This round cameo features a fleur-de-lis design ultrasonically carved into high-quality black agate. The two-layer construction of the cameo allows the carver to highlight its design details with subtle gradations of color. Mount a single cameo into a bezel and finish the pendant with a long bead chain for a modern look or a snake or link chain for a traditional look. Combine larger cameo sizes with smaller, complementary cameo designs to create more complex or themed jewelry and sets. Because it is unidirectional, this design is ideal for creating earrings. Ultrasonic carving ensures that the details are exact from one cameo to the next, making them ideal for creating repeatable designs for your product line.
Associated with European, and particularly with French, nobility, the fleur-de-lis symbol appears in countless coats of arms and other official, regal or familial regalia. The symbol is a stylized version of a lily, whe three petals thought to represent the three social estates of the medieval period: the nobility, the clergy and the commoner.
Cameo-quality banded agate is selectively mined to produce cameo carvings and dyed to smooth and deepen the dark color. Smooth, even, white banding gives the carver (or ultrasonic carving equipment) plenty of design material to work with in capturing the finest details and contours in these designs. The black color of the agate provides a dark, contrasting background that highlights these details.
• Care: Clean with warm, soapy water; never clean using steam or ultrasonics.