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Antique, Costume, & Fine Jewelry.

Vintage Karma Jewels

Types of shells used for carving

This is the most commonly used shell in cameo carving. It is a Red Helmet shell or

Bull mouth shell, sometimes called a carnelian shell 

The correct name is Cypraecassis rufa

This is also a very commonly used shell for cameo carving. It is a Emperor Helmet shell or Queen Helmet shell, sometimes called a Sardonyx Shell

The correct name is Cassis madagascariensis


Most white shell cameos you will see are carved from this type of shell, these carvings are commonly misnamed as "angelskin coral" which is far more rare.

This is a Queen Conch shell or Pink Conch shell

The correct name is Lobatus gigas

Sold cameos

These are some of the cameos we have sold in the past...

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