Customer Reviews

I receive incredible feedback from my customers. There is always surprise and delight with a Portrait Cameo. This is such an unexpected, personal and unusual gift idea. Often there are deeply emotional responses such as tears or being lost for words.

These reviews are shown with the blessing of their owners. Many reviews are not shown to respect privacy, especially with Sympathy cameos.

A Portrait Jewel of their Daughter for Christmas

★★★★★ Gemstone Portrait Necklace of a young daughter


Cameo Portrait Pendant-White on Green Agate set in Silver


Drawing by the Child Hand Engraved on Cameo Back


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 with a Google search, and after that, it was easy.

After an initial 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.

A Gift for Grandma, her Grand-children in Gemstone



Gemstone Cameo Portrait Jewel

Portrait Photo for Cameo

Portrait Photo for Cameo

The cameo just arrived. It is BEYOND what we expected!!! We are so in awe of your work and our treasure. Thanks so much for the book as well!

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

A Portrait Cameo of Grandma for His Mother

★★★★★ A Portrait Jewel For Mother’s 80th Birthday


Portrait Photo of ‘Nonna’ for Cameo

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Hand Carved Cameo Necklace Portrait of Grandmother

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.

Sympathy Cameo Pendant of a Mother



Sepia Portrait Photo of Her Mother


White on Brown Agate Portrait Jewel

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

I was asked to design a Cameo necklace with a portrait of a much loved mother who had recently ‘passed’. This was to be a gift for the daughter. We selected a portrait of the mother that was taken when she was a young adult.

The cameo was carved onto a white on brown layered Agate gemstone. I set this in a Silver setting. The finished cameo was delivered to New York from my studio in Canada.

Customer Feedback in Spanish and English

Paloma M. August 2013

This is the Spanish version of my thank you note , I also attach the English version, please feel free to use this testimonial as you need.

Spanish Testimonial

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

English Testimonial

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

Filosofia, Psicologia y Letras

Grandmothers Jewel of Her Grandchildren



Custom Cameo Portrait Two Grand-children


Photo of Two loved Grand-children

I just wanted to let you know that I picked up the cameo yesterday. It happened to be delivered while we were away.What can I say – words can’t describe how much I love it. It is so much more detailed then the pictures show. I have to say I agree with your wife – to me it is the best you have ever done in my eyes !! I am so thrilled I found your web site and took the chance to have you carve the most precious things in my life – my grandchildren. I will certainly show this to everyone I know and highly recommend you to everyone. I will be proudly wearing this on mothers day for everyone to see.

I am so excited that my cameo is on it’s way. I am not good with words but the piece is so overwhelming. It really came out great and I can’t wait to see it in person (as you probably have already noted by the number of emails I have sent to you). 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 absolute cherished piece in my collection.
I thank you again and again…Linda M. Rhode Island

This is one of my favorite portrait cameos. I fell in love with the portrait photo the moment that I first saw it. Evie was 3 years old and Jude was 9 months old.

I chose to polish the carving. I will often leave faces with a satin finish as this gives a soft, silky look. With this portrait, polishing just worked. There was a lot of detail on the clothing, and it took a long time to carve this.

The Setting was engraved with ‘Evie & Jude Grandma Loves You’. I created a Photo Book that documented the making of this cameo necklace.  This is a special service and is available on request.

A Gift from a Husband to His Wife

★★★★★ Cameo Necklace With Portrait of a Wife


Portrait Photo of a Much Loved Wife


Cameo Necklace Portrait of a Wife in Wedge-wood Blue Agate

I had tears in my eyes as she opened the package containing the cameo on Christmas Morning, 2017. She was shocked and speechless for several minutes, and finally said, “I didn’t know you could still get these!” She absolutely loves it and wears it proudly. When people notice that she is the subject of the cameo, it opens up a whole new opportunity for her to talk about it.

I found Gareth through an internet search, and I’m glad I did! From the beginning, he was very easy to work with and made suggestions to help me get a piece of jewelry she would really like. Once decided, he sent periodic photos to see the progress being made. I kept all the progress photos and showed my wife later, and she was fascinated with the process.

Gareth is indeed an artist, and I appreciate his work and attention to detail. He has created a family heirloom and I recommend him highly!

A Mother’s Gift to Herself, Her Son’s Gemstone Portrait



Cameo Jewel of a Beloved Son

Just a quick note to let you know I received the pendant! It’s beautiful and an incredible likeness!

I was impressed and touched – and that’s not counting Brian pulling on my pants and shouting “up, mama” repeatedly. 🙂

I’m looking forward to opening up my impressive Christmas present again tomorrow morning over a leisurely cup of coffee while son and husband bond over pancakes.

Please do call tomorrow when you have a moment and I can thank you again in person…Suzanne. San Jose

My 2 year old son Brian is the love of my life. He’s got a great sense of humor with an adorable smile and a twinkle in his eye. I’m looking for the ideal momento of his childhood to keep with me as he grows. Thanks!


A Cameo Necklace of their Newborn Baby for His Wife



Portrait Photo of Baby in Parents Hands


Gemstone Portrait of Baby in 3 layer Agate Gemstone

Thank you so much for the cameo. My wife loves it! I think it took her a moment to realize what it was, but, once she did, she started to tear up.

She wore it on Christmas Day and said, “I love my cameo; I don’t ever want to take it off.” And she has worn it every day since.

From my end, it was a pleasure working with you and watching this creation come to fruition. You are a truly talented artisan. Thank you again. Happy New Year! Charles, C

We would be happy to allow you to use photos of the cameo and excerpts from my email. Feel free to identify me as “Charles C.”

 A Cameo Necklace for a Mother


My wife is really happy with her gift, photos as you say, do not do proper justice to your fine work. We are attending a few post-Christmas functions this weekend and there will be many oohhhs and aahhs! Her Chinese name is Nan, Jun Zhi (Nan being the last name, Jun Zhi. We kept it as her middle name: “Colleen Junzhi”..Matt, California


Photo of a 3 Year Old Girl


White on Green Cameo Portrait Jewel

I engraved “I love mommy and ice cream” on the side of the setting. Imagine when people look closer to examine the cameo. They are going to smile at the message – your wife will like it too !

Cameo Locket for Sisters to Honor Their Parents



Sympathy Locket with Portrait Cameo

I am amazed at how fluently you can translate your artistry into words! I am usually challenged at ideas and only actually understand when I see a picture, but with the fluidity of how you translate your mind into words, I can almost touch your creation! I am so pleased already! Thank you!

When I see your work, I can only say, “This is only possible because God’s hands are on Gareth’s!” Honored to be your friend…Mary Ann

I will look forward to your design. I am excited to show my sisters! Thank you Gareth! I am not only a fan of your creativity, I am also your friend…I love your work.

I have had your work in my folder for a long time now. My mother is turning 100 and I like something special my sisters and I will have of her. I like some quotes to send to my sisters so we can all order at the same time! Thank you, Mary Ann.

A Sympathy Portrait Jewel for a Wife


I can report complete satisfaction with the Cameo and extremely happy with the result. A quality product from a craftsman, Thank you…” by Bill, Doha, Qatar.


Portrait Photo for a Cameo


Cameo of a Mother – June

This gift was to honor and cherish the memory of a recently departed Grandmother. I was asked to design a Cameo necklace as a gift from a husband to his wife. She had become great friends with ‘June’. The cameo is set in a Silver frame with an engraved personal message.

I carved this gemstone portrait cameo from a 1940’s photograph from when June was young and living in Australia. The photo was old and faded. I had to use my knowledge of portraiture to fill in the missing details of her face.

A Gift for The Bride, a Cameo Jewel with Her Portrait


I gave the cameo to my wife last month as my wedding gift to her. She absolutely loves it, and so has everyone else who has seen it.

The piece is absolutely beautiful, and your talent and hard work are evident when looking at it. Thank you again for such an exquisite, lovely jewel.

I will certainly turn to you if I ever need another such jewel in the future…Carlyle, South Carolina.


Photo of the Bride


Wedding Cameo Necklace a Gift For The Bride

A Sympathy Cameo for Much Loved ‘Papi Viejo’



Memory Cameo of Papi Viejo

We gave the cameo to my mom last Wednesday and she is still speechless. When she first opened the box she took a huge breath and began to cry. When my father asked her what the gift was she tried to tell him but was overwhelmed with emotions.

I am moved to tears on your passion for the work you do. The attention and the importance that you gave to the piece is so overwhelming.

Your talent and customer service goes beyond normal expectations, you literally make us feel as if you are part of the family and have experienced first hand what Papi Viejo meant and continues to mean to us.

As an additional comment, it’s unbelievable how you can allow us to carry our beloved Papi Viejo with us to every special event. Seeing him on my moms favorite sweater or suit jacket makes us feel as if he is present. Thank you!! May God bless you, your talent, and your family! Raquel, New York

The finished Cameo caused quite a sensation when it was delivered. The whole family were invited to the gift presentation. There was a very emotional response and there were many happy tears all round. I really love that I could honor their beloved ‘Papi Viejo’ and help to create such a happy occasion.

A Special Gift to a Mother


The Cameo arrived today. She is absolutely beautiful !!! I love it, thank you so much. I will be giving it to my mother tomorrow. The cameo was absolutely beautiful!! My mom cried when she saw it !! Thank you so much for making this Xmas spectacular !!

Thank you! I believe she is coming over from Jamaica when that picture was taken. Pilar, New York


Portrait Photo of a Mother


Sard-onyx Cameo of a Mother

Portrait Cameo of Sister and Brother for Their Mother


We got the cameo. My wife absolutely loved it. It’s very beautifully done, thank you. Well worth the price. By the way, we posted a pic on Facebook and everyone wanted to know who did it. We may end up scaring you up some business! Andrew, Dallas

Brother and Sister Portrait Photo

Brother and Sister Portrait Photo


Hand Carved Cameo of Brother and Sister

Gemstone Cameo Necklace with a Portrait of a Beloved Pet


My husband and I were overcome with joy when we received the beautiful cameo of our darling Bo. Gareth, you captured Bo’s alert and impish aspect utterly. He really stands out against the tonal blue in the background. 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.


Pet Portrait Photo of Bo


Pet Portrait Cameo Necklace of Bo

A cameo necklace with a portrait of a lovely Maltese dog called ‘Bo’. I always enjoy carving pet portraits. I love trying to capture the special character that every pet has. Bo has confident, cheeky look in her porttrait photo.

I carved the cameo from a three layer Layered Agate. Her eyes were carved from black Onyx and inlaid into the white Agate. The setting is 14 kt yellow Gold, with a 14kt yellow Gold Omega necklace chain.

See more examples on my Pet Portrait Cameo Jewellery page.

A Cameo With a Portrait of Their Sons For His Wife


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 a beautiful piece of art.

My husband truly comes up with the best gifts. It is definitely a gift I will treasure always. I’ve already received numerous compliments on the cameo…M.C Georgia.



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