All the charm of a handcrafted cameo

Works of art to wear

Extraordinary coral sculptures

All the splendor of a bronze sculpture

All the charm of a handcrafted cameo

Works of art to wear

Extraordinary coral sculptures

All the splendor of a bronze sculpture

Unique handcrafted jewelry

About the artist

Agostino Centobelli was born in Naples on 5 April, 1974.
He has been passionate about drawing and painting since he was a child. Artistic study began at the state high school of art in Torre del Greco.
His love for carving shell cameos arose with the need to focus his interests in one single direction."I regard cameo carving as a special art set between painting and sculpture" he says . "A real cameo has the sense of sculpture's three dimensions while the shades one can obtain through glazing are peculiar to painting". Attending the Academy of Fine Art in Naples gave him the opportunity to appreciate sculpture and develop his passion for it.
His development as an artist has meant experimentation with new techniques not necessarily exclusive to the cameo form.

Cameos

Cameo carving is a special art set between painting and sculpture

Cameo History

Cutting in cameo is an ancient craft, with its origins deep in history.
Each cameo is a work of miniature sculptural art, cherished by collectors since the fourth century BC. Ancient cameos reveal the manners, customs, philosophies, beliefs, social and historic events that have marked our past.
Only quite recently have we come to associate the name 'cameo' with endless profiles of pretty females, sometimes quite badly carved, produced to satisfy consumer tastes. In actual fact, the range of subjects that are still available carved 'in cameo' is enormous.
If you read on, you will learn about the development of the cameo from its earliest beginning to the modern day. A fascinating tale of skills that have been handed down through the ages, and sometimes nearly lost.
The earliest known engraved stone, as far back as 15,000 BC, were petroglyphs, scratched into rock to record and communicate.
These developed into ideographs ñ symbols representing ideas, and pictographs, which recorded events in picture form. Writing and all other art forms developed from these early recording skills.

Corals

Precious shapes carved in coral

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