A Portrait Jewel in Gemstone, a Beautiful Gift to Show Your Love

Truly ‘one of a kind’, a cameo portrait of a loved one’ hand carved in Gemstone from your photos.  So unique and precious, destined to be cherished for a lifetime.

Your portrait is displayed in exquisite custom designed Gold, Platinum or Silver jewelry as a bespoke, cameo necklace, cameo pendant or cameo brooch pin.

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 The 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!

I am sure that Ellie will be fascinated by it as a little girl and love it when it becomes hers. We do love the cameo. 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

Having the mother fall in love with my portrait of her child means everything to me. I often hear, from the family, of tears of joy and being emotionally moved. A cameo portrait carved in the image of someone you love is so unexpected and remarkable.

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…Gareth

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.

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

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.

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 Memorial 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.

A Portrait Jewel of their Daughter for Christmas


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.

Customer Review

Thomas-Cameo-photo★★★★★ Gemstone Portrait Necklace of a young daughter

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 an initial 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.


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 Sophie Gregory Trudeau, the wife of the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.

How to Order Your Personal Cameo Portrait Jewel

The order process is:  send portrait photos – schedule a design chat – receive customized design with various options – select the design, size and style – pay deposit – I start to create your portrait jewel – final payment on completion – delivery via courier.

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.  This is the reason why I don’t have standard cameos and a shopping cart.


Do you have a photo that captures the ‘spirit’  of your ‘loved one’. Send me this photo and a few others that help show their character and personality. I will design the perfect Portrait Jewel from your photo.

I use my skills as an award winning Jewelry designer to create the very best design for you. Your portrait photos inspire my creativity. I look for your feedback and together we will design the perfect gift.

I will suggest the best color choices and gemstone options from your photos and from learning the style and personality of the wearer. Engraved drawings, messages and other personal touches make your jewel even more special and unique.

I will give an estimate after preparing your design. I will try to work within your budget if possible. Settings of Gold are priced higher than Silver and larger cameo stones take more time to carve than smaller sizes.

Custom pieces with larger Diamonds, Pearls and Gems can be higher. Payment is usually deposit with order, balance on completion. Delivery is typically within 6–8 weeks. The price range for a typical Portrait Cameo Jewel is $1200 – $7000+. My minimum order value is $1000.

Payment is accepted by Debit or Credit cards, wire transfers and by crypto currencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dash, Monero and many others.

Your portrait is hand carved with Diamond carving tools by Gareth. This process takes quite some time as only a perfect likeness is acceptable to Gareth. The settings are also crafted by hand with an exquisite eye to detail.

Your finished jewel is beautifully presented in a satin pouch within a luxury wooden box. This is wrapped with satin ribbon with a sealing wax stamp for an extra touch of luxury.

Share the story of your ‘loved one’ and upload your photos. Gareth will design the perfect Portrait Jewel for your family.

Gareth David Eckley - Portrait Cameo Artist

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.

I love the moment when the portrait comes to life before my eyes. I find it exciting to see the personality of the subject captured in gemstone. I feel that I invest a part of myself in every portrait that I create…Gareth David Eckley

Each portrait is hand carved from your photos by Gareth. Widely regarded as the finest portrait cameo artist in North America.  He has a gift for creating a life-like portrait, discovering the essence of a person’s soul and bringing the gemstone to life.

Gareth has been creating beautiful, personalized jewelry for 30 years. He is an award winning, gemstone artist and jewelry designer with an international reputation as a leader in his field. You can read his biography here at Gareth David Eckley

Each portrait is hand carved from your photos by Gareth. Widely regarded as the finest portrait cameo artist in North America.  Gareth also designs and makes the exquisite settings for every custom jewel.

Gareth has a gift for creating a life-like portrait, discovering the essence of a person’s soul and bringing the gemstone to life.

Gareth has been creating beautiful, personalized jewelry for 30 years. He is an award winning, gemstone artist and jewelry designer with an international reputation as a leader in his field.

A Portrait Cameo of Grandma for His Mother


This is one of my favorite custom cameo necklaces. The portrait is of a much loved Mother and was a gift from her son to celebrate her 80th birthday. The cameo portrait is carved onto a white on pink-red layered Agate gemstone. The setting is in 14kt Yellow Gold. On the back of the gold necklace I hand engraved a personal message from her son, ‘Nonna Siria Greco’.

Dear Gareth, I received the cameo yesterday and it’s absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much, your talent is a beautiful gift and sharing with others is truly amazing. Sincerely Joseph.

I love carving portrait cameos of older people. There is so much character on their faces. Their personality really shows in their portrait photos. I used a special technique to enhance the carving. The face and background were given a satin finish. I polished her clothing and the pearls. This creates a wonderful contrast that really brings the portrait to life.

Customer Feedback

Nonna-Cameo-portrait-photo-300I 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