William Miles, chief of the Pamunkey nation, presents Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a replica of the Pocahontas cameo brooch. The original cameo brooch was presented to Pocahontas by King James I and Queen Anne in 1616.
My cameo was set into a Platinum frame and encircled by natural freshwater pearls that were fished from the Mississippi river in America.
I heard that the Queen loved the Cameo and was entranced by the story behind it. My Cameo of Pocahontas. is now in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace, London.
Gareth Eckley carves cameos with such precision and grace that they have attracted the attention of several discerning collectors. With the Pocahontas Cameo, presented to Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Eckley strove to attain a level of authenticity…coming as close as he could to the original. The completed Pocahontas brooch, now in the Queens’ collection at Buckingham Palace, has already earned it’s place as an historical cameo of note… Diana Jarrett, Author of ‘ Cameos Old and New – 4th Edition,’ 2008. Pages: 268 – 270.
Photo-book download – 32 mb in size ! with the story of the Pocahontas Cameo presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
This important occasion was to honor the role of Pocahontas in the survival of Captain John Smith and his settlement at Jamestown. This ceremony was part of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown Colony. The first permanent settlement of the British in North America.
Pocahontas traveled to England in 1616 with her husband John Rolfe and their young son Thomas. Rolfe family legends say this blue onyx cameo brooch was carved with a likeness of Pocahontas and given to her during her stay in London. The cameo was donated to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in 1979 by the Reverend Cary Weisiger III, a direct descendant of Pocahontas. The original brooch is displayed in the Jamestown Settlement museum in Virginia.