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 find that your portrait photos and our design chat often helps to select the best gemstone for your order.
Layered Agate Gemstones
White on Blue Cameo Gemstone
Wedge-wood blue Agate Cameo
White on Green Cameo
White on Pink Cameo
White on Red Cameo no Halo
White on Red Cameo with Halo
White on Black Cameo Stone
White on Grey Natural Layered Agate
White on Brown Agate
Most cameos are carved onto layered Agates with two layers. Skilled work can create amzing depth and character by using advanced shading techniques.
Complex Three Layer Cameo Gemstones Some with Inlay
3 Layer Cameo of a Dog with Inlaid Stones
3 layer Agate Pet Portrait Cameo
Brown on White Cameo Carving of Pet
Cameo Portrait of an Imam
3 Layered Agate Portrait of Grace Kelly
3 Layer Inlaid Cameo of a Baby
Three layer cameos are also available, these are usually black-white-black. Skilled carving can create shades of brown and grey to add realism. Complex Inlay can also be used to create striking effects. These are sometimes known as Commesso Cameos.
Solid Color Gemstones of One Color
Grey Agate Cameo Gemstone
Black Onyx Cameo Stone
Carnelian Cameo Portrait Stone
Red Jasper Antique Cameo
Lapis Lazuli Cameo Portrait
Blood-stone Antique Cameo
Solid color stones create a different effect. The color of the stone becomes a major part of the look. Some gemstones are not easily found in large sizes.
Antique Moonstone Cameo Brooch
Rock Crystal Antique Cameo Stone
Amethyst Antique Cameo Brooch
Cameos carved in these gemstones can look very beautiful. Cameo ring stones can be carved in a variety of gemstones. Larger sizes for necklaces can become expensive.