of my grand father and father Francesco, We have been able to develop and maintain exquisite craftsmanship. During these one hundred and fifty years our production expanded beyond Cameos and Coral, we also include the manufacturing of bracelets, rings and necklaces hand maid, till this day in bolin, gold, and silver each our signed piece are “One of a Kind”.
The attention to details and exquisite craftsmanship of each article is unmistakable. The result of 4 generation of enriching experience, this unique craft and dedicated effort to preserve this traditions of fine workmanship. Our production is still a small one Tammaro provides valuable assistance to meet the need of the buyer.

 

   Watch master craftsmen create both classical and modern cameo masterpieces and seize this opportunity to purchase cameos at factory direct prices while visiting the only cameo factory in the Americas on a shore excursion during your Carnival Cruise Lines cruise to Isla Roatan, Honduras


OUR DAY AT SEA… WITH MOTHER NATURE

   I’m really not sure if anyone has an interest of our harvesting of shells for those who do, our journey is made three times a year on a 60 foot steel hull fishing boat with 12 divers and a old German compressor to fill our tanks, we stay out for 15 days at sea around 180 miles from the cost where a few keys protect us from the bad weather.
   
Our mornings start
        with the sound of the hustle of the crew and myself walking backand forth with the divers from the kitchen, waiting for the cook to say… IT’S READY BOY’S… GET IN LINE…

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   every one finds a spot somewhere on the boat and tries to get as comfortable as possible, who sits on the canoes, who finds a chair, a couple in the hammock, around the borders of the boat, who stands like myself and looks at the sea and tries to concentrate where will be our next dive site, and not miss our family… so we tighten up and stand strong and start our morning loading tanks, fins, and weights around, as if they are toys to show our courage.
    Once we shove our canoes into the sea and lower our tanks and dive gear in the canoes, we clime in the canoes, one man will be the rower, that will follow the divers bubbles and the course of the other diver.  The diver in a crazy way, on a good day, is rewarded with the view of Mother Nature colors with, fish, corals, sands, fields of grass, rocks and feels more tranquil by the colors of Mother Nature even though he is knows… he is not the ultimate predator.
  Our search begins…
        the type of shell we are looking for is not so easy to find because it buried up in the sand most of the time, the Cassi Madagascariences shell only to a trained eye will be able to find this particular shell. ONE out of 100 shells will be good enough and thick enough to carve the cameos. The day goes slow and courage is need. 
    For most of the shells are not the “Quality Good Enough” to be carved.  90% of the shells seen, are to remain on the bottom of the sea, with the diver hope, to pick up in the next journey and to be the right one. If not for the love of diving and being out at sea not even the few shells that are harvested would ever be seen to be made into a Master Carved Cameo.
    After 15 days of diving we have visually seen over 80,000 shells that are left on the bottom of the sea,
only 1,000 come back home with us.

I believe Mother Nature already knew…. That only a few cameos where to be made…

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