Cameos are the jewelry I'd like to share. Even though my father was a jeweler, we females of the family didn't own or wear much jewelry. My mom and I both had lockets. I suppose my sister did, too, but I don't remember. My mother had several rings, including her engagement and wedding rings, a single strand of pearls, some earrings that she wore frequently, and these cameos. She had other jewelry but none that is memorable.
The large brooch is about an inch and a quarter long. I didn't measure the others but you can guess their size from the photo. The metal on the large cameo was repaired at some time in the past and it looks like it needs a repair again. It was interesting to photograph these then enlarge the photos to see so much detail. (You can enlarge the photo, too, by clicking on it. It will open in a new screen and be larger, then enlarge again if you click on it in the new screen.)
As I was researching cameos today I learned that I have not been as kind as I could have been to these. They have been together in a fabric holder but because they are susceptible to scratches and breakage they should be carefully stored either laying in their own places without touching other pieces or gently wrapped in fabric. I also learned that they can be cleaned with white toothpaste and a soft toothbrush. Because the shells dry out, they also need to be conditioned a few times a year with baby or mineral oil left on overnight and removed with a soft cloth.
I love these cameos but they've been hiding away and I rarely look at them. Maybe I should find a small shadow box so I could display and enjoy them.
This post is a contribution to Alona Tester's Family History Through the Alphabet challenge. You can read more about the challenge and find links to others' posts at her blog, Genealogy and History News. Thanks, Alona.