Gemstone Portrait Cameos, Custom Made Jewellery, Family Crests

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Gemstone Portrait Cameos

Hand-carved into gemstone from your photographs.

Custom Jewellery Design

Create a new jewel or redesign your old jewellery to a modern look.

Family Crest Stones and Rings

Order a new ring or replace a broken crest stone.

Gareth Eckley - An International Reputation for Beautiful Jewelry

Jewellery Designer, Portrait Artist, and Gemstone Carver.

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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.

A Selection of my V.I.P Clients - Discretion Assured

Read my VIP Guide for more info on Non Disclosure, Personal Visits, etc

The Royal Family - U.A.E

A Crown Prince from the Royal Family of the Kingdom of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai.

Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty is presented with my Cameo of Pocahontas by the State of Virginia.

Prime-minister of Canada

Prime-minister Stephen Harper received my Maple leaf in Ammolite to mark Canada's 150th year.

Lady Diana Gibson-Watt

A collection of High Jewelry made over many years for Lady Diana Gibson-Watt.

Sir Anthony Hopkins

A photograph from the movie Zorro. The details are kept secret by request.

Lady J. Mitchell

Set with a 1ct PInk Diamond, this carved gemstone jewel is valued at $300,000.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Receives My Cameo

Queen Elizabeth examines my Cameo Brooch

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

Pocahontas Cameo brooch

The portrait is carved into Gray 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 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.

Tanzanite, Pink Pearl, 18kt Gold, Cameo Locket, and Lotus Flower Earrings

A Gift for His Wife to Celebrate Her Mother's Heritage and Life

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Gold Locket with Pink Pearl & White Gold Cross

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Inside - a Secret Cameo with Tanzanites & Scroll Detail

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Tanzanite, Pink Pearl in Yellow and White Gold

The Custom Design Process

Visit his studio for a design session. Live streaming of a video design is available for remote orders.

Personal contact via phone, Skype or Zoom video is best to establish a connection. E.mail can also work, text is not a good medium.

Design sketches are shared, feedback is evaluated and the final design is agreed.

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Custom Made Cameo Jewelry with a Portrait of Your Loved One

To Hold, Over Her Heart, and Treasure Forever

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Custom Cameo Necklace in Platinum

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Her Beautiful Daughter

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An 18 kt Gold Butterfly Accent Charm

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

My Favorite Stories - Art that Matters for People who Care

★★★★★ Review - An Anniversary Gift for his Wife

My Most Personalized Jewel - Engraved With a Personal Message and the Daughter's Drawing of her Mom

Customer Review

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 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: 350-353

Celebrate a Special Event with a Portrait Cameo Jewel

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.

Cameo Necklace for a Wedding

The bride wanted a special gift. The wedding photo of her grandma, as a cameo pendant and brooch pin.
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Engagement Gift - Cameo Locket

A gift to celebrate their engagement. Set with his grandmothers diamonds in 18kt Gold. Opens to reveal a gemstone cameo.
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Birthday Cameo Necklace for Mom

I was contacted by a son who wanted to give his mother a cameo portrait to celebrate her 80th birthday.
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A Christmas Gift for His Wife

White gold necklace, with pearls. Set with a wedgewood blue gemstone cameo portrait of his wife.

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

Sympathy Portrait Jewelry

A Precious Gift to Honor Your Love - Created With Care and Respect

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When I was given your cameo, I immediately recognized my mother and burst into tears...

It took me around 30 minutes to be able to talk again.

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…Paloma

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Full Customer Feedback in Spanish and English

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

Paloma Melendrez

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

Paloma Melendrez

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Sympathy Cameo Lockets

For a very painful loss, a public display of her portrait cameo may not be desired.

I have custom designed lockets that open to reveal a secret cameo.

The mother can keep her portrait close to her heart every day. She can show her cameo when she chooses.

How to Order

Send Your Photos

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Upload your photos or artwork. Share your story and let me know your wishes and gemstone preference.

Your Jewel is Designed

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Gareth will contact you. A phone call is best, video chat and email can also work. Designs will be shared for your approval.

Your Jewel is Created

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Your unique jewel is created by Gareth. Crafted with great care by gemstone carving, goldsmithing, and hand engraving.

Personal Accents to Delight

Imagine a violin, easel and paint brush, her favorite flower, pet or spirit totem as a gold charm on the back of her necklace.

Diamond, Pearl or Gemstone accents to add luxury.

Hand engraved design, or a personal message or inscription to create attachment.

Accurate Portrait Cameos that Feel Alive

The Translucency of Gemstones Creates a Glow That Shell Cameos Do Not Have
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Daughter and her Baby Brother

Her Grandchildren. Evie is 3 years and Jude is 9 months old.

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.

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Blue Agate Cameo Jewel

Hand-carved into a Wedge-wood blue Agate gemstone.

How to Select the best Portrait Photos.

Ideas for How to Personalize your Gift.

Shared with the Blessing of my Clients

Gemstones for Your Custom Cameo

Visit my Gemstone Guide to See all of Your Color Options

Layered Agate Gemstones

White with a Color layer. A selection of colors is available.

Single Color Gemstones

Red Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, Bloodstone, Black Onyx.

Transparent Gemstones

Rock Crystal, Amethyst, Citrine, Moonstone, Smoky Quartz.

Selections from My Portfolio

Every Jewel is Unique, Custom Designed, and Made to Order

Lockets with a Gemstone Cameo Portrait

A Necklace and Locket in Platinum with a Pink Conch Pearl. Opens to reveal a portrait cameo of his grand-daughter. A gift for his wife.
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Portrait Cameo Rings

Available in Layered Agate, Lapis Lazuli, Bloodstone, Aquamarine, Amethyst, Moonstone, Precious Opal.

Cameos With Multiple Portraits

Family portraits may have two, three or more faces. I can combine separate photos to create the cameo.

Precious Opal Cameo Jewelry

Precious Opal is a beautiful and precious choice for a gemstone carving. Read my guide on Opal.

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.

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.

Cameos for Men

Cameo Rings, Cameo Cufflinks, Boutonniere Pins, Western Bolo Ties, Tie pins, Desktop Cameos.

Custom Designed Fine Jewelry

A cocktail ring by Gareth Eckley with a large Crystal Opal from Australia. Set in an 18kt gold ring designed to echo the ocean.

Lapis Lazuli Jewelry

A cameo ring in Lapis Lazuli in an 14kt gold. Custom jewelry for men and women can be designed for you.

Pet Portrait Jewelry

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

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.

Gemstone or Shell for Portrait Cameos?

Skilled Custom Cameos in either Shell or Gemstone start from $2000. Cheaper Cameos Have Compromised Quality for a Lower Price
  • The pure white in a layered Agate gemstone captures light and reflects it back. This makes the cameo glow with life, especially in sunlight.
  • By contrast, the Cornelian shell that is used in the cheaper Italian cameos, under $900, gives a flat, yellow look to faces that many find unpleasant.
  • Cameos in Opal, Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, and other gemstones are very precious.
  • Sardonyx shell or Black Helmet Emperor shell has a white layer that gives better portraits. They are more expensive and only the best carvers have access to them. Expect to pay from $1700 for quality shell cameos.

Detailed Info Guides

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.

Precious Opal Guide

Opal with a play of color is a unique cameo. Carved and polished Opal is a very precious gemstone.

Bloodstone Guide

A favorite gemstone for men's jewelry, signet rings, cufflinks. Dark green with spots of blood red.

V.I.P Service

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

Portrait Photo Guide

Send me your best photos. The ones that really show the personality and character of your 'loved one'

Personalize Your Jewel

Gold accents with a personal charm. Hand engraved drawings, inscriptions, and personal messages.

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.

Buyers Guide to Cameos

Info on modern and Antique Cameos in gemstone, shell and other materials.

Shell or Hardstone Cameos

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

Commesso Cameos

A guide to these Masterpieces of the Jewelers art.

Antique Cameos

A selection of some of the finest Antique Cameos from history.

My Cameo for Queen Elizabeth

Made by Gareth Eckley and presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Cameo Exhibition in New York

Review of the Cameo Appearances Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, New York.

Seven Cameos for a Crown Prince

A suite of seven cameos, carved with a portrait of his Imam, for a Crown Prince in Dubai, United Arab Emirate to gift to his family

Enamel and 22kt Gold Eggs

UK Treasure Hunt with 13, Hand Engraved & Enameled Gold Eggs.

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.

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