A gift from a Crown Prince to his family – seven cameo portraits

A very unusual cameo of a much loved ‘Imam’. I was asked to carve this portrait on a red Carnelian gemstone. I could not use Gold or Silver to display the cameo. The solution was to drill a small hole in the gem and suspend the cameo on a leather cord.


photo-imam-cameo-portrait-pendantThis was an incredible project. I was asked by a Crown Prince from Dubai, UAE, to create a suite of seven portrait cameos for his family.  He sent me three portraits of their Imam.  Their Imam is very respected by the family and is important to their religious journey.

I selected two of the photographs for the portrait carving. I researched Islamic traditions and the history of design in the Islamic world. Islamic architecture is very rich with complex patterns, repeated often in tile or stonework. Religious doctrine does not allow Gold or Silver to be worn. I used a strong woven cord for the necklet.

I carved two red carnelian agate gemstones with this image. I also made another cameo in a 3 layered black, white, black agate gemstone using very advanced inlay techniques. This is shown in the slideshow below.

I found this project fascinating, it took many months to complete all seven portrait cameos. The carving on each cameo was very detailed. In many ways this was a ‘labor of love’. I feel honored to have been asked to work by the Sheikh on this special project.

This cameo shows the side profile. I carved two red carnelian agate gemstones with this image. I also made another cameo in a 3 layered black, white, black agate gemstone using very advanced inlay techniques.


10 Comments to “ A gift from a Crown Prince to his family – seven cameo portraits”

  1. Ellen says :Reply

    Wow! You have capture the essence of his charm and humility! The execution of the detail is astounding! Well done! ???

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    1. Gareth says :Reply

      Thank you for your kind words Ellen. This was a real challenge, making the cameos was a pleasure but also hard work to get right.

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  2. Hélène Bourget says :Reply

    Beautiful work! I like the stylized direction and the three-quarter profile. Well done Gareth!

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    1. Gareth says :Reply

      Thank you Helene. Your custom jewelry is incredible. I love to see your updates on facebook and instagaram.

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  3. Beth Sheldon says :Reply

    Such beautiful detail, a perfect choice in material, which exquisitely enhances your amazing art work!!

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    1. Gareth says :Reply

      Thank you Beth, you are so kind with your feedback. Diolch yn fawr !

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  4. Sherilyn Williams says :Reply

    Par excellence!

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    1. Gareth Eckley says :Reply

      Thank you Sherilyn for your lovely feedback

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  5. Awesome!

    Awesome work Gareth! You’re a real master with a gemstone! Your carvings are exquisite!

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    1. Gareth Eckley says :Reply

      Thank you Wayne, I really value your feedback as you do such great work yourself.

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