Gem Engraving tools for Cameo carving

This photo shows a selection of tools for gem engraving. The carving points are made from mild steel and are set in a precision gem carving lathe. The tool is pressed against the stone and is coated with a diamond paste. This action removes material from the gemstone. The highly skilled gem engraver can create …

Auguste Rodin Daniad Sculpture

Auguste Rodin Daniad Sculpture Much of Rodin’s work shows the ‘non finis’ technique. Here drama and life is created by making the sculpture appear to be trying to break out of the stone. This happens because the base or background of the sculpture is left in the rough state or unfinished. Rodin’s work is generally …

The Ancient Egyptian Cameo of Ptolemy

The Ptolemaeus cameo, also known as the Ptolemaeer Cameo Pictured is the Ptolemaeus cameo, also known as the Ptolemaeer Cameo. Vienna (Ptolemy, Ptrolemaer-kameo) Cameo Sardonyx (11 layers). Ptolemaic but has been argued as Claudian and Severan.Evidence that it may have switched identities with the Gonzaga cameo during history only further complicates the scholarship but most …

The Gemma Claudia Roman Cameo

The Gemma Claudia Roman Cameo The Gemma Claudia is a Roman five-layered onyx cameo of c.49. It later found its way into the Habsburg collections now in the Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna (AS Inv. No. IX A 63). It is 12 cm high and set in a gold rim. It depicts two cornucopia (with an eagle …

Portrait of a Mother and Newborn Baby

An award winning gemstone portrait in white on black layered agate of a loving mother and her newborn baby. This portrait was taken from photographs of the mother and her newborn baby that were taken in the hospital moments after birth. A close friend of the mother forwarded the photos to me and I selected …

Gareth Carving the Cameo of Grace Kelly

Gareth is using diamond tools to carve the Award winning gemstone portrait of Grace Kelly. The portrait was carved into a layered agate with three layers – black/white/black. This photo shows my carving set-up from 2007, when I mainly used a flexible micro-motor. I now mainly use the more traditional gem carving lathe that is …

Secret memory cameo in white gold

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 A pendant locket in 18kt white gold. Engraved with the “tree of life”. Hidden inside is a portrait cameo which can be revealed when the locket is opened. The passing …

Portrait Cameo of Two Young Brothers

The cameo arrived today, and as many people have probably told you, I am speechless. It is just beautiful and one of the most amazing gifts that I have ever received. I have always loved cameos; but this is beyond description to me. Thank you for your time and effort that went into creating such …

Red Jasper cameo of Medusa by Pistrucci

Antique Cameo of Medusa carved into Red Jasper by Pistrucci The superb jasper carving of the head of Medusa by Benedetto Pistrucci, shown above. This really is breathtaking when viewed in close up and is almost 3 inches in size. This was my personal favorite of all of the magnificent cameos that I saw at …

Antique portrait cameo carved in Lapis Lazuli

The Renaissance lapis lazuli cameo carving with a portrait of Cosimo I de’ Medici. (1519-1574), Duke of Florence and Grand Duke of Tuscany. From the Grand-ducal workshops, Florence. Date: ca. 1567–69 Culture: Italian (Florence) Carved into Lapis lazuli Based on a portrait-medallion. Dimensions: 2 3/16 x 1 13/16 x 3/8 in. (5.5 x 4.7 x …

Benedetto Pistrucci

The greatest cameo carver of the 18th Century Pistrucci carved this for Angelo Bonelli. This was later bought by the cameo collector Richard Payne Knight, who was told, by Bonelli, that this was an ancient greek cameo. Later Knight showed this cameo to Pistrucci and refused to accept his explanation of having carved it himself. …

Antique 3 layer Religious Cameo

Antique 3 layer Cameo from the 15th century. A religious cameo with scenes from the Old and New Testament. The cameo is carved from a three layer agate. Clever use is made of the top black layer. This has been thinned to create brown shading on the figures which are carved in the white layer. …

Portrait of a Man – Bronzino

Bronzino’s Drawings at the Met Bronzino was, without a doubt, one of the greatest Italian painters from the late Renaissance. Inexplicably enough, he has never received a museum retrospective, an honor for which his prolific oeuvre of portraiture is particularly deserved. This premier exhibition of the man, shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is …

Auguste Rodin sculpture of a Human head

Much of Rodin’s work shows the ‘non finis’ technique. Here drama and life is created by making the sculpture appear to be trying to break out of the stone. This happens because the base or background of the sculpture is left in the rough state or unfinished. Rodin’s work is generally considered the most important …

Portrait of a Lady – Bronzino

Bronzino’s Drawings at the Met Bronzino was, without a doubt, one of the greatest Italian painters from the late Renaissance. Inexplicably enough, he has never received a museum retrospective, an honor for which his prolific oeuvre of portraiture is particularly deserved. This premier exhibition of the man, shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is …

Cameo of a young Child

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. She was quite excited to see the finished piece, but managed to …

Cameo Portrait of a Grandma

A lovely cameo portrait of a beloved grandmother. This was ordered by her son who presented the Cameo Jewel to her as a present. The portrait is based on wonderful photograph of the grandmother, Ramona when she was 16, and her sister Agnus. The photo dates from 1946. We chose to use white on red …

The Gonzaga Cameo

A double portrait, of  Ptolomy II and Arsinoe II A double portrait, believed to be of the couple Ptolomy II Philadelphus and Arsinoe II, from Alexandria, carved in Sardonyx, with three layers. From the 3rd century BC. Bought in 1814 and originating from Malmaison, a gift from Josephine Beauharnais to Alexander I. Kept in St …

Donatello: The Santa Cecilia Bas-Relief

Donatellos’ Sciattiato Relief of Contessina De Bardi portrayed as St Cecilia in the guise of Artemis. Here is the original portrait carving. She is the sculptured equivalent of the Mona Lisa and even influenced Leonardo in his painting of St Anne and St Mary with the babies, Jesus Christ and St John the Baptist. The …

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