Sympathy gift for a mother a Memory Cameo portrait of ‘Papi Viejo’

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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.

She showed her cameo to her sisters and they all were overwhelmed with tears on how true the cameo was to Papi Viejo. Gareth, thank you so much for sharing your talent with us and for allowing us the opportunity to give my mom a gift that she’s worthy of.

Anticipate more orders from us in the future…R.C, New York.

This sympathy gift has to be one of my favorite projects. I was approached by a young woman to make a cameo of her grandfather, who was known in the family as Papi Viejo. I received many photos and eventually we selected one for the project. The sympathy cameo was to be a surprise gift for her mother.

 We chose to have the portrait carved onto a white and blue layered agate. The cameo was set into an 18kt white gold frame. I made this dual purpose so that it could be worn as a pendant or as a brooch pin. I supplied the 18kt white gold necklet chain.

I hand engraved a personal message onto the side of the cameo frame. The inscription reads No hay nada mas dificil que vivir sin ti”.

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.


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