Dating cameo jewelry
The nucleus of the present Vatican Library consists of Pope Nicholas V collection of ancient texts, some dating from medieval times, of more than 1,500 manuscripts.
"Agate is hard to carve and took more talent to use than other, softer materials," says Weber.
Many cameo carvings take advantage of the stone's multicolored layers.
The hair might be medium brown, the skin white, the dress a contrasting tone, the background darker still.
Coral is another colorful cameo stone, popular during the Victorian era as a symbol of good luck.
This stunning line of faith-oriented Catholic jewelry and religious gifts was inspired by these renowned, yet seldom viewed, works of art.