The cameo just arrived. It is BEYOND what we expected!!! We are so in awe of your work and our treasure. The Diamond set on the back was a wonderful surprise.
Your work is truly magnificent. I know that I have said it before, but you are a truly gifted artist and it's my pleasure knowing you. We plan to work with you again soon.
My mother was floored! She cried in a way that I have only seen her about jewelry since my father gave her gifts when he was alive. She was so touched and I heard that she has worn it every day since we gave it to her. She apparently is just taking walks so that she can show it off. She is planning on buying a glass encasement so that when she is not wearing it she can display it. She said it is her most valuable piece and she's a huge jewelry collector since she began working in her 20s.
She has wanted this piece since my girls were born and she told me that she was even investigating who could do a cameo for her, but she said nothing she saw was even remotely close to this. It was everything we hoped for and more. Thank you for letting us have this moment with her!
Thank you again for everything and wishing you the best! We appreciate your artistic gift and are thrilled have this amazing piece in our life...Lisa - New York
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 was easy.
After a discussion with Gareth about what I had in mind, and a few excellent suggestions from him for things we could do to enhance the piece, I decided to go ahead. I am very glad I did so !
My wife loves her cameo, and wears it at every given opportunity. It's mostly because she loves the piece, but also because of the large number of comments it attracts. I think cameos are seen these days as an old fashioned style of jewelry, but as our piece has shown, they can look very modern and up to date. This is something people regularly say to her after, "Gosh, what a gorgeous necklace".
The other beauty of this piece is that it is now a family heirloom that I'm sure my daughter will enjoy wearing in the future as much as my wife enjoys wearing it now.
Thank you very much Gareth for creating such a beautiful piece of jewelry that is totally unique and very personal to our family.
Have you ever had that moment when you give someone a gift and you can see that they are delighted beyond words ? I did on Christmas morning, thank you ! My wife has worn her cameo every time that she has gone out.
Not only does she love the cameo, and the picture I chose, but she's especially delighted with Seren's name on the side, and loves the picture on the back. Thank you for suggesting that.
As lovely as the cameo looks in the box it looks a thousand times more beautiful when my wife wears it. Thank you again for creating something so delightful...Richard, England, UK.
Oh, Gareth—I don’t know where to start. The cameo is just breathtaking. The package arrived safely and the fine wooden box was a pleasant surprise.
I thought I could tell from the photos of your work that you are immensely skilled but I wasn’t prepared for how incredible the cameo is. It’s so detailed, so three-dimensional, and yet so ethereal. I can’t stop running my fingers over it.
It’s truly a precious work of art (my husband’s exact words) and you’ve captured Appa’s spirit perfectly.
Lately, I’ve been more composed about losing my faithful companion, but my heart still aches when I drive home from work and know that I won’t be seeing his face when I open the door.
It brings me comfort and happiness to wear his likeness so close to my heart. Thank you for sharing your talent and skill with us... Athena
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
This is one of my favorite custom cameo necklaces. The portrait is of a much loved Mother and was a gift from her son to celebrate her 80th birthday. The cameo portrait is carved onto a white on pink-red layered Agate gemstone. The setting is in 14kt Yellow Gold. On the back of the gold necklace I hand engraved a personal message from her son, 'Nonna Siria Greco'.
Dear Gareth, I received the cameo yesterday and it's absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much, your talent is a beautiful gift and sharing with others is truly amazing. Sincerely Joseph.
I love carving portrait cameos of older people. There is so much character on their faces. Their personality really shows in their portrait photos. I used a special technique to enhance the carving. The face and background were given a satin finish. I polished her clothing and the pearls. This creates a wonderful contrast that really brings the portrait to life.
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. Thank you for carving not only a beautiful portrait but also the feeling behind the picture. I will be forever grateful…- by Paloma
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
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