My purpose is to create beautiful jewels that matter, for people who care. My studio, is where the magic happens.
Creating a design from my imagination, crafting the piece and seeing it transform the wearer is so special.
Portrait cameos are unique. I use all of my experience to make a portrait that a mother will love. I channel the spirit of the person into the stone. The moment when my carving 'comes to life' is very moving.
My customers have a love and generosity that guides them to trust me to make thier special gift. This is my way to make a positive change in the world.
My legacy is to know that my jewels may be treasured for generations to come.
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 original cameo 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.
The cameo arrived about 10 minutes ago. It's breathtaking. Thank you so much for your beautiful masterpiece.
My friends are in absolute AWE of your work and several have requested more info. Warm regards, Stacy...USA
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 progress photos.
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: 350-353
I 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
Buenos dias Sr. Eckley
Ayer recibi uno de sus Cameos, este cameo tiene la escultura de mi mama, la cual fallecio en agosto 24 del 2000.
Esta pieza fue ordenada por Laura Garza algunos meses atras por motivo de mi cumpleanos
Cuando vi esta pieza, inmediatamente reconoci a mi mama y no pude evitar romper en llanto...!que hermoso cameo! Me tomo alrededor de 30 minutos poder articular palabra alguna y lo unico que pude decir fue; Ella era hermosa y ahora estara conmigo siempre.
Ahora tendre la oportunidad de tenerla siempre en mi corazon, como lo dice la inscripcion.
La foto que usted uso para este cameo es mi foto favorita, una vieja fotografia de estudio a blanco y negro, y es mi favorita porque se puede percibir el amor en sus ojos, su sonrisa pacificadora y su belleza tal cual como cuando ella vivia.
Sr. Eckley, observando esta pieza de arte me doy cuenta que usted tambien percibio esto. Desde el fondo de mi corazon le agradezco la dedicacion en este asombroso cameo. Gracias por no solo esculpir un hermoso retrato pero los sentimientos detras de la fotografia tambien.
Es, nuevamente con lagrimas en los ojos que le escribo este email...
Estare eternamente agradecida
Yesterday I received one of your Cameos (I attached the photo) , this cameo has the sculpture of my mom who died on August 24, 2000
this piece was order by Laura Garza, some months ago as a birthday present (yesterday was my birthday)
When I saw the piece, I imediately 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 only could manage to say: she was beautiful and now she will be with me forever.
Now I will have the opportunity to have her with me always in my hearth as the inscription say.
The photo you use for this cameo is my favorite photo, and old black and white studio photo, and I like it because you can perceive her loving eyes, peaceful smile and beauty as she was when she was alive.
Gareth, by seeing this piece of art I can tell that you perceived this too. Thank you from the bottom of my hearth for the dedication in this outstanding Cameo. Thank you for carving not only a beautiful portrait but also the feelings behind the picture.
Is, again with tears in my eyes, that I am writing this email to you...
I will be forever grateful
Filosofia, Psicologia y Letras
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Your unique jewel is created by Gareth. Crafted with great care by gemstone carving, goldsmithing, and hand engraving.
I absolutely love it. The detail is incredible right down to the flowers on Evie's dress!
Their two little noses are identical - just as they are in real life!
I am so glad that I found you - this will truly be my most absolutely cherished piece in my collection.
I thank you again and again...Linda. Rhode Island, USA.
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.
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 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, Canada.