Friday, December 8, 2017

So You Think You Know Juliana Cameo Jewelry

Pink Cameo
I am sure right now many of you are saying.  Hey I know what Juliana (D and E) cameo jewelry looks like.  Most of it is the ponytail cameo girl in different colors with rhinestones set around the frame.  Well if you think that you are missing out on many other cameo designs they did.  I will show you some of the cameo designs I am sure many of you have seen as well as some maybe you did not know about.
Cameo that head has fallen off

This first cameo design I am sure many of you have seen.  It is the pink raised cameo.  One thing some of you may not know is that most of the Juliana cameo's were actually glued onto the face of these stones and in his book Mr DeLizza talks about how the cameo head would come unglued before they could even get them set into the jewelry and they would need to reglue.  This is one of the reasons you see designs like this 2nd one.  It is a cameo that the head has fallen off sometime in the last 50 years.  You see these in many different colors and now some people even collect them this way, but they were designed to have cameo heads on them.
Black and White Cameo

What about this gorgeous white with black cameo design.  While this design is really very similar to the pink one the change in the color scheme really mades for a totally different look.
Black Floral with Cameo overlay

This next design is also a glued on cameo head but this one is glued on a black molded stone instead of just being on a flat stone.  I am not sure if they glued these heads on these stones themselves making their own cameo design or not.  I suspect they might have as I am not sure I have ever seen another company with this design.  This one is in black but they also did it in other colors.

The next few cameo designs you may have never seen before.  This design is a different cameo girl and she is set in a metal framework molded in the D and E factory.  They did this design in other variations too.   This design is shown in Mr DeLizza's book on page 119 and dates to 1972. 
Cast Setting Cameo Design

We also have this cool brooch that is a cameo set in a molded frame with a giant metal bow at the top. 

Bow Cameo Brooch
Now how about this next cameo with the frame done out of ribbon.  There is also a necklace where the chain is also ribbon.  It was also done in other colors.  In his book Mr DeLizza says and I quote: "We were really fortunate to keep coming up with the new items each year to keep ourselves going.  It was never easy, you had to be willing to take chances. One of the most interesting items we ever put together was a cameo group.  Tony Zangara took some velvet ribbon and wove it around the edges of pins and earrings.  We sold some of it, but customers would not buy it, they were afraid it would have no shelf life and the velvet ribbon would get dusty and dirty on the counter, and would not sell.  What a tragedy for them - it was  a beautiful item."  This was in the 1967-1969 Chapter.
Ribbon Cameo
Dog Collar Cameo

We also have this great dog collar or choker style cameo with heart scrollwork and a tassel.  It was also done in other colors.

Juliana (D and E) also did cameo's that are flower and butterflies as well as ones that are actually intaglios (the design carved into the back of the stone).  They also did some that look like cameos but are painted on like this next blue cameo.
Blue Painted Cameo

Another thing to know is that all Juliana cameos are not true cameos carved out of stone or rock.  They are all factory made glass or plastic.

Next week I will continue with the cameo's showing some of the non lady head cameo's and the intaglio's.