We are so in awe of your work and our treasure. The Diamond set on the back was a wonderful surprise.
Your work is truly magnificent. I know that I have said it before, but you are a truly gifted artist and it's my pleasure knowing you. We plan to work with you again soon.
My mother was floored! She cried in a way that I have only seen her about jewelry since my father gave her gifts when he was alive. She was so touched and I heard that she has worn it every day since we gave it to her. She apparently is just taking walks so that she can show it off.
She is planning on buying a glass encasement so that when she is not wearing it she can display it. She said it is her most valuable piece and she's a huge jewelry collector since she began working in her 20s.
She has wanted this piece since my girls were born and she told me that she was even investigating who could do a cameo for her, but she said nothing she saw was even remotely close to this. It was everything we hoped for and more. Thank you for letting us have this moment with her!
Thank you again for everything and wishing you the best! We appreciate your artistic gift and are thrilled to have this amazing piece in our life...Lisa - New York
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 16th Century original 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.
Hello Gareth, The locket arrived this evening - absolutely beautiful! My wife loves it! Thank you! Regards, Staton
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.
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 stream of e-mailed photographs.
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 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."
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: 353
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.
What started as a vague idea after watching Antiques Roadshow on tv one Sunday night, turned out to be one of the best gift ideas I've ever had. I found portraitcameos.com with a Google search, and after that, it was easy.
After a discussion with Gareth about what I had in mind, and a few excellent suggestions from him for things we could do to enhance the piece, I decided to go ahead. I am very glad I did so !
My wife loves her cameo, and wears it at every given opportunity. It's mostly because she loves the piece, but also because of the large number of comments it attracts. I think cameos are seen these days as an old fashioned style of jewelry, but as our piece has shown, they can look very modern and up to date. This is something people regularly say to her after, "Gosh, what a gorgeous necklace".
The other beauty of this piece is that it is now a family heirloom that I'm sure my daughter will enjoy wearing in the future as much as my wife enjoys wearing it now.
Thank you very much Gareth for creating such a beautiful piece of jewelry that is totally unique and very personal to our family.
Have you ever had that moment when you give someone a gift and you can see that they are delighted beyond words ? I did on Christmas morning, thank you ! My wife has worn her cameo every time that she has gone out.
Not only does she love the cameo, and the picture I chose, but she's especially delighted with Seren's name on the side, and loves the picture on the back. Thank you for suggesting that.
As lovely as the cameo looks in the box it looks a thousand times more beautiful when my wife wears it. Thank you again for creating something so delightful...Richard, England, UK.