VENICE COMPETITION – WIN ITALIAN JEWELLERY

THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED!!!

 

JEWEL COMPETITION: WIN $220 OF ORIGINAL ITALIAN HAND CRAFTED CAMEO JEWELLERY

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Victorian Cameo with pearls

 

With the help of Marco Jovon of Eredi Jovon, a Venetian jeweller for 3 generations, located right on Rialto Bridge and the only artisan in Venice still producing and selling hand carved cameos, I have organized an amazing competition! There is a chance to win an antique cameo offered by Eredi Jovon. The prize is not just a simple piece of jewellery but an antique Victorian cameo with pearls worth $220/ €165,00!

All you have to do is carry on reading and follow the instructions on how to enter the competition.

So, what are you waiting for, take a chance and bring home a wonderful hand-crafted cameo!

 

READ ON FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!

Cameos: Elegant and feminine jewels, finely carved from shells or stones!

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Last week, in my search to find, and bring to the attention of my readers, unusual and interesting people from Venice (see my interview with Marisa Convento of Venetian Dreams) and to show that Venice is not only about Murano glass and masks (taking nothing away from that, but trying to get people to discover the real people of Venice) I decided to go and have a chat with Marco Jovon, a young jeweller who is as passionate about his work as he is for the city which gave him birth.

 

The Jovon family has had their shop on the most beautiful bridge in the world since the 60s, but Marco’s granddad was a jeweller producing cameos and fixing watches since 1934. From 1961 Marco’s dad took over the shop, still hand carving the cameos and in recent years Marco has taken over.

All their cameos are still hand carved and even though they cannot produce them in their tiny little shop on Rialto, they have their own workshop which creates all of their cameo products. They even offer a personalized cameo service, that is you just give them a photo or drawing of what you would like the cameo to represent and they will produce it by hand for you! Marco is still a true artisan, though, because he still makes his own jewels, like necklaces, earrings, brooches etc. (as you can see from the video below).

 

But what is a Cameo?

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Cameos usually depict beautifully hand-carved scenes or portraits of people or animals in three-dimensional relief. They are made from multicoloured conch shells, corals, onyx or banded agate, which is a semi-precious stone, and since all materials are hard and durable, they are very beautiful works of art. Cameos have been for years, and still are, very precious jewels but they are also symbols par excellence of the past, worn by queens and princesses, often received as a gift or as They are a jewels, of course, but they are first and foremost relief sculptures obtained by carving a material characterized by different coloured layers.

There are many materials from which cameos are derived: onyx, agate, corals or a shell choice between the Cypraecassis rufa, the Cassis madascarensis and the Cassis cornuta, as these shells of the family of Cassis have the surface composed of two layers of distinct colour, which allows to isolate clearly from the bottom the figure in relief.

They are artistic masterpieces created strictly by hand and they require long and patient working steps.

 It all begins with the selection of the shell or stone which must be carved, then with the cutting of the top part, then the outline of the profiles of the cameos and the deletion of unnecessary parts and finally with the definition of the shape of the shell or stone.

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The processing cameo reaches, at this point, a delicate stage: it is fixed on a spindle of wood and the outer part of the shell is abraded so as to bring to the surface the clear layer to be engraved. And it is here that the skill of the engrave plays the most important part: he/she must first draw the subject, and then, with special chisels, carve the shell up to get the perfect sculpture cameo. Finally, the cameo is polished, washed, immersed in oil, degreased and washed again: it is now ready to make a fine display in the windows of jewellers.

 

A bit of history

The ancient Ionic and Etruscan art realized semiprecious stones that are considered as precursors of the cameo, the use of which spread during the Hellenistic era. In ancient times the sardonyx stone was used but it soon was joined by the agate and onyx.

The Greeks were the first though to turn cameos in precious ornaments which soon conquered ancient Rome: rings, lockets, earrings, brooches, pendants depicting mythological heroes, gods and famous people.

With the decline of the Roman Empire a phase of decline began for cameos too, and throughout the Middle Ages they were mainly used to decorate shrines, crowns or chests. With the Renaissance, however, they came back into fashion. And, since then, their success has never diminished.

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The term Cameo derived first from the Arabic word gama’il (rose flower bud), but the word cameo as we know it today comes through the ancient French name camaheu.

 

The cameo is the crafted expression most prestigious and most typical of the province of Naples and the whole of Campania, it is a timeless jewel whose charm never declines. But it is also a hand crafted art which has set its roots also in Venice, thanks to people like the Jovon Family.

Eredi Jovon as well as selling directly on Rialto Bridge, offer also an online shopping experience JOVON ONLINE SHOPPING.

 

And now for our competition: how can you win an amazing antique Cameo worth $220/ €165,00?

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Terms and conditions:

 

Simple: first just follow these easy steps!

 

1- click here and like Eredi Jovon Facebook Page

2- if you are not doing so already, follow my blog, by simply clicking on the right-hand side bar on the blue button “follow this blog”

3- click here and follow me on Twitter

4- click here and follow Eredi Jovon on Twitter

5- re-tweet this post by adding the hash-tag #venicecameocontest

6- share this post on facebook with the hash-tag #venicecameocontest

Once you have executed the previous steps, just place a comment below to let me know you are entering the competition. and giving your name and email address. The winner will be contacted via the email name displayed on our website.

The competition is open to everyone, worldwide. Prizes can only be sent to a valid address unless otherwise stated, all postage and packaging included.

Entry to the competition is restricted to one entry per person please. Multiple entries will be disqualified. Automated entries, bulk entries or third party entries will be disqualified!

The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries, among all the people who have correctly completed all the indicated steps and left a comment (we will use this site http://www.randomresult.com/).

The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.

The competition. is open from today Monday 11th August 2014 until Monday 25th August 2014, 9am Italian time.

www.monicacesarato.com is compliant with the data protection act. Our policy is such that we will not pass on your details to any third party without your prior consent.

 

SO, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? ENTER OUR COMPETION NOW!

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AND THE WINNER IS……. NUMBER 6  VICTORIA!!!

 

 

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Draw stat: sum=6, avg=6.00
Draw date: 2014-08-25 10:28:15
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The prize will be sent to Victoria asap!  Congratulation!
And thank you to all those who kindly took part!

38 comments for “VENICE COMPETITION – WIN ITALIAN JEWELLERY

  1. mc
    August 24, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Please notice that to enter the competition ALL steps must be followed – if any of the steps have been missed (no Twitter reposting anf following, no Facebook sharing and liking etc.) the entry will not be considered valid! ciaooo

  2. alice lightning
    August 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    entered beautiful prize

  3. Katie Jaydee
    August 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

    All steps done. Reposted on facebook. I don’t have Tweeter.

    Name- Katie Jaydee
    Email- russian-cat@hotmail.com
    :)

  4. julialinsley2004@yahoo.co.uk
    August 24, 2014 at 10:30 am

    #venicecameocontest

  5. Denice Toigo Riley
    August 24, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Grazie Monica for the possibility to win….Your cameos are BELLISIMO!

  6. August 24, 2014 at 8:06 am

    sorry but i am assuming by leaving a blog post that you will have my name and email address. not going to actually post for all to see.thanks

  7. August 24, 2014 at 8:02 am

    thankyou all done.

  8. zoe lucas
    August 24, 2014 at 6:36 am

    #venicecameocontest twitter @zoebryan
    Facebook Zoe lucas

  9. Kim Styles
    August 24, 2014 at 1:47 am

    all steps done- what a great competition styles5433@hotmail.co.uk

  10. Kirsty Woods
    August 23, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I am entering your lovely cameo competition, fingers crossed

  11. Robby Price
    August 23, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Please enter me – all done, @robbyprice55 and Robert Price on FB

  12. August 22, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Done! :)

  13. julie booth
    August 18, 2014 at 2:49 am

    I have completed all the steps

    @flashquacks on twitter
    tiddles12/Julie Booth on FB

  14. michelle banks
    August 17, 2014 at 6:13 am

    all done x thank you x

  15. Abby may
    August 16, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Have done all the necessary steps hoping to win this. Such an amazing prize x

  16. Christine Dotto
    August 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I entered the contest and did the steps, thanks!

  17. richard hill
    August 12, 2014 at 2:36 am

    done all steps and thanks for chance xxx

  18. mc
    August 11, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Please note that we will require also that you retweet the blog post with #venicecameocontest and also that you share the same post on FAcebook with the same #venicecameocontest , otherwise your entry will not be valid!

  19. mc
    August 11, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Please note that we will require also that you retweet the blog post with #venicecameocontest and also that you share the same post on FAcebook with the same #venicecameocontest , otherwise your entry will not be valid!

  20. mc
    August 11, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Please note that we will require also that you retweet the blog post with #venicecameocontest and also that you share the same post on FAcebook with the same #venicecameocontest , otherwise your entry will not be valid!

  21. mc
    August 11, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Please note that we will require also that you retweet the blog post with #venicecameocontest and also that you share the same post on FAcebook with the same #venicecameocontest , otherwise your entry will not be valid!

  22. mc
    August 11, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Please note that we will require also that you retweet the blog post with #venicecameocontest and also that you share the same post on FAcebook with the same #venicecameocontest , otherwise your entry will not be valid!

  23. mc
    August 11, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Please note that we will require also that you retweet the blog post with #venicecameocontest and also that you share the same post on FAcebook with the same #venicecameocontest , otherwise your entry will not be valid!

  24. mc
    August 11, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Please note that we will require also that you retweet the blog post with #venicecameocontest and also that you share the same post on FAcebook with the same #venicecameocontest , otherwise your entry will not be valid!

  25. mc
    August 11, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Please note that we will require also that you retweet the blog post with #venicecameocontest and also that you share the same post on FAcebook with the same #venicecameocontest , otherwise your entry will not be valid!

  26. August 11, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    please enter me

  27. Brenda Marks
    August 11, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Please enter me in your contest. Thanks!

  28. Raleigh McDonald Hussung
    August 11, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Please enter me! I’m going to visit the shop next May…but, winning the Cameo would be priceless! Thank you so much Monica for doing this!

    Posted on Love from Italia FB page too!!

    :)!
    Raleigh

  29. Tracy-ann Martin
    August 11, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Yes! Please enter me for the lovely competition ~ i need to replace a very old and worn cameo that i loved too much X

  30. Nadia Rosa Cescato
    August 11, 2014 at 7:13 am

    I am entering the Cameo Contest

  31. August 11, 2014 at 6:47 am

    #venicecameocontest future winner!

  32. August 11, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Lovely competition. Fingers crossed that lady luck picks me :-)

  33. August 11, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Ciao! Of course I have entered! I love everything Italian and Venetian! You’ve inspired me to look for a cameo my father brought back from Italy many years ago…
    Keeping fingers crossed! And if (when?) I win I will wear it when I return to Venice next spring! :D
    Grazie!

  34. August 11, 2014 at 5:15 am

    I’ve always loved the beauty and delicacy of cameos – thank you for showing us a true artisan of Venice, Monica!

  35. clara
    August 11, 2014 at 5:10 am

    I’m entering the #venicecameocontest

  36. Lorraine Scurti
    August 11, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Venetian cameo competition

  37. Jane Hantman
    August 11, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Venetian cameos

  38. Tracey Accordino
    August 11, 2014 at 3:06 am

    I am entering your contest. Your cameos are gorgeous. I would love to win one. Thanks!!

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