What is a Commesso Cameo?

Masterpieces of the Jewelers Art A Commesso cameo is a name given to a portrait jewel that combines a carved cameo with enameled gold and other precious materials such as diamonds and gemstones. They truly are masterpieces of the jewelers’ art. Commessi were principally made during the Renaissance by jewelers in Paris and Italy. Commesso …

Record Auction Prices for Cameos

Hardstone Agate cameo Brooch Pin with five layers Caroline Bonaparte Cameo sells for a record price of $67000 at Bonhams auction in 2015. Notable not just for the craftsmanship evident throughout, but for it’s historical value. The brooch sold for nine times the estimate. This is a late 18th/ early 19th century hardstone cameo brooch …

Portrait Photo Guide

Does Your Portrait Photo Tell a Story? If you were asked to show a friend just two or three photos that capture the “essence” of your loved one which would you choose? These are the images that I need for your cameo jewel. My goal is to have the portrait photo that best shows the …

A Portrait Jewel of their Daughter for Christmas

A Portrait Jewel of their Daughter for Christmas ★★★★★ 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 …

My Role in Cadbury’s Easter Egg Treasure Hunt

I Helped to Make These Gold Eggs. I remember these 22kt Gold Eggs. In 1983, when I was 20, I had a summer job while I was at college. I worked with George Lukes in London, England. George was regarded as the best hand engraver in Britain. He was the hand engraver of choice for …

Custom Cameos for Men

I have made custom Cameos for men to wear. These include Western-style Bolo Ties, Cameo Rings, Cameo Cufflinks and Desktop Cameos. When designing for a man I have found that strong colors work very well.  I would suggest white on wedgewood – blue, white on brown and white on black. A non traditional shape like a rectangular …

How I Make Your Portrait ‘True to Life’

How I capture the ‘spirit’ in each Portrait My most important aim is to achieve a great likeness. The cameo has to match the portrait photo. However, I actually work on a deeper more advanced level to make a cameo that the recipient will fall in love with. My goal is to have the mother …

Sympathy Portrait Jewelry

Carry Your ‘loved one’ Over Your Heart. The most elegant and rare of all sympathy gifts. I am very sensitive to how difficult the experience of the loss can be to family and friends. I respect the families need for privacy above all other considerations. I only show my Sympathy Jewelry online with the blessing …

Gemstone Options

Cameo portraits can be carved onto a wide variety of Gemstones The choice of gemstone for your portrait cameo has a big influence on how your finished portrait jewel will look.  There are some good examples here. Some gemstones give a soft, ethereal look to a portrait, other colors give strong and bold options. I …

A portrait jewel to honor a beautiful daughter

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, I’ve given them your website and do hope that they contact you. Warm regards, Stacy.T…USA Portrait Cameo Necklace of a Beautiful Daughter, set …

Pendants, Necklaces & Brooch Pins

Display your gemstone cameo portrait in a variety of settings. In the past cameos have been worn as a brooch pin, necklace, bracelet or ring. Today pendants and necklaces are the most popular choices. A  dual purpose jewel adds versatility. This is a Pendant that has a pin attached to the back. Your cameo can …

Lockets with a Secret Cameo

Lockets that open to reveal a Secret Cameo Portrait Wearing a Cameo Portrait jewel is quite an experience. They are so unusual and striking that my customers’ mention how often a person comments on their Cameo and wants to look at it closely and hear the story of how it was made. This response is …

Cameo Ring with Portrait of a Daughter

We presented it to our mum and she cried and cried. My mum loved the ring and the kids were so happy seeing their mum on their Nanas finger. thank you so much…Michelle, New Zealand A beautiful Portrait Cameo Ring. The cameo is carved in a white on blue layered Agate. The Ring was a …

Cameo Necklace – Portrait of a Wife

Just wanted to let you know that the cameo was delivered Wednesday about 4 p.m.  It looks fantastic!  I am sure she will love it.  Love the presentation box, too!..Ken, California This was a gift from her husband. I carved the cameo in a white on wedge-wood blue layered Agate. I set the cameo in …

Personalize Your Cameo

Add Personal Touches to delight your family I love to add a surprise on the cameo setting to delight the recipient. Is there is an important passion, hobby, a significant event in the life of the ‘loved-one’ or family that can be added to the Jewel. Gold Accents Sure to Delight Consider an accent from Gold. …

Order Guide

How to Order Your Personal Cameo Portrait Jewel 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. View examples …

Guide to Sympathy Etiquette

Sympathy Etiquette My name is Gareth. I have the honor of working with families in grief to help make a sympathy jewel with a hand carved portrait cameo of their loved one. My customers have taught me so much about how they want to be treated by others. I make sure that I always am respectful …

Cameo Rings – Cameo Earrings

Custom Cameo Rings “We presented it to our mum and she cried and cried. My mum loved the ring and the kids were so happy seeing their mum on their Nanas finger. Thank you so much…Michelle, New Zealand“ A beautiful Portrait Cameo Ring. The cameo is carved in a white on blue layered Agate. The …

Custom Jewelry Design

Working with you has been a pleasure. Your beautiful work and careful attention to detail is exceptional. We will be honoured to present your creations to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Thank you for your hard work and artistry…Bozena A selection of my custom jewelry from my 30 years as a jewelry designer and goldsmith. I …

Gareth David Eckley

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 the gemstone. I feel that I invest a part of myself in every portrait that I create…I really enjoy the collaborative process involved in portraiture. I work closely with …

Designed by Gareth for You

I use my skills as a Jewelry designer to create your custom jewel. Your portrait photos inspire my creativity. I will suggest the best color choices and gemstone options from your photos and from learning the style and personality of the wearer. Gareth personally designs every jewel. Your portrait is hand carved with Diamond carving …

Personalized Cameo Jewel

The cameo arrived today. My wife was overjoyed. Thank you for creating the best gift that she could ever imagine…J.S, Chicago Cameo Necklace & Brooch Pin with Portrait of a Child With this cameo I was able to really create a very special family heirloom. I was asked to create a Portrait Cameo jewel as …

My Cameo for Queen Elizabeth II

Royal protocol dictates that I am not allowed to repeat Queen Elizabeth’s exact words. However, I can say that Her Majesty was entranced by my Cameo Jewel. She was intrigued by the story of how the original cameo was given to Pocahontas by Queen Anne and King James I over 450 years ago. My Cameo …

Memory Cameo of a beloved Mother

When I was given your cameo, I immediately 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 could only manage to say that she was beautiful and now she will be with me forever. Now I will have the …

The Art of Gem Carving Video

Carvers and Collectors: The Lasting Allure of Ancient Gems Since antiquity, gemstones have been engraved using the same methods. Follow the process from start to finish in this short video from the Getty Museum. This follows the recreation of an Ancient Greek Scarab gemstone seal by Epimenes 500B.C. Exhibition March – September, 2009 at the …

Gem carvers from Ancient Greece Exhibition

(Text copied with permission and © the Getty Museum, © J. Paul Getty Trust) The exhibition includes gems by several ancient master carvers, including Epimenes, Solon, Dioskourides, and Gnaios. These carvers sometimes signed their works, but the majority of classical gems are unsigned. With careful examination, anonymous intaglios and cameos can be attributed to known …

A Necklace Chain for your Cameo

Selecting a Chain for your Cameo Pendant Care should be taken to select a chain that complements your cameo jewel. The chain should be at least 1/8 ” in thickness to ensure that it is strong enough to suspend the cameo pendant . I would suggest that the chain should match the color of the …

Canadian Maple Leaf necklace for Grandma

Gareth created this special Jewel as a gift from his family to his children’s grandmother, Marilyn Dyer-Seidel. Carving the Ammolite was very difficult, the shell is formed in layers which like to fall apart with the pressure of the carving tool. The fossil had to be stabilized with resin to allow it to be carved. …

V.I.P Service

A Special Service for Those Who Need It When I worked with my American benefactor on the secret project in 2007 to create the Pocahontas Cameo for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. I realised that these orders have special requirements. With that order I signed an NDA before details of the project were revealed. I …

Art Deco Diamond and Pearl Necklace Collar

I designed and made this special jewel for Lady Diana Gibson-Watt The Art Deco Diamond and Pearl clip earrings were a present from Lord Gibson-Watt to his wife when they were first married. Lady Diana asked me to design a collar ‘choker’ style necklace that would incorporate her natural pearl necklace and provide a second …

Award Winning Cameo Art

First Prize in the British Goldsmiths Craft Council Awards. 2007. Portrait of Grace Kelly in a three layer Agate Gemstone. British Goldsmiths Craft Council Awards. 2006 – Highly Commended Award for The black onyx Kalahari Bushwoman & Baby cameo. British Goldsmiths Craft Council Awards. 2006 – Highly Commended Award for this carving of a newborn …

Layered Agate for the Pocahontas cameo

Natural layered Agate used for the Pocahontas cameo presented to her majesty Queen Elizabeth Here are four slices of layered Agate. This is how this gemstone looks before enhancement. Gemstone dealers use a combination of heat and permanent dye to alter the colors of the stone. For my cameo I needed to match the colors …

Identical Cameos

Matched Identical Portrait Cameos Sometimes I am asked to create two cameos from the same photograph. This creates a real dilemma. It is actually impossible for anyone to carve two identical portraits. I am a Portrait artist and each cameo is an individual work of art. I create my portraits by carving with my hands. …

Cameo Appearances Exhibition

Review of the Cameo Exhibition at the Met European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Special Exhibitions Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York – March 8, 2005–January 29, 2006. I visited this exhibition at the Met in New York. I flew over from London, England as this exhibition was of such a high quality. I …

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