From the Rialto Bridge in Venice directly to your door anywhere in the world! Eredi Jovon Venice and OG Venice Travel Guide are so excited to offer our readers a chance at winning this gorgeous cameo. The winner of this contest will receive this cameo of the Three Graces by Eredi Jovon Venice, a substantial 30mm, 1.2 inches, hand-carved piece set in sterling silver. It can be worn as a pendent, brooch or used as a very elegant clasp on a pearl necklace.
Cameos are timeless and very nearly priceless jewels. Nevertheless, if one were to purchase this one - handmade in the Veneto - it would cost more than 165 euros. Though that doesn't sound at all unreasonable, it is still exceedingly generous of Eredi Jovon to offer one piece to our readers for free! Follow the instructions at the end of this post to enter the contest.
Who is Eredi Jovon Venice?
What is A Cameo?
A cameo is a relief image, often quite small but highly detailed, carved into multi-layered stone, sea shells, gems, coral, or even glass. The difference in color between the background and the foreground of a cameo is the result of carving these multi-layered materials to both create the image and also reveal the different colored layer of material underneath. This creates a natural contrast and enhances the image itself.
Italy has been the epicenter of this art since time immemorial. The Portland Vase in the British Museum is among the oldest surviving ancient Roman glass cameo pieces. The "State Cameos" of the Roman Emperor Augustus and his family and court are among the most ancient and famous cameos in the world. Meanwhile, it is rumored that renaissance Pope Paul II, an avid cameo collector, caught his death of cold due to bedecking his fingers with too many cameos and stones. Cameos came into vogue throughout Europe during the Elizabethan period of the late 1500's when visitors began bringing them north after visits to Italy. But, they lost none of their luxury standing. Napoleon wore a cameo to his wedding and presented Empress Josephine with a cameo and pearl tiara which is currently in the possession of the royal family of Sweden and was worn by Crown Princess Victoria to her wedding in 2010.
Many contemporary cameos are machine cut rather than hand-carved. This is even true for authentic cameos of stone and shell. However, personalized cameos, such as portraits, are almost always hand-carved. The costs of retooling a carving machine for only one piece are prohibitively expensive for most producers and customers.
The artists at Eredi Jovon are among very few in the world who make custom hand-carved cameo portraits. And, they do so at quite reasonable prices. Working from photographs or paintings you provide, the Jovons first create a sketch from the image and then hand-carve the image into shell or stone. Your cameo is then set in either silver or gold, to your specifications, and shipped to your home. Or, if you are in town, you can pick it up in the shop! The entire process takes about 6 weeks and in the end you have a precious jewel for yourself and heirloom for your family. You can learn more about this service on their website: www.eredijovon.com.
Win the Three Graces Cameo from Eredi Jovon Venice!
To enter the contest, complete all of the steps below:
- "Like" the OG Venice Facebook Page HERE.
- "Like" the Eredi Jovon Facebook Page HERE.
- Share this post with the hashtag: #cameofromvenice. (It does not matter if you share publicly or with only certain friends, only that you do share.)
- Provide your email address. The easiest way to do this is to use the contact form below and type "Cameo Contest" in the text box. The winner will be contacted via email.