Oakville Historical Society – Speaker’ Nights

May 27, 2024

Oakville Historical Society - Speaker' Nights

Date: May 27, 2024,  7:30 pm - 9 pm

Location: Oakville Museum (Coach House), Coach House, 8 Navy Street, Oakville.

Marie Descent, a pharmacist by profession, has always been interested in gemstones. After taking several gemmology courses, she developed a deep appreciation for antique jewellery, fell into its rabbit hole, and ultimately, discovered the side tunnel of cameos.​

Cameos have been around for thousands of years and there is a lot more than meets the eye when looking at them, from the different materials from which they are crafted, through their uses and the diverse subject matter they depict, to how styles have evolved over the years. In short, they are more than grandma’s old brooch.

While reading and studying everything that she could about these miniature works of art, Marie has become a passionate cameo enthusiast and collector. If you ask her how many she has, she'll sheepishly reply: “not enough”.

While she doesn’t call herself an expert, Marie has acquired much knowledge on cameos and is happy to share this with you. So, let Marie entertain you with things you might not have known about the world of cameos. You may say, “Well, I didn’t know that”!

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