06/05/2012 10:36 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Cameo Jewelry: 7 Pieces That Don't Feel Fusty (PHOTOS)

Cameo jewelry usually brings to mind stuffy Victorian women whose frilly blouses were buttoned all the way up and whose modest skirts brushed the ground. Cameos, so named because of the method of carving a semi-precious stone like onyx or agate to create a raised image, usually of a woman, were popular in the Renaissance ages and usually worn as signet rings.

Leave it to designer Miuccia Prada to take something old, and turn it on its head. She created plastic, colorful versions of the jewels and used them as earrings and necklaces for her spring Miu Miu collection. If you're not ready to splurge on designer jewelry, then we suggest you take an inexpensive short cut: Talk to your family members, because someone probably has one squirreled away.

Wondering how to incorporate antique jewelry into your moden wardrobe? If the piece is large, put it on a long chain and wear it with a simple wrap dress; it will be the focal point of your look. If it's smaller, add it to a few other personal necklaces in varying lengths. The contrast of the cameo and smaller, more delicate pieces will create a beautiful constellation at your neckline. Here, seven cameos worth coveting.

Stylelist 7: Cameo Jewelry

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