Lava cameo bracelets
Lava cameo bracelets are collectible bracelets designed in the cameo style from lava. Lava cameo bracelets often take the form of separate segments, each with its own cameo.
Cameo refers to the practice of carving a naturally occurring material, such as wood, a gem, or lava, to produce a raised image.
During the late 16th and early 17th centuries, visitors to Pompeii in Italy, the site of a devastating volcano in the 1st century AD, began collecting cameos fashioned from the lava.
Today, cameo bracelets made from lava are highly collectible, and lava from all over the world is used.
Value and notable sales of lava cameo bracelets
Antique items - those made more than 100 years ago, based on the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition of “antique” - are generally the biggest sellers.
An antique lava cameo bracelet sold for €2,500 at Christie’s Amsterdam in November 2009. The mid 19th century piece was made in the UK, by Dudley of Portsmouth.
A circa 1870 Italian lava cameo bracelet made £1,375 at a Christie’s London auction in 2010.