Capture the Spirit of Your ‘Loved One’ With A Portrait Jewel

Are you looking for a beautiful, one of a kind gift that will really show how much you care? A luxury bespoke jewel, for when it really matters.


Imagine, a precious cameo portrait hand carved in gemstone from your photos.

So beautiful and unique. Truly a ‘one of a kind’ gift, destined to be cherished for generations to come.

Hold your love, close to your heart, with your exquisite portrait jewel.

Give a portrait jewel to celebrate a birth, wedding or birthday. Or honor the life of a loved one that you have lost.  A precious sympathy gift for a mother or daughter.

Custom Cameo Necklaces and Brooch Pins

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


Wear your Portrait Cameo of a loved one close to your heart. Cameos can be worn as a necklace, pendant, brooch pin, bracelet, earrings or a ring.

See more examples on my cameo necklaces and cameo brooch pins page.

Hand Made and Designed to Delight

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

My goal is to have the recipient fall in love with their special gift, and many wear their portrait jewel every day. I design my portrait jewelry to ensure a strong love and attachment for your ‘gift of a lifetime’. The design elements can include:

  • The life-like cameo portrait of a loved one
  • A personal icon or gold accent, to add extra meaning
  • Hand engraved inscription or a loved psalm or poem
  • Gemstone or Diamond details to enhance the precious nature of your gift
  • A Secret message or surprise.
  • A compartment to hold ashes.

Lockets with a ‘Secret Cameo’

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


Wearing a Cameo Portrait jewel is quite an experience. They are so unusual and striking that my customers’ mention how often a person comments on their Cameo and wants to look at it closely and hear the story of how it was made. This response is wonderful in most situations, but with a painful loss the wearer may not want this kind of attention.

Cameo Lockets are the perfect solution to this situation. Here the cameo portrait is set inside a setting of Silver or Gold. There is a top lid that will close over the cameo to hide the portrait. Now the wearer can decide to reveal the cameo portrait when it suits her.

See more examples on my Custom Lockets page.

Customer Reviews

newborn baby held in parents hands

Thank you so much for the cameo. My wife loves it! I think it took her a moment to realize what it was, but, once she did, she started to tear up.

She wore it on Christmas Day and said, “I love my cameo; I don’t ever want to take it off.” And she has worn it every day since.

From my end, it was a pleasure working with you and watching this creation come to fruition. You are a truly talented artisan. Thank you again. Happy New Year! Charles.

Read more feedback on my Customer Reviews page.

Pet Portrait Jewelry

I love the cameo as does my husband. This is a striking and emotional Jewel. Thank you Gareth. I am so happy to have this heirloom. I really treasure the cameo you have made…Betsy, California.


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.

A cameo with a portrait of your pet is a wonderful way to cherish your much loved family pet. I delight in adding a special touch, say a gold accent or detail such as a gold bone, a pawprint or an inscription. See more on my Pet Portrait Jewelry page.

My Cameo for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Gareth’s Pocahontas Cameo is an exquisite tribute to the 16th Century original that was presented to Pocahontas by King James I and Queen Anne in 1616. His brooch has earned it’s place as an important historical cameo....Diana Jarrett, Author of ‘Cameos Old and New.’


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. My Cameo of Pocahontas has been honored in this way by being added to the Queen’s private collection at Buckingham Place, London.

Royalty used to give their favorite subjects gemstone cameos carved with their portrait. The finest of these portrait jewels are found in museums and private collections.

Many of these hardstone cameos are two thousand years old and still look new, long after shell cameos, which need careful care as they are so delicate, have crumbled to dust.

Gareth has also created custom jewelry for a Crown Prince, an Art Deco Necklace for Lady Diana Gibson-Watt, UK, Sir Anthony Hopkins, his Maple Leaf pendant in Ammolite was an official gift for the wife of the Prime Minister of Canada.

For when it really matters.


One of my most memorable commissions was when I was asked by a husband to make a cameo for his wife. I keep their anonymity.

Gareth, This is my daughter, she was born 15 weeks too soon and lived for only 15 mins. It would mean so much to me if you could find a way for us to remember her.

The photos, taken at the hospital, were so moving. We selected one that showed her most at peace.

I designed a locket that opened to reveal a secret portrait of their daughter. Hand engraved with her name and a private message from her father. The feedback was:

Gareth, my wife loves her cameo locket and wears it every day, she feels that our daughter is still with her. Thank you for helping us cherish our daughter’s memory.

Two years later the husband called me as they had just given birth to a healthy baby. I was so happy to hear this news. I feel blessed to create Art that has such a powerful impact.

I have many stories like this from my remarkable customers. Some of these portrait jewels are celebrating a happy event. Others mark a loss with a remembrance portrait to honor a life. Read some of my most impactful cameo stories here.

A Life Story Jewel to Honor and Cherish your ‘Loved One’


I am so moved when a parent asks me to make a cameo with a portrait of their child, lost due to a tragic event. This is such an honor.

I feel that my work, to create beauty and a healing gift for the mother, is so important. This is my way to make a positive impact in the world.

When I was given your cameo, 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 could only manage to say that she was beautiful and now she will be with me forever. Thank you for carving not only a beautiful portrait but also the feeling behind the picture. I will be forever grateful…- by Paloma

When only the most personal and precious sympathy gift will do.

Custom Made Cameo Rings

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 in lapis Lazuli-ring-350-sq

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.

Signet ring for a man to wear with a Cameo portrait of a Man carved into Lapis Lazuli. The sides of the ring are inlaid with Lapis and is protected and accented by an Acanthus leaf carved in gold.

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.

About the Artist

Wow ! You are both talented and generous. Thanks for sharing….Seth Godin.


Gareth David Eckley

Gareth David Eckley is an award winning designer with an international reputation. He has been creating custom jewelry for the last 30 years. He has won awards from De Beer – Diamond Design, the Platinum Guild for designs of platinum jewelry and Goldsmiths Craft’s council for jewelry design, gemstone cameo carving and hand engraving.

Gareth trained in the United Kingdom and moved to Canada in 1991. He carved his first portrait cameo in 1997. He was so moved by the emotional reaction when he gave the cameo to his customer. Gareth is now in his 21st year of carving Cameo Portraits.

I work with my hands and my heart, to create a portrait that will show the person at a spiritual and emotional level. I aim to make the mother fall in love with my portrait cameo of her child.

When I hear that the family has been moved to tears by their special gift, I know that I have achieved my goal…Gareth

Gareth has created custom jewels for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Prime Minister of Canada, a Crown Prince from the United Arab Emirates, a United States Senator, Lady Diana Gibson-Watt, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Lady Janice Mitchell and other clients throughout the World.

 How I make Your Portrait Cameo ‘True to Life’


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 can work from a painting, drawing or a very old photo. 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.

Diamond, Gemstone and Pearl Accents


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.

Gemstone Cameos for Men, Unset Cameo Portraits, Religious Jewelry


More choices for your portrait cameo. Cameos for men include signet rings, desktop cameos and portrait jewels. I can also provide an unset cameo stone or I can carve a cameo onto your gemstone.

Family Crest Signet Rings

The quality of engraving of my family crest far exceeds the details of my original ring that was carved in the 1950’s. Thank you !…Brian Shuckburgh, Hawaii


Family Crest Jewelry is a superb way to celebrate your family. Create a tradition where you present your brother, children or grandchildren with their own ring to mark their 18th birthday.

Your family crest can be carved into gemstone and set in gold or carved directly into the gold signet ring.

Visit my Family Crest Jewelry for more info.