Chicago-Based Jewelry Maker Jason Burdeen to Showcase Line of Handcrafted Cameo Pieces at Neiman Marcus Trunk Show Tour

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Master jeweler Jason Burdeen, creator of one-of-a-kind hand-crafted Cameo pieces made in Italy, will be touring the country this fall to showcase his unique and upscale pieces at Neiman Marcus stores throughout the U.S.

Master jeweler Jason Burdeen, creator of one-of-a-kind hand-crafted Cameo pieces made in Italy, will be touring the country this fall to showcase his unique and upscale pieces at Neiman Marcus stores throughout the U.S. Burdeen’s trunk show tour will offer a unique chance for clients to meet the world-renowned jeweler and ask questions about individual pieces.

As partner and designer of Torre del Greco, Italy-based jewelry maker Gennaro Borrielo, Burdeen sets himself apart from all other jewelry makers by offering hand-numbered, carefully crafted Cameo designs inspired by the Indian, Italian and Indonesian cultures. Each piece is carefully and intricately crafted by hand out of Bahamian sardonyx shells and precious metals with an Italian crafting tool called a Bulino. Cameos have stood as a symbol of prestige since the 16th century, when the pieces were exclusively worn by royalty. Queen Elizabeth and Catherine the Great both had extensive collections of Cameos.

Burdeen’s rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets add modern flair to the traditional cameo by featuring collection-quality diamonds, natural pink and purple sapphires, 18K rose gold and 18K black rhodium-coated white gold. No two pieces of the line are alike, and customized designs from portraits to initials and names are available.

Burdeen’s exclusive upscale line is currently sold at Omaha-based Borsheim’s, one of the largest independent jewelry stores in the nation. Living up to its reputation of selling the most exclusive, sought-after pieces of upscale jewelry, luxury powerhouse Neiman Marcus began featuring Gennaro Borrielo’s designs at select stores throughout the U.S earlier this year. The Dallas North Park and Chicago Michigan Avenue Neiman Marcus stores currently sell the designs, but Burdeen will make several appearances at other locations starting in October.

“During the trunk show tour, I’ll be showcasing 40 to 50 unique pieces, including my ‘heirloom shells’ which tell a complete story through carvings on a conch shell,” Burdeen said. “The shows will be an exciting opportunity to show my line, meet with clients and answer questions about the history of each piece.”

The Gennaro Borrielo upcoming Neiman Marcus trunk show tour dates are as follows:

    October 13th: San Francisco, CA
    October 16th: Chicago, IL
    October 29th: St. Louis, MO
    November 12th: Scottsdale, AZ
    November 19th: Beverly Hills, CA
    November 20th: Newport Beach, CA
    December 11th: Chicago, IL

2011 (Dates TBA): Hawaii, Europe, and Asia

About Jason Burdeen:
Jason Aron Burdeen earned his graduate jeweler degree from California’s Gemological Institute of America, and spent his childhood watching his father facet gemstones and hand-fabricate earrings and brooches for high-profile clients. Growing up in a family of acclaimed jewelers provided Burdeen with a solid foundation in quality and innovative jewelry techniques. For the past 15 years, Burdeen, a certified Jewelers of America master bench jeweler, has devoted himself to the art, design and manufacture of high-end pieces set in platinum, diamonds and gold. His pieces are inspired by the many years he has spent traveling the world, and his passion for anthropology, religion, and history. Burdeen is currently based in Chicago, and lives with his family in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. For more information, visit http://www.gennaroborriello.com

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