Intaglios and cameos are referred to as engraved gems that are carved with images and scriptures. There are a few differences between intaglios and cameos. The design of intaglios consists of cutting depressions into one of the sides of the gem, whereas in cameos, the extra material of the gem is cut down to remove excess which will then leave a raised curved image.
The high price of engraved gems comes from the fact that they are made from precious and semi-precious stones. This includes the likes of garnet, sapphire, carnelian, agate, jasper, chalcedony, rocky crystal, and amethyst to name a few. The gems can then be set in either silver, gold, or bronze mounts or be left as it is. This also added to the prize of the gemstones. The kind of material that is used, the size of the stone as well as the colour of the gem is in complete accordance with the taste of the customer.
Making and purpose of the engraved gems