26 Mar '11, 4pm

Need To Now: Time-limited luxuries: The cameo is given a darker twist in this collection of unique pieces

Need To Now: Time-limited luxuries: The cameo is given a darker twist in this collection of unique pieces

Cameo-making has a long and honourable tradition in the south of Italy, usually worked in translucent, imported conch shell with a softly coloured interior and pale exterior that give contrast in the carving. Such pieces tend to be rather ladylike and staid, but the latest incarnation puts a darker, more contemporary twist on the genre which has thrown the craft once more – excuse the pun – into sharp relief. The centre of the cameo industry is Torre del Greco near Naples , on the slopes of Vesuvius, and solidified lava rock – much harder and more difficult to carve than shell – has always been used occasionally to make cameos. But it appealed so much to Bottega Veneta’s designer Tomas Maier that he designed a whole jewellery collection of bold pieces around it, which he then had made by local craftsmen. The cameos, in angry, volcanic shades of black, red and biscuit, are ...

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