Creepy Cameos: 9 Hair-Raising Jewels for Halloween



Lots of scary in the world right now, making this year’s celebration of Halloween, whatever form it takes, a much less frightening respite.

And this collection from jewelry designer Amedeo Scognamiglio, the designer well-known for his cameo jewelry with a modern twist, offers the perfect combination of spook factor, levity, and traditional Italian craftsmanship.

Called Skeledeo, the skull-centric jewelry collection cleverly and compellingly subverts traditional cameo motifs with gender-fluid styles, colorful variations, and modern multifunctionality (including a necklace-bracelet combo). The first drop of the series sold out last year, and its newest pieces are set to arrive at Harrods in London in time for Halloween.

“I keep evolving the art of cameos, inherited by my family’s long tradition, adding a contemporary happy spirit and new design codes, while preserving its original craftsmanship and intrinsic artisanal value,” says Scognamiglio (here’s a JCK designer profile on him from 2012).

“Wearing jewelry is not a necessity but rather a luxurious expression of oneself. It is important for me to create pieces…that make you take a second look and then smile. My jewelry wants to make people smile and say, ‘Oh wait, it’s a monkey?!’ Or in this case, a skeleton!”

And who could say “Boo!” to that? Today, anyway, my heart is skull.

 

 

Amedeo skull cameo necklaces
From left: Skeledeo White necklace in sterling silver with carved sardonyx shell cameo and black diamonds (chain detaches to form a bracelet), $3,750; Pirate pendant necklace in sterling silver with carved sardonyx shell cameo and black diamonds, $1,000
Amedeo pink Skeledo bracelet
Skeledeo Pink bracelet in ceramic and sterling silver with carved sardonyx shell cameo and gray diamond (comes with chain to form a single necklace as shown in photo above), $5,650 
Amedeo cosmic struggle necklace
The Cosmic Struggle Between Good & Evil necklace in ceramic and sterling silver with hand-carved carnelian shell cameo with yellow sapphires, $9,000
Amedeo cameo rings
Top: Love Forever ring in 18k gold and sterling silver with hand-carved sardonyx shell cameo, $3,900. Bottom, from left: Skull ring in sterling silver with hand-carved marble face, sapphire eyes, and peridot, pink sapphire, and citrine bezel, $5,750; Girl Power ring in 18k gold and sterling silver with hand-carved sarodnyx shell cameo and rubies, $4,400.
Amedeo cameo bracelet
Half Skull Half Rose bracelet in rose rhodium–plated sterling silver with hand-carved sardonyx shell cameo, $1,900

 

 

Top: “Selfie” ring in 18k gold and black rhodium–plated sterling silver with sardonyx shell cameo and diamonds, $4,000

 

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