Miu Miu Cameo Collection

Posted on June 04, 2012

Darlings, we’ve had a long day of Mad Men and MTV. Let’s talk jewelry.


Specifically, let’s talk about the Miu Miu cameo collection, modeled here by the ever-fab Mia Wasikowska. These pieces are so oddly cute that we can’t stop looking at them.


A gaudy, slightly modern take on a very old school design. We think they’re fun, but we realize something like this is only going to appeal to certain types. What do the Precious Unborn Fawns think?

The Miu Miu Cameo Collection: YEA or NAY?



[Photo Credit: miumiu.com]

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  • Not a fan. They seem a little gaudy to me. 

    • NinaBoo

      At first I thought they were made from fondant.  Overdone fondant.

      • How amazing would a cake decorated with fondant cameos be?!

        • Melvis Velour

          That would be fabulicious!  These however, aren’t…

  • A resounding NAY.  It ends up looking cheap.  I understand the idea of updating the whole neoclassicism thing involving cameos and erzatz greco-romania, but this misses the mark entirely, mostly cause I think the cameos themselves are too cartoony, and huge, without being witty.

    • And I’m sure it’s WAY too expensive to fill out the Whimsical Yet Refined section of one’s jewelry box.

      •  Yep. Its the sort of thing an anime character would wear. Not in a good way.

    • MarissaLG

      I couldn’t have put it better myself!

  • I dig the bracelets…not sure about the necklaces…

  • Ridiculous in the best way possible. Yea as hell. Hell yea? I’m not sure. But these are a definite yes, either way. 

    • I agree, I know they’re not to everyone’s taste but the toy-like quality is something I’ve always loved about MiuMiu’s accesories (IF we leave the price range out of the ecuation, of course, and talk solely about design), they are cute, girly and fun as hell.

  • Mia is the best looking thing about that picture. I’m not a fan of this gaudy style of jewelry.

  • amf0001

    I like them,  one piece could really make an outfit…

  • kimmeister

    YEA to Mia and possibly that very first necklace.  I’ll pass on everything else.

  • save_the_hobbit

    I have very eclectic taste in jewelry…it either has to be full-out ghetto 5-inch earrings or gemstone-encrusted pieces that weigh more than a toddler. I don’t like these…at all. I bet my niece  would. She’s 5.

  • M_E_S

    I’ve always had a thing for cameos, so I dig them, but I can see that they’re not to everyone’s taste.

    But I still prefer my good old fashioned cameo necklace.

  • VicksieDo

    NAY, I like real cameos.

  • hughman

    These are like what the Powerpuff girls would wear if they were in Downton Abbey. Which, oh yeah! 

  • unbornfawn

    I like the cameos. They are fun and modern. I don’t like them with the rhinestones, too busy and very tacky.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Miuccia went Full Etsy

    • Chaiaiai

      Or Regretsy….

      • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

        oh god, no.  the horrifying things i learn from bitter kittens.  i am going to have to go pour bleach in my eyes and in my soul now.

    • Lina_bee

       Too right, and unfortunate it is.

    • save_the_hobbit

       How is etsy synonymous with suck? There are many extremely talented sellers on etsy who make amazing jewelry. They make each piece individually with extreme care, not this mass produced shit that costs probably thousands of dollars. I definitely enjoy a good costume jewelry, but that’s all this is. Support talented artists who are struggling, not brands that are worth millions.

    • giiiirrrr

       Maybe they look better in person.  Maybe.

  • NC_Meg

    I kind of like them. They’re fun. I have to know, though, how do you pronounce Miu Miu? I’ve been wondering for years.

    • Sara__B

      Mew mew, according to most internet sources.

      • NC_Meg

        Thanks! That’s what I thought.

  • meowing

    Nay for this aging kitten.  Cute for the babystar-ladystars, I s’pose.

  • I kind of love them! I don’t usually like big, gaudy jewelry, but I enjoy the sense of whimsy here. Very cool looking! 

  • Lina_bee

    Tacky.  I do like the Artemis-seeming profile (with the ponytail) as a graphic, but not cameos done in these colors, sizes, scales, or rhinestones.

  • janedonuts

    I like some of these pieces — and I would wear the hell out of those drop earrings — but the overall effect is a little too Betsey Johnson meets Etsy. (Now off to Etsy to find cheap knockoffs…)

    • MilaXX

       Betsy’s in bankruptcy you, you could probably get her stuff at Etsy prices right now.

      • Good to know! I love Betsey jewelry…
        I mean, sad for her, but…

  • allj

    I don’t think I could pull any of that off, but it’s cute as hell. A YEA for me when deployed on someone braver!

  • jw_ny


  • 3rd circle of Etsy Hell.

  • MilaXX

    A somewhat tepid YEA. I think they are cute but other than the earrings I wouldn’t wear them.

  • vanjar

    Even if, for example, the earrings were $695 cheaper, I still wouldn’t want to wear them. They look badly made. Nay.

  • EEKstl

    YEA!  Classic and edgy at the same time, always a winning combo!

  • YEA to the non-fabric chokers. NAY to everything else. The bracelets and earrings look like they came in a princess dress up set.

  • gabbilevy

    I like those middle necklaces–I think they’re fun. The rest, not to my taste.

  • formerlyAnon

    Nay, with caveats. Or maybe Yea, with caveats. It looks like fun jewelry for the young. Nice fun jewelry. But it looks a little too much like really great quality “toy” plastic jewelry for the young women I’d imagine are the target.

  • Marie Watterlond

    I think I’d wear the bracelet or the earrings.  But then, my wristwatch of choice is a rubbery-plastic blue Swatch with cartoony critters on it. I don’t think I own one piece of serious jewelry! These are adorable.

  • abfidy

    Yea to everything that’s not a bracelet, but the biggest yea of all to Mia Wasikowska, who is doing some WERQ.

  • charlotte

    They black/yellow ones look like the Queen meets Batman. Or maybe I need glasses.

  • Louise Bryan

    An interesting modern take on the cameo, but I prefer my antique cameo that I inherited.

  • Belvane

    For $30 on QVC or Etsy? Sure, very cute. For $700? It’s the Empress’s New Earrings.

  • Anathema_Device

    Nay. I really like old fashioned, traditional cameos, though. I also like statement jewelry, but this collection just looks cheap to me.

  • Nonnah

    Nay!  If this was a line by the Olsen twins for Walmart, I’d say “whatever”.  But Miu Miu can do better.

  • michelle shields

    no. too cheap looking

  • Love these, in moderation. Using one as a statement piece would be fab! YEA!

  • Credit for a unique take on the classic.  I kind of like them!

  • Nay.

  • scrappy1

    Mia looks AMAZING.  And she’s pulling those pieces off, but only because her outfit and styling are very carefully done to complement the jewelry.   I’m not sure mere mortals could manage the perfect balance of retro/punk/tongue-in-cheek elegance to make it work.

    But I’m thinking these might be the sort of thing that would work for Dita von Teese, Fan Bing-Bing, and maaaaaybe Kristen Stewart.

  • Sara__B

    Nay. They look cheap, and I’m sure they’re not.

  • Miguel Molina

    I find them ugly.  I like the necklace she is wearing on the picture but it’s mostly because of context. Most of these would look awful on an average day. The earrings are particularly offensive.

  • AlexisPayne

    Yea, I want the earrings 

  • Snailstsichr

    If these were at Target, I would totally snap them up to wear once, or at the most twice. I can see them being worn to a pool party or something like that. But $495.00 – $750.00. No way. They look like you need to move the decimal point a few places to the left.

  • Sophie Collier

    YAY but ONLY for ladies age 15-26.  After that, no.  

  • Amy Ellinger

    Surprisingly Yay!  I could see them deployed very well with a simple tee, jeans and cute sandals.  BUT- It would be all about the pairings- easy to go too far and into “oh honey no” land.

  • NurseEllen

    Yea, but they’re not for me.  I don’t even care for the traditional type cameos.

  • trisker

    YES.  Great modern take on a traditional, centuries-old type.

  • JanieS

    CHEAP and TACKY. They look like they’re made of plastic. I say NAY.

  • love love love. Seriously, i would wear almost all of the pieces. 

  • RedRaven617


  • LOVE them! Probably very hard to pull off, but I look forward to seeing the ladystars try. And Mia looks fierce. YEA!

  • lrhoff


  • I LOVE these.  Love the ‘cameo’, love the styling.  These would have to be worn as statement pieces obviously, but I want them all!

  • snarkykitten

    Normally I hate cameos, but there’s something really fun about these. But they look cheap so…nay

  • altalinda


  • AWS

    Nay.  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Casey Ellis

    Major NAY

  • I actually like the cameos. Hate the jewelry they’re attached to. Makes my head hurt looking at ’em.

  • Sigh. Want. 

  • I like how they’re black.

  • argonauticos


  • NCDFan


  • JMansm

    BEYOND YEA. This is my favourite jewelry collection you have featured. I am a guy and I would honestly probably wear most of the pieces (except the earrings because my ears aren’t pierced) because they are strange enough that they don’t read like traditional women’s jewelry. OK so I probably couldn’t actually pull any of it off but I would make all of my female friends wear the whole collection if I could. 

  • aristida_girl

    I like ’em, especially the chokers

  • I like her purse, better than the jewelry.  Although the black and yellow bracelet is pretty enough.

  • Yay.  Loving those earrings.

  • The picture of Mia is great, but meh to the jewellery itself. Kind of gaudy. 

  • SewingSiren

    I’m the type.
    Love cameos in general. And gaudy doesn’t bother me either. I also like plastic. Too bad they’re not cheap, cause then it would be a match mad in heaven.

  • frannyprof

    Yay on the earrings.

  • Daenyx


  • Judy_J

    Yea to the nth degree! I love it!

  • Judy_J

    Yea! I’m a big fan of gaudy jewelry.

  • PRFan

    Oh, god, no.  NAY.  This is some of the ugliest jewelry I’ve ever seen.  For some reason, it reminds me of big, fat pop beads – plastic and tacky as all get out.

  • VioletFem

    LOVE IT! And if I could afford it I would totally wear some of these pieces (the earrings and the white and blue bracelets). Not for everyone obviously, but on the right girl this jewelery would look awesome.

  • lesmaha


  • LOVE IT! Not that it matters, since I could never afford any of it. But if I could, I would TOTALLY buy some.

  • Monabel

    Oh, the horror.

  • CozyCat

    I don’t like the combination of the faux cameos and the sparkly stones.  If they combined the cameos with more highly designed “plastic” (ala vintage bakelite) I would like it more.  But I think the bracelets in particular just don’t work.

  • Yay to the look, but I do agree that they look “cheap.” By this, I mean this is the sort of quirky jewelry I’d buy at Forever 21, but at Miu Miu prices, it’s just not gonna happen.

  • Kirsten Henry

    love it

  • I hate it, tbh.

  • Giustina Pileggi

    love love loveee!!! they’re just wonderful in every way 

  • I like the greek looking ones.

  • I love it personally!

  • Pannyx

    So completely over the top. I love them. I’m not sure I know anyone who could pull them off though.

  • annamiklo

    Total yea, and I wish like crazy I could pull these off.  

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Cartoonish and gaudy, NAY

  • pookiesmom


  • boweryboy


    The necklaces and bracelets would be quite lovely without the offensively cheap looking cameos.

    Lately Prada has had a tendency of taking luxe and opulent pieces and making them look cheap and gaudy.

    I’m usually a champion of Prada’s foward thinking ideas when it comes to fashion but lately she has been leaving me cold.

  • guest2visits

    No.  These are garish.  Besides; who wants to wear women’s profiles ?  I never got it.
    Traditional cameos; both antique and the ancient historical collections are beautiful and interesting in their handcraft;
    but I could never consider wearing them…. unless it was an actual carving of say, a beloved close relation.

  • Jane Dough

    Hideous. Looks like something you’d find at the Dollar Store.

  • YEA. Love cameos

  • understateddiva


  • portlandmermaid

    I like the winged victory profiles, the ones that look like aunt Betty, not so much.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Nay – I just don’t care for such large, gaudy pieces. 

  • Rebecca Jay

    I thought I could not hate cameos any more than I already do.  

    Turns out I can!

  • filmcricket

    Is it me, or do they look like cookies?

    Tiny, intricately iced, sugar cookies.

  • Le_Sigh

    I instantly thought of Manilla Luzon or Raja or even Pandora Boxx rocking these pieces.

  • ccm800


  • Yay. Thank goodness for irony.

  • crash1212

    YEA! I love each and every one of them and would accept any as a gift, should any Unborn Fawn want to send one my way. It’s also making me want to dig out the cameo my Granny gave me and paint it. LOVE. WANT.

  • sleepycat

    If I could afford the first necklace and had the wardrobe to match I would totally wear it. YAY! They are a bold and graphic statement pieces, which is totally my style. Now to find a paint color to match the backdrop and a chic NY condo to put it in.

  • sleepycat

    If I could afford the first necklace and had the wardrobe to match I would totally wear it. YAY! They are a bold and graphic statement pieces, which is totally my style. Now to find a paint color to match the backdrop and a chic NY condo to put it in.

  • nay nay nay.  big, clunky, and homely.

  • YEA, YEA, a million times YEA! I love the blue-backed earrings particularly.

  • LinXGUA

    No. If they are going to push to a ‘delicate’ direction, it needs to be enphasized. It’s inbetween. It’s not enough classy to me, nor bold enough: it’s mediocre (says the tasteless commenter.) 
    SORRY, but Nay.

  • I squealed when I saw them (but having said that, they do look like something I would buy for ten bucks on a flee market, rather than the hundred dollar jewelry it probably is)  

  • Corsetmaker

    Does anyone remember those plastic brooches you used to get as a free gift stuck on teen magazines in the 80s? Over here it was Blue Jeans,Jackie etc. They usually came as several flat plastic sections that you snapped together. That’s what these remind me off.

  • Maggie_Mae

    I love them!  Where are the affordable knockoffs? 

    To me, they have a Roaring 20’s look.  We’ll probably be seeing more of that stuff as homage to Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby.  His productions aren’t noted for their subtlety & minimalism.  But I love them, too!

  • jjfg

    Looks like chocolate! 

    Not even remotely to my taste (the jewelry, not chocolate), but I can see the appeal.

  • I wouldn’t wear them, but I think they are quite fun. A luke-warm yea.

  • fursa_saida

    I want these with an ungodly sickness.

  • Tafadhali

    I want these so badly.

    I will say I like the earrings best, because I think such bold pieces do better with slightly more delicate settings — if I’m wearing a giant pink cameo bracelet, I don’t need it to have a black velvet band — but overall I think these are fun and super cute.

  • nay.  hideous.

  • Lisa Dugan

    They’re really quite beautiful but just too big for my taste.  I have a delicate cameo set from my grandmother that I adore and it more my speed.  But I love the new modern take.

  • bluefish

    Nay — I wouldn’t be caught wearing a cameo ever — and especially not these.  But Mia looks lovely.  She can take heavier make-up, especially around the eyes, and I wish she would!

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Ick! How much do you have to pay for that crap. Reminds me of Woolworths. 

  • Yea.  I like them.  

  • i’m surprising myself with a yea. i think these cameos would be a smash with an otherwise simple outfit (which the old ones cannot do), and the cameos themselves exude a bit more badass-ness; maybe its the streak of color going through. The forward leaning figure is the strongest example. A good re-invention of a demure classic.

  • SheWhoMustBeObeyed

    Yay. They are gaudy as hell, but sometimes more is more.

  • Aurumgirl

    I think these would look better as licorice candies. 

  • Yay.  it’s about time somone rescued cameos from grandma’s jewlery box

  • SapphoPoet

    I love cameos. But I don’t care for these–too gaudy and plastic-y.

  • Lilithcat

    They look cheap.

  • I do like idea behind them, but like another PUF said, they’re too expensive for that cheap look. Nay.

  • MissAnnieRN

    I am not a fan of the earrings, but I can see one of the bracelets being fun. I like color and these are kind of whimsical to me. I din’t often like Miu Miu or Prada stuff but I would wear some if these with jeans.

  • mjude

    i would never wear them but i think they are very IN

  • ErinnF

    The inner child says yea.

  • sweetlilvoice

    I love them. Hope there are some cute and cheap knockoffs! 

  • I like the design of the cameos themselves, I just think they’re too big and gaudy.

  • TieDye64

    It’s a NAY for me. Far too gaudy for my taste, but I like the shot of Mia.

  • fashionzombie

    I am that certain type these appeal to. Love them!

  • jennifervney

    LOVE them and that picture of Mia!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties


  • judybrowni

    Nope, except possibly the blue earrings.

    But even those are Forever 21.

  • I love it. like fancy plastic candy.

  • I collect cameos and I think these are fun!

  • I love it but then again I can be kind of tacky.

  • sweet_potato

    Too distracting.  I can’t see the pieces for trying to make out what’s going on in the cameo.

  • oh, yea and yay!  i really like the new take on cameos.

  • BrightsideSusan


  • Ugh!  I can’t with these…

  • LUHV.

    I hope Ye Helmeted One is supposed to be Athena.

  • Anonymoth

    Love them. Big YEA. But I’ve got a thing for cameos. Stick one in front of me and I’ll probably love it. I realize it isn’t necessarily to everyone’s taste, though.

  • YAYYYY! Love ’em. Half Victorian princess, half Wonder Woman.

  • CrazyAuntie

    A huge YEA!!  They’re really fun.

  • Love the earrings.

  • YAY, I love these. They’re fun and a great update to a traditional piece of jewelry. I’d get em if I could and wear them to work.

  • andrea berman

    with the right clothes, i think they would be really cute and fun. 

  • alana hayes

    i would so buy one of these if it came as a ring it would be PERF! but since they don’t I’m thinking about buying the bright pinkTarina Tarantino candy cameo ring.  It’s a shame really because these cameo’s are so different and I love cameos! But with the rhinestones and the chunky bracelets are just YUCK! They’d be the most awesome statement piece if they came as rings chunky they could really make an outfit pop and I’d be all over them in like 2 seconds!