We know that cameos have been around forever (as early as 30 BC for sure) -As for the 18thc though...guess who apparently was responsible for making them fashionable again? ...You got it...Josephine, of course! Apparently she loved cameos and set forth a trend for ladies (and gents) to become quite proud of wearing mini replicas of themselves.
And knowing the empress' trademark for having exquisite (and exorbitant) taste, there's no doubt that she certainly could have been the one to reset the stage for cameo jewelry. Take a look at this to die-for cameo parure:
As for Napoleon, his own coronation crown is filled with them (named it Charlemagne's crown) as well.
Now, was this Josephine's creative recommendation? (Does anyone know?)
As for a cameo of Josephine herself, the National Museum of Sweden, has this beautiful one of her by an unknown Italian artist:
Personally, I think cameos are pretty, and although I do own one (my granny's heirloom piece)...I never wear it...doesn't seem to go with anything...Any suggestions?
Do you like cameos? Fashionable- or not?