A Gift to Treasure - Your Loved One's Portrait Hand Carved onto Gemstone.



A Gift for Mom

Her daughter's portrait in a gemstone cameo. Set in an 18kt white gold, dual-purpose necklace and brooch pin. An engraved inscription in French adds a personal touch to this unique jewelry design.

I am sure that my daughter will be fascinated by our cameo, and will love it when it becomes hers. We couldn’t wait to show Ellie Marie who immediately recognized herself. This is so special and totally unique. Thank you so much...Indy, London, UK

Capture a moment in time with a Life Story jewel. Art that matters for people who care.

Sympathy Cameo Jewelry

These are my most significant jewels.

I have lockets that open to reveal a secret cameo.

Cameo pendants, brooch pins and cameo rings.

When I saw the piece, I immediately recognized my mother and burst into tears...what a beautiful cameo! It took me around 30 minutes to be able to talk again and I only could manage to say: She was beautiful and now she will be with me forever...Paloma, Mexico

Some of my customer's stories involve illness, cancer or even tragic accidents. I am so aware that I am talking to people in a pain that I can not even begin to imagine.

A beautiful custom-made cameo with a gemstone portrait to honor their memory is such a meaningful gift. I do not identify which of my cameos involve a loss, out of respect.

A Portrait Cameo for His Mother's 80th Birthday

This is one of my favorite custom cameo necklaces. I was contacted by a Son who wanted to give his mother a cameo portrait of her own mother to celebrate her 80th birthday. The portrait I worked from was an Oil Painting of his grandmother.

The cameo is carved onto a white on red layered Agate gemstone. The setting is in Yellow Gold. On the back of the gold necklace, I hand engraved a personal message from her son, 'Nonna Siria Greco'.


Custom Cameo Necklace in Gold - A Gift for his Mother


A Portrait of his Grandma

I can't begin to thank Gareth enough for the cameo he made for my mother on her 80th birthday. When she opened the box, her face expressed so much joy and love in seeing her beloved mother and my Nonna. I am forever grateful to Gareth, his work is a beautiful gift that is shared with humanity in bringing joy and happiness to so many...Joseph. R

How to Order

Send Your Photos


Upload your photos or artwork. Share your story and let me know your wishes and gemstone preference.

Custom Design Process


Gareth will contact you. A phone call is best, video chat and email can also work. Designs will be shared for your approval.

Your Jewel is Created


Your unique jewel is created by Gareth. Crafted with great care by gemstone carving, goldsmithing, and hand engraving.

A Cameo Locket with Matching Lotus Flower Earrings in 18kt Gold

This suite of jewelry shows the result, when I am given a serious budget and trusted to complete my design process. The jewel and the matching earrings went far beyond my customers initial proposal.


Gold Locket with Pink Pearl & White Gold Cross


Opens to Reveal Secret Cameo-Tanzanites & White gold


Lotus Flower Earrings to Match the Cameo Locket

How to Select the best Portrait Photos.

Ideas for How to Personalize your Gift.

Some of my Favorite Customer Stories.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Receives My Cameo

Queen Elizabeth examines my Cameo Brooch

Presented to Her Majesty, by descendants of Pocahontas to honor her royal visit to Virginia, United States in 2007.

Pocahontas Cameo brooch

The portrait is carved into Gray Agate. Encircled with freshwater pearls from the Mississippi and set in Platinum. Now in the Royal collection in London.

Gareth Eckley has been carving cameos with such precision and grace that he has attracted the attention of a discerning worldwide clientele.

His Pocahontas cameo is an exquisite tribute to the original cameo that was presented to the Indian princess by King James I and Queen Anne in 1616.

The brooch has earned its place as an important historical cameo...Diana Jarrett, Cameos Old & New - 4th Edition.

A Selection of my V.I.P Clients

Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty is presented with my Cameo of Pocahontas by the State of Virginia.

Prime-minister of Canada

Prime-minister Stephen Harper received my Maple leaf in Ammolite to mark Canada's 150th year.

The Royal Family - U.A.E

A gift from a Crown Prince from the Kingdom of the United Arab Emirates to his Royal Family.

Lady Diana Gibson-Watt

A collection of High Jewelry made over many years for Lady Diana Gibson-Watt.

Sir Anthony Hopkins

A photograph from the movie Zorro. The details are kept secret by request.

Lady J. Mitchell

Set with a 1ct PInk Diamond, this carved gemstone jewel is valued at $300,000.

Celebrate a Happy Event with a Portrait Cameo Jewel


Diamond Set Locket in 18KT Gold


Photo of the Couple

Cameo Portrait of the Couple

Gemstone Color Options

Layered Agate Gemstones

White with a Color layer. A selection of colors is available.

Single Color Gemstones

Red Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, Bloodstone, Black Onyx.

Transparent Gemstones

Rock Crystal, Amethyst, Citrine, Moonstone, Smoky Quartz.

Portrait Cameo Rings




Lapis Lazuli Cameo Ring

Blue Agate Cameo of a Boy

Cameo Ring of the Tarot - Joker

Gareth had an uncanny ability to read my mind and more importantly, he asked many questions to uncover precisely how to make my wife's gift have extra meaning for her...Richard, Australia.

Selections from Our Portfolio

Earrings to Match Your Cameo Jewel

Custom made earrings designed to match your cameo jewel. Pearls match cameos very well. Diamond and gemstones can also be added.

Precious Opal Cameo Jewelry

Precious Opal is a beautiful and precious choice for a gemstone carving. Read my guide on Opal.

Lockets with Gemstone Cameo Portrait

A gift to his fiancee when he proposed. With his grandmothers' diamonds. Hand engraved Monogram using her initials. Opens to reveal a secret cameo with a portrait of the couple.

Cameos With Multiple Portraits

Family portraits may have two, three or more faces. I can combine separate photos to create the cameo.

Cameos for Men

Cameo Rings, Cameo Cufflinks, Boutonniere Pins, Bolo Ties, Tie pins, Desktop Cameos.

Custom Designed Fine Jewelry

A cocktail ring by Gareth Eckley with a large Crystal Opal from Australia. Set in an 18kt gold ring designed to echo the ocean.

Pet Portrait Jewelry

A cameo jewel is a wonderful way to cherish your much-loved family pet dog or cat.

Black Onyx inlay makes the eyes and nose come alive.

Personalize with a gold bone, pawprint or an inscription.

My husband and I were overcome with joy when we received the beautiful cameo of our darling Maltese Dog 'Bo'.

Gareth, you captured Bo's alert and impish aspect utterly. When I wear the cameo, everyone comments on what a stunning piece it is.

We greatly appreciate the workmanship and expertise that went into your creation. What a wonderful heirloom we have...Betsy, California.

★★★★★ An Anniversary Gift for his Wife

Customer Review

The cameo arrived today. My wife was overjoyed. Thank you for creating the best gift that she could ever imagine.

I had involved my 3-year-old daughter in the process along the way: showing her your website, proposal, and progress photos.

My daughter was excited to see the finished piece but managed to keep the surprise.

Even better, she was delighted to see her mothers response when she opened the gift.

Thanks again for creating such a lovely work of art. - by J. S. Chicago

With this cameo, I was able to really create a very special family heirloom. I was asked to create a Portrait Cameo jewel as an Anniversary gift. My customer was very involved with the project. The result was one of my most favorite cameos.

The portrait was carved into a white on blue layered agate. We set the cameo inside a dual purpose pendant & Brooch frame made of 18kt White Gold.

The Process of Creating this Special Gift

personalized-Cameo-Book-Entry-3-2The father sent me 10 photos of his daughter. The portrait photo we selected as has a relaxed smile, her eyes are looking up which gives a positive feel and there is a great balance between the hair, face, and clothing. The three-quarter view works very well in an oval-shaped cameo carving.

I love to add a surprise to my Jewelry to make the gift extra special. With this cameo, I suggested engraving an image on the back of the setting. The father asked his daughter to draw a picture. I hand engraved her drawing onto the white gold cameo back.

The side of the frame was hand engraved with a personal message from the daughter to her mother. This read "You are in my heart and I am in your heart too. I love you mother."

The Story of this Cameo is in the Book Cameos Old and New

One of the cameos that carver Gareth David Eckley is most proud of is the result of a commission he received from a Chicago couple.

Using a photograph as a guide, he hand-carved a likeness in blue agate gemstone of their young daughter.

Highly personalized cameos like this one accurately and lovingly, capture a moment in time of a beloved family member.

Diana Jarrett, Author of ' Cameos Old and New - 4th Edition,' 2008. Pages: 350-353

Distinctive Men's Jewelry

A 1/3 Carat Diamond Tie Pin in 18kt White and Red Gold

The Boutonniere Pin is a Coat of Arms Hand Carved

onto Layered Agate, set in Red and Yellow Gold.

Pair with a Signet Ring and Cufflinks.


The experience that you give to your customers is truly remarkable. The impact of your portrait jewels is so powerful. How do you put a price on such a unique gift...Rick Gray, Canada.

Artist's Statement


My purpose is to create beautiful jewels that matter for people who care. I do everything that I can to make a portrait that the mother will fall in love with.

I feel that I channel the spirit of the subject into the stone. The moment when my carving 'comes to life' is magical and often very moving.

My customers have a love and generosity that guides them to trust me to make this special gift.

I feel so honoured when I am asked to help. This is my way to make a positive change in the world.

Regarded as the finest portrait cameo artist in North America. Gareth Eckley is an award-winning jewelry designer, gemstone carver, family crest carver and hand engraver.

Gareth trained in the United Kingdom with the finest old school jewelers. He is a master of traditional craft skills and techniques, that can only be learned in Europe. He has 30 years of experience working at the highest level of skill and technique.

Information Guides & Page Links

V.I.P Service

Private and confidential service for famous people who require secrecy. NDA's may be needed, personal visits can be arranged.

Gemstone Color Options

Guide to all of the options that you have for your cameo jewel. Layered Agates, Single colors and transparent gemstones.

Lapis Lazuli Guide

Lapis Lazuli is a beautiful stone for jewelry. Gem quality Lapis has an intense ultramarine blue that is captivating.

Personalize Your Jewel

Gold accents with a personal charm. Hand engraved drawings, inscriptions, and personal messages.

Portrait Photo Guide

Send me your best photos. The ones that really show the personality and character of your 'loved one'

Bespoke Jewelry Design

To design the perfect jewel for you I first discover your needs in our design interview. Design sketches are shared and feedback welcomed.

Family Crest Jewelry

Signet Rings, Cufflinks, Pendants, Monograms, Lettering hand carved into Gemstone or Gold

My Cameo for Queen Elizabeth

Made by Gareth Eckley and presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Buyers Guide to Cameos

Info on modern and Antique Cameos in gemstone, shell and other materials.

Commesso Cameos

A guide to these Masterpieces of the Jewelers art.

Shell or Hardstone Cameos

A guide that compares cameos carved into gemstone versus cameos carved into shell.

Antique Cameos

A selection of some of the finest Antique Cameos from history.

Portrait Cameo Newsletter

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