JEWELRY TRIVIA: VICTORIAN CAMEOS
Queen Victoria not only wore jewelry, she designed it. Her passion guided and influenced the jewelry trade of London. One of her favorites was cameos, which were originally carved from stone and affordable to only a few. When shell began to be used, cameos grew in popularity because the relative ease of carving shell allowed a cameo that was both affordable and beautiful.
The industrial revolution brought more affordable manufacturing techniques such as stamped and cast metal for settings, and chain making machines.