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A gemstone that is carved or engraved to depict a figure or figures, a monogram or inscription, being, if incised, an intaglio or, if in relief, a cameo. Such pieces when incised are usually about 2,5 cm wide but those in relief are usually twice as wide and even up to 25 cm wide.
From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson