TORRE DEL GRECO, ITALY - 13 JULY 2016: Cameo carver Francesco Scognamiglio (46) carvs a cornicello cameo (little horn), an Italian talisman worn to protect against the evil eye (or malocchio), in his workshop in Torre del Greco, Italy, on July 13th 2016. Francesco Scognamiglio has been working as a carver since the age of 17 and has been working with Amedeo Scognamiglio since 2011.
Amedeo Scognamiglio learned the art of carving of cameos at the age of 16 years old in his father’s company (M+M Scognamiglio), continuing an artistic manufacturing tradition of a six generations family of coral and cameo manufacturers dating back to the early 1800s in Torre del Greco, a town at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, Italy. Amedeo’s design philosophy aims at a contemporary approach to the ancient art of cameo making, through alternative materials, unexpected ideas and smile-triggering designs. In 2001, Amedeo Scognamiglio partnered with his long-time childhood friend Roberto Faraone Mennella to create a fine jewelry line called Faraone Mennella by R.F.M.A.S. Group.The designer duo created a line that brings together the quality and craftsmanship of fine Italian jewelry to the world of fashion accessories. In 2006, the opening of AMEDEO, a Boutique on the chic Upper East Side in NYC, dedicated to the Designer’s vision of Cameos, and followed shortly after by another opening in Capri, Italy.