Gemstone Options

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

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White on Blue Cameo Gemstone

White on wedge-wood blue Agate Cameo

Wedge-wood blue Agate Cameo

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White on Green Cameo


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White on Pink Cameo

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White on Red Cameo no Halo

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White on Red Cameo with Halo


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White on Black Cameo Stone

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White on Grey Natural Layered Agate

White on Brown Layered Agate Cameo

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

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3 Layer Cameo of a Dog with Inlaid Stones

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3 layer Agate Pet Portrait Cameo

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Brown on White Cameo Carving of Pet


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Cameo Portrait of an Imam

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3 Layered Agate Portrait of Grace Kelly

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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

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Grey Agate Cameo Gemstone

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Black Onyx Cameo Stone

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Carnelian Cameo Portrait Stone


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Red Jasper Antique Cameo

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Lapis Lazuli Cameo Portrait

Blood-stone Antique Cameo

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.

Translucent Gemstones

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Antique Moonstone Cameo Brooch

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Rock Crystal Antique Cameo Stone

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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.


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