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On the March 5 episode of the hit ABC talk show, the fashionable 50-year-old accessorized her outfit with a vintage-inspired cameo brooch. The statement piece was perfectly placed on the top left side of her high-waisted black pants, which she teamed with a simple, sleek white turtleneck.
Ripa confirmed that it was a cameo and revealed it was actually a gift from renowned Harlem restaurateur chef Melba Wilson. "I complimented her on it and she gave it to me," she gushed. "I am blown away by her kindness. She also gave me two sweet potato pies."
Cameos have been used for centuries for various purposes and decorated with a wide range of carvings: Early Greek and Roman carvings featured images of gods and goddesses, themes from mythology, beautiful women and biblical events. Many cameos through history depict living heroes or rulers.
Experts say that the jewelry style enjoyed the greatest popularity during the Roman era, the Renaissance and the 19th century. “The cameo, perhaps more than any other form of jewel, has been appreciated as a work of art and an object of virtue since ancient times through to the Renaissance era and the Neo-classical period,” Michele Rowan, owner of antique store Rowan & Rowan and author of Nineteenth Century Cameos, told National Jeweler.
Turns out, the former soap star's "The Legends Pin/Pendant" hails from The Black Cameo Fashion Collection and retails for $80.
Shop the cameo style now or if you are trying to pinch a few pennies, check out five similar brooches, all under $25, below.
Soul Breeze's Brown Cameo Brooch Pin retails for $12.99.
Reizteko's Cameo Queen Brooch Pin retails for $7.99.
MeiMei's Vintage Crystal Victorian Cameo retails for $9.99.
Lux Accessories' Antique Vintage Brown Cameo Brooch retails for $9.95.
Rosemarie Collections' Rhinestone Cameo Statement Brooch retails for $24.99.