Story Challenge: The letter C

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My story for letter C is for

CAMEO

I can remember the following :

Before I left home after living 4 years with my parents while teaching my four years, my parents asked me to come into their bedroom and sit on the bed.

They both told me they are giving me this precious cameo which belonged to my grandmother

from my mother’s side. I am the second daughter and have my grandmothers names.

I was really speechless when they  gave it to me.

It is so precious. I am supposed to set it in a brooch or something,

I don’t want to let it out of my hands because it is too valuable.

Cameo is a method of carving an object such as an engraved gem, item of jewellery or vessel made in this manner. It nearly always features a raised (positive) relief image; contrast with intaglio, which has a negative image. Originally, and still in discussing historical work, cameo only referred to works where the relief image was of a contrasting colour to the background; this was achieved by carefully carving a piece of material with a flat plane where two contrasting colours met, removing all the first colour except for the image to leave a contrasting background.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameo_(carving)