A Portrait Jewel in Gemstone, a Beautiful Gift to Show Your Love
Imagine, a custom-made cameo with a portrait of your ‘loved one’ hand carved in Gemstone from your photos. So unique and precious, truly a ‘one of a kind’ gift, destined to be cherished for a lifetime.
My cameo is absolutely gorgeous. I am extraordinarily pleased. You have managed to capture one of her ‘looks’ and her hair is fantastically rumpled just as it is normally!
We couldn’t wait to show Ellie Marie who immediately recognised herself. It is something quite special and totally unique. Thank you so much…Indy, London, UK
Display your cameo, over your heart, as a necklace, pendant or brooch pin in exquisite custom designed Gold, Platinum or Silver settings.
How to Order
I custom design my Portrait Jewels for every customer. I find that the portrait photos inspire the design and choice of gemstone. When I talk with the customer I will often discover ways to add a personal accent or detail that will delight the recipient. Upload your best portrait photos and share the story of your ‘loved-one’. Their story inspires my design. Visit How to Order for more info.
How I make Your Portrait Cameo ‘True to Life’
The proprtions of the face change as we age, from a baby, through childhood, young adults and older. I have studied Portraiture and anatomy for years and I use this to inform my portrait carving. I carefully study your portrait photos to achieve the likeness. I do like to have more than one photo as they can help me tease out the details of the profile. I have worked from a painting , drawing or a very old photo, when needed. You can read more on my portrait page
Add Personal Touches to delight your family.
I love to add a meaningful surprise on the cameo setting to delight the recipient. I ask questions during the design chat to find an important passion, hobby or perhaps a significant event in the life of the ‘loved-one’ or family. See more personalized jewelry examples.
I can make an accent from Gold and pin this to the back of Silver settings. You can see how good this looks with the gold butterfly on a Platinum setting and the engraved drawing made by a child.
Gemstone and Pearl Accents
Gemstone and Pearl accents can really enhance your portrait jewel. Pearls can be White, Pink or Black and perfectly match the special quality of cameo portraits. I can also add Diamond accents or Gemstones. Birthstones that match the birth month of the wearer or the subject of the cameo work so well.
I had tears in my eyes as she opened the package containing the cameo on Christmas Morning, 2017. She was shocked and speechless for several minutes, and finally said, “I didn’t know you could still get these!” She absolutely loves it and wears it proudly. When people notice that she is the subject of the cameo, it opens up a whole new opportunity for her to talk about it.
I found Gareth through an internet search, and I’m glad I did! From the beginning, he was very easy to work with and made suggestions to help me get a piece of jewelry she would really like. Once decided, he sent periodic photos to see the progress being made. I kept all the progress photos and showed my wife later, she was fascinated with the process.
Gareth is indeed an artist, and I appreciate his work and attention to detail. He has created a family heirloom and I recommend him highly! Ken, G. California
A Life Story Jewel to Honor and Cherish your ‘Loved One’
We gave the cameo to my mom last Wednesday and she is still speechless. When she first opened the box she took a huge breath and began to cry. My father asked her what the gift and she tried to tell him but was overwhelmed with emotions. Your cameo has made us all so happy…R.C, New York
Remember your loved-one with a portrait in gemstone, hand made to show her spirit. Exclusive, beautiful and very rare. When only the most personal and precious sympathy gift will do.
For privacy select a locket with a secret cameo. The portrait can be worn over her heart all day. This can be opened to reveal her ‘private cameo’ when desired.
Gareth my wife has worn her cameo every day, she feels that our daughter is still with her. We will treasure our story jewel always…A.C
When the wearer wants to display her portrait to all you can have a cameo pendant or a cameo brooch pin. Personal messages are engraved to create a life story jewel.
Most of my Remembrance Jewelry is not shown on my website to protect the privacy of the family. The examples that I show are with the blessing of their owners.
Famous Patrons of Gareth
Regarded as the finest Portrait Cameo Artist in North America. Gareth has been carving cameos with such precision and grace that they have attracted the attention of several discerning collectors including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II...Diana Jarrett, Author of ‘Cameos Old and New, 4th Edition.’
Royalty would give gemstone Portrait Cameos to their favorite subjects as a sign of high status. Many of these Cameos are now in Museums or private collections. I feel so blessed that my Cameo of Pocahontas has been honored in this way by being added to the Queen’s private collection at Buckingham Place, London.
Gareth has also created custom jewelry for a Crown Prince, an Art Deco Necklace for Lady Diana Gibson-Watt, UK and his Maple Leaf pendant in Ammolite was an official gift for the wife of the Prime Minister of Canada.
Gemstone Cameo Necklace with a Portrait of a Beloved Pet
A cameo necklace with a portrait of a lovely Maltese dog called ‘Bo’. I carved the cameo from a three layer Layered Agate. Her eyes were carved from black Onyx and inlaid into the white Agate. The setting is 14 kt yellow Gold, with a 14kt yellow Gold Omega necklace chain.
My husband and I were overcome with joy when we received the beautiful cameo of our darling Bo. Gareth, you captured Bo’s alert and impish aspect utterly. He really stands out against the tonal blue in the background.
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.
Pet portrait cameos are fun to carve. I love working to get the personality of the pet. I have a number of techniques that I can utilise to get the best likeness. I can create cameo portraits of dogs, cats and widlife such as eagles, lions and bears.
See more examples on my Pet Portrait Cameo Jewellery page.
A Cameo for a Man to Wear
The cameo arrived this morning. Oh My God….it is absolutely incredible!!!! You captured her image in such detail. I cannot thank enough for this unbelievable piece of art. This means the world to me. Again that you for all your hard work and incredible talent. Gratefully…Marq W.
Marq needed a cameo necklace that was strong enough to wear when he rode his Harley Davidson bike.
Western Bolo tie are designed for cowboys to wear all day long in the saddle. I made a Bolo sliding mechanism that was pinned to the back of the cameo pendant.
Marq’s wife loved dragonflies. I engraved an inscription ( kept secret by request ), accented by dragonflies.
Custom Cameo Rings
A beautiful Portrait Cameo Ring. The cameo is carved in a white on blue layered Agate. The Gold Ring was a gift to a mother, carved with the image of one of her daughters.Presented in a handmade Ebony and Maple wood ring box.
We presented it to our mum and she cried and cried. My mum loved the ring and the kids were so happy seeing their mum on their Nanas finger. thank you so much…Michelle, New Zealand
Cameo ring stones can be the same layered Agate gems that I use for pendants and brooches or beautiful cameos can be carved into faceted gemstones such as Aquamarine, Amethyst, Citrine, Lapis Lazuli and even Precious Opal.
Find out more on my Cameo Rings and Cameo Earrings page.
Gareth David Eckley – Portrait Artist
I work with my hands and my heart, to create your Jewel. I love that magical moment when the portrait comes to life. My focus is how the customer will feel when they wear their portrait jewel. My goal is to create love and attachment for their special gift.
Having the mother fall in love with my portrait of her child means everything to me. I really enjoy the collaborative process involved in portraiture.
I work closely with my client to ensure that together we create an exceptional gemstone cameo portrait. My goal is to make the mother fall in love with my portrait cameo of her child…Gareth David Eckley
Gemstone Cameos compared to Cameos in Shell
Cameos can be carved into Shell or Gemstone. Gemstone cameos are harder, last for thousands of years and are considered superior to shell.
Shell is much softer than stone and is far less durable. The carving process is faster with shell and different tools are used. There are some shell carvers who sell their work for very low prices.
If you are offered a portrait cameo for only a few hundred dollars, realise that the carver must rush their work, and cut corners to make that cheap price. He will have carved crude details, created a poor finish and not achieved a good likeness.
I was recently asked to replace a portrait cameo in shell, carved in Italy at a very cheap price. The customer was very unhappy with the result, and lost his money. Why take a risk that you can, get away, with the cheapest option. Your ‘loved-one’ deserves the very best.