Announcing a Contest to Win an Authentic Hand-Crafted Cameo from Venice

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Eredi Jovon Web siteToday I am honored to introduce you to a true Italian artisan from Venice.  Marco Jovon has been designing and creating cameos since 1998. He continues the tradition started by his grandfather, Luciano Jovon, who began handcrafting cameos in Venice over eighty years ago. Luciano’s son Bruno followed in his father’s footsteps and expanded their jewelry-making to include corals. These made-by-hand jewelry items have been sold in the same shop, Eredi Jovon, on the famed Rialto Bridge, since 1934. As Marco says, “since three generations we make this and we are proud to tell that we make it well!”

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Marco has decided to offer a beautiful one-of-a-kind cameo as a prize to the winner of a our drawing.

This stunning Maternity, mother and child Brooch and pendant together, first quality blu agate cameo, sterling silver set in the Venetian  style representing mother with a child. Valued at  €125 this beautiful cameo can be yours by entering this contest. Photo  by Marco Jovon


What is a cameo?
“A cameo is a piece of art, is a part of Italian history, something for the life, something that you can use but almost something that pointed out your taste for elegance and grace.”Not all cameos are alike. Some are not even authentic and instead are fake. Click here to learn how to spot the differences.

Shell   cameos must be hand crafted because the shell presents an uneven surface unsuitable for a machine-engraving.In addition to this the shell could easily break with a machine cut.

Eredi Jovon- about usThe shells which are mainly utilized for the realization of cameos are:

• Cassis Madascarensis: so called “SARDONICA”, hight appx 30 cm. ; chestnut brown on the bottom and perfectly white on the surface to be engraved.

• Cassis Rufa: so called “CORNIOLA”, in general height is appx 16 cm.,has an interior reddish layer; the exterior layer, for engraving, is pale-flesh-colored

• Other shell: Tigrina shell (Cypraea tigris); Red shell (Cornuta cassis); corallina shell (Strombus Gigas) Mother of pearl (Pinctada Margaritifera)
Shells from the Cassis Family are particularly adapt for engraving: in fact, the two layers of of color, clearly distinct from one another, allow the relief figure to stand out in the best way.

One of the most unique aspects to Eredi Jovon is Marco’s “portrait cameos customized.” Marco can create a custom portrait cameo  made directly from your photos or digital files.

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AND NOW FOR THE CONTEST! Here are the rules:

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 “Sign Me Up” button in the upper right-hand corner of this blog page.

3- Click here and follow Margie on Twitter

4- Click here and follow Eredi Jovon on Twitter

5- Re-tweet this post by adding the hash-tag #2015venicecameocontest

6-Share this post on Facebook with the hash-tag #2015venicecameocontest

Once you have executed the previous steps, leave a comment below to let me know you have entered the contest. Leave your  email address so we can contact you if you win.

The competition is open to everyone, worldwide. Prizes will either be sent from Italy to a valid address or delivered by me after I return from Italy in June.

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

The  decision of the judges is final.

The competition. is open from today Monday 11th April 20 until Monday May 4th , 9am Italian time, or 3pm US DST

 Click  here for the Random Number Generator

3   Raleigh Hussung is the winner!! Congratulations, Raleigh!

12 Responses

  1. Meet Marco Jovon – An Authentic Artisan in Venice | margieinitaly

    […] Gioielleria Eredi di Jovon sells authentic hand-crafted jewelry. That is important to know, because many shops on the Rialto Bridge offer jewelry of inferior quality. Marco even posts an explanation for you to learn how to spot the difference between fake and authentic cameos.  See my earlier post where I featured Marco’s cameo promotion and give-away. […]

  2. All Graduates | French Translation Service

    This is great. It’s very hard to get an authentic hand crafted cameo from Venice, and to get it for free is like out of this world. Those cameos are just so beautiful and classy, a true art that represents the class and elegance of Venice. Good luck to those who would join!

  3. Kara

    Oh how I miss visiting Italy. I took a food tour with my family with this company: So much fun, and the food was incredible. So much authentic pizza, fish, pasta, and really drool-worthy desserts… Yum

  4. timelessitaly

    Margie, I have a cameo from a visit to a cameo shop in Naples. It is run by two brothers. I was fascinated to watch them at work making these lovely cameos!! Each one is unique. I had barely heard of them before stumbling onto this shop.

  5. imarancher

    I should have read the entire piece before liking and sharing. Then I would have known to enter the hashtag. At any rate I find this a novel idea and great for increasing readership. You need a great product but you also need to reach the market. By the way, it was a great idea to include the piece on how to check for fake cameos. I have an antique beauty that first belonged to a lady born in 1907. She gave it to my Aunt, her friend, in around 1940. Eventually it came to me. It is gorgeous. Sometimes I set it on the desk so that I can look at it. If I wear it I can’t see it so I use the desk I work at to enjoy it.

    • margieinitaly

      Maggi, in order to enter the contest you must be able to meet all the rules and they include engaging on social media. Thank you for asking

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