Usually a stroll down NYC’s Upper East Side shopping avenues reveal boutiques most of us are too young or ethically astute to shop in. Escada? Grandma turf. Dennis Basso? Fur in the window – no thank you! We did two double takes when we recently discovered Amedeo – a teeny jewelry store (and brand) on Lexington Avenue that creates the most exquisitely hand carved cameo’s we’ve ever seen. We spent fifteen minutes staring at the artful and gorgeous window displays. Who on earth would want Valentine’s Day diamonds when you can have these candy-gorgeous chunky pieces of perfection! And we aren’t alone Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Meryl Streep and Marcia Cross are all mega fans.
These ‘aint your Mama’s cameos – these are skulls, dancing girls, and rock n’ roll edged pieces that you’d have forever. Amedeo (the cutie who owns and designs and makes all these pieces) has cameos in his DNA – it’s a family craft from Italy that he learned at 16.
We delved a little deeper into the line and the more we heard the more we liked; no bone or ivory are used to create these cameos and he even has an affordable (sub) line on HSN!
Prices for the custom pieces above range from $ 1,200 to $ 3,500.
AMEDEO NYC: 958 Lexington Avenue at 70th st, NYC. The pieces are also available online and in stores like Bergdorf Goodman. See their site for more info: amedeonyc.com