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Idar Oberstein Cameos

An attraction to ancient miniature carved stones and antique cameos lead Spivey to the Idar-Oberstein stone-cutters.

Today Idar-Oberstein, Germany is world renowned for mining and carving gemstones. With a deep tradition that has lasted over 500 years, Idar-Oberstein’s cutting companies produce high quality carvings with an innovative and unique approach to cutting gemstones.

In this collection the engravings are made from agate producing either a cameo or intaglio. The first step is for the agate stone to be carved by a master engraver, and then the design is converted into tools, which are then used in ultrasonic carving machines to reproduce the design. The finished cameo or intaglio is then set in black rhodium plated sterling silver.