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
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
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
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.