How to recognize a real antique cameo jewel?

Published on : 22 September 20202 min reading time

The most authentic jewels are cameos. It is not very difficult to recognize an authentic from a fake. An incomparable finesse will be noticed on authentic jewellery. Here are a few tips to help you check the jewel.

The structure of a real antique cameo jewellery

Usually an antique cameo is made of ivory or mother-of-pearl. Otherwise, they should be coral or bone. If the jewellery is made of mother-of-pearl, they are unfortunately fragile so you may notice a small crack in them. The value of real cameos is really low because of their fragility. However, the crack should never be inside the jewel, but on the edge.

Resin is the material used to make recent cameo jewellery as it is stronger. So if you come across a resin cameo, it is a fake.

The elements on the back to check the cameo

By turning the cameo over, you will find a pin, a clue that will also allow you to verify with certainty its age and originality. The brooch of old jewellery is housed in a rounded closure. Also, if you can see a safety clasp, the jewel is recent. The antique cameo pin is not equipped with a security system.

If the cameo is made of mother-of-pearl, you can put your index finger on the back of the jewel and feel a small hollow. The cameo should not weigh much either if it is not fake. While holding it, always from the back, facing the sunlight, you must imperatively see the whole picture from behind.

Other details to know if the cameo is real

Every detail has to be checked to see if the cameo is real and ancient. The profile must turn to the right. Recently produced cameos have a profile that turns to the left. A real cameo is matt and does not shine in the light. If the cameo is framed in gold or agent, it is also an authentic piece of jewellery.

You can wrap it in your hand for a few minutes to test its temperature. Mother-of-pearl or stone jewellery will stay cold while plastic jewellery will take the heat from your hand very quickly. You should also analyse the facial features on the jewellery.

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