Life Story Jewelry

Your loved ones portrait captured in a gemstone cameo. To wear over her heart.

A unique and precious Sympathy or Celebration gift that will be treasured for generations.

 For when it really matters !

A Life Story Jewel has Four Elements


1. Gemstone Portrait Cameo

On a selection of layer Agates or gemstones such as Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli or Opal.

2. Engraved Personal Inscription

A message that has meaning and impact for the mother or grandma.

3. Suprise Feature - A Secret Diamond

Can be the birthstone of the person. A gold charm or engraved design.

Pearl, Gemstone or Diamond

These accents can enhance the portrait cameo and make the jewel feel more precious.

Customer Review

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

A Faith and Story Jewel Locket of a Much Loved Grandmother

The cameo locket below is an example of the result when I was 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

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Receives My Cameo

VIP Clients - The Queen of England, Prime-minister of Canada, Crown Prince of Dubai, Lady Diana Gibson Watt, Lady Mitchell, A United States Senator, Sir Anthony Hopkins.....

Queen Elizabeth examines my Cameo Brooch

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

Pocahontas Cameo brooch

The portrait is carved into Natural 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 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.

How to Order

Features and Gemstone Options

Browse the site to see our necklaces, pendants, brooch pins and rings. Check our gemstone color guide and examples of personal features.

Custom Orders - Send Your Inquiry

Upload your photos and tell your story. I will connect to research your needs. Bespoke designs for your jewel are shared for approval.

Place your Order

When the design proposal and quote is approved send your payment. Your order status is then secure. Expect delivery in 6 - 8 weeks.

Story Lockets with Secret Cameos

The perfect design for a sympathy gift or to celebrate a wedding. Carry the portrait next to your heart every day. The locket can be opened to reveal the secret cameo when desired. Lockets can be made from Silver, Gold or Platinum. Personalized with engraved messages and accented with Pearls, Gemstones or Diamonds.



Platinum, Pink Conch Pearl Locket with Engraved Design


Locket opens to reveal the Cameo and the Lamb of God


Gray Agate Cameo Portrait of Her Daughter

Hello Gareth, The locket arrived this evening - absolutely beautiful!  My wife loves it!  Thank you! Regards, Staton

Pet Portrait Jewelry

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

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.

Personal Elements of a Story Jewel

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 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: 353

Selections from Our Portfolio

Sympathy Cameo Portrait Jewelry

The most elegant, rare and personal sympathy gifts. A beautiful custom-made cameo with a gemstone portrait of your loved one. Sure to always be worn above her heart.

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.

Gift for the Bride or Groom

Engagement Jewelry, Wedding Jewelry, Custom Cameo Jewelry for the fiancee, bride or mother to celebrate an engagement, wedding or anniversary.

Precious Opal Cameo Jewel

Have your cameo carved into precious stones like Precious Opal, Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine, Amethyst, Citrine. I specialize in hard to carve gemstones. Send me your gemstone or ask me to find one.

Lockets with Gemstone Cameo Portrait

This cameo locket was given to his fiancee when he proposed. We used his grandmothers' diamonds. Hand engraved Monogram using her initials. Opens to reveal a secret cameo with a portrait of the couple.

Feedback from my Clients

I have a review in Spanish and English for this brown Agate sympathy cameo portrait of a mother.

Custom made Cameo Rings

Cameos can be carved onto a selection of solid color gemstones and onto precious stones such as Lapis Lazuli, Opal, Aquamarine, Amethyst, etc.

Custom Designed Fine Jewelry

A Cocktail ring by Gareth Eckley with a large Crystal Opal from Australia. Set in a ring designed to echo the ocean. Yellow and White Gold waves cradle the Opal. The gem is accented with Diamonds.

Gemstone Color Options

Blue Agate Cameo

Blue-Black Agate Cameo

Wedgewood Blue Cameo

White on Pink-Red Cameo


White on Red Cameo

Brown Agate Cameo

Pink or Violet Cameo

Black Agate Cameo

Green Agate Cameo

Three Layer Agate Cameo

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.

Custom Portrait Cameo of Her Daughter

A Christmas gift from a husband to his wife. Hand carved onto a white on green Agate, set in Silver. I engraved a drawing made by the daughter of her family and a personal message on the setting.

Customer Review

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 morningthank 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.

Family Crest Jewelry

Hand carved into Gemstone or Gold with traditional techniques by a European trained master with 30 years of experience. Lapis Lazuli, Bloodstone, Sardonyx, Layered Agate, Carnelian, Black Onyx, gemstones.

Gemstone Family Crest Rings

Your family crest can be carved onto many gemstones. This example is in Aquamarine and is set into an 18kt Rose Gold ring.  Other faceted stones are Amethyst, Citrine, Rock Crystal, Peridot, Tourmaline, Blue Topaz and Prasiolite.

Information Guides & Page Links

Info guides written to help you discover all the options available to you. Help to select the gemstone for your cameo, choose the best photograph, design options for the setting and more.

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.

Bio for Gareth Eckley

More about Gareth Eckley. The jeweler, gemstone portrait artist, and designer.

Cameos for Men to Wear

Cameo Rings, Bolo Ties, Cufflinks, Tie Pins, Desktop Cameos


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

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.

Guide to Commesso Cameos

Magnificent jewels that are masterpieces of the gemstone artist and jewelers art.

Shell or Hardstone Cameos

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

Book a Design Consultation for Your Custom Jewel. Upload Your Photos To Gareth Eckley