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These stones, with layers of different colors, allowed for depth and nuance in the carvings.
This derives from another generalized meaning that has developed, the cameo as an image of a head in an oval frame in any medium, such as a photograph.
especially the various types of onyx and agate, and any other stones with a flat plane where two contrasting colours meet; these are "hardstone" cameos.
Cameos, valued since antiquity as engraved gems, were exceedingly popular during the Georgian and Victorian periods.
Many different materials were used for carving cameos.