We drove to our next destination --- AMALFI.
As soon as we finished -- we boarded again our bus and headed for Torre el Greco. This town, is better known as the world capital of cameo and coral carving. We visited a licensed Giovanni Apa Cameo factory.
At Giovanni Apa, they specialize in cameos. They manufacture and sell their own pieces, making them a popular tourist destination in this city known for cameos. The cameos of Giovanni Apa are sold all over the world. We were given a demonstration on cameo making.
The shell and coral carving center of Torre Del Greco uses a method thousands of years old. The use of steel gravers with handles are used in a timeless tradition of master craftsmanship. The carver will select the shell to be used, outline the number of cameos to be obtained from that shell, and then supervise the entire carving process. With these incredibly sharp precision tools, the most intricate details can be obtained.
There are quite a few fancy and expensive ways to clean your cameo jewelry. If you have to choose one, I would go with an ionic cleaner. But be prepared. They're not cheap! My mother gifted me a long time ago with a set of cameo jewelry. I clean my cameos simple, easy and very inexpensively. I use an age old secret formula!! Its been a trade secret in the jewelry industry for years and I am going to let you in on it right now! I use TOOTHPASTE! Yes, good old fashioned tooth paste will clean the white face of a cameo in no time at all. Try it !!
After his demonstration on how cameos are carved out of the conchs, we were allowed to browse around and buy some of his jewelries. Here are some of the pieces I liked:
The prices of these cameos were so expensive. But do keep in mind that buying Cameo jewelry is not only an investment that will be cherished for the purchaser but a gift for the next generation!