Gareth David Eckley

I love the moment when the portrait comes to life before my eyes. I find it exciting to see the personality of the subject captured in gemstone. I feel that I invest a part of myself in every portrait that I create…Gareth

I really enjoy the collaborative process involved in portraiture. I work closely with my client to ensure that together we create an exceptional gemstone cameo portrait…Gareth

Award Winning Jewelry Designer and Gemstone Carver

I have won many accolades for my custom Jewelry design and gemstone carving. These include major national awards from prestigious national organisations. My award winning work was exhibited at Goldsmiths Hall, the British Design Centre, De Beers, The Victoria & Albert Museum and Olympia in London and at the Basle fair in Switzerland.

An International reputation for Excellence

Each portrait is hand carved from your photos by Gareth. Widely regarded as the finest portrait cameo artist in North America. Gareth also designs and makes the exquisite settings for every custom jewel.

Gareth has created custom jewels for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Prime Minister of Canada, a Crown Prince from the United Arab Emirates, a United States Senator, Lady Diana Gibson-Watt, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Lady Janice Mitchell and other clients throughout the World

A life devoted to creating beautiful jewelry

For the last 30 years I have been gemstone carving, hand engraving, carving family crests in gold and stone, gold-smithing and creating custom jewelry designs. I carved my first portrait cameo in 1997. I am celebrating my 21st year of creating Cameo Portraits in 2017.

My Story

Gemstones have fascinated me from an early age. I grew up on a Welsh farm in the United Kingdom. When I was 12, I was given a stone polishing machine. I spent many hours cutting and polishing gemstones. I experimented with simple carvings and loved the process of creating a sculpture from a stone.

I enrolled at an Art college that had the best jewelry course in the UK. Here I studied the skills of jewelry design, gold-smithing, hand-engraving, silversmithing and gemmology. I started my first business as a jewelry designer, when I was 24. I custom designed jewelry for customers throughout Britain.

I felt that I needed a new challenge and my new wife had friends in Canada. We visited Vancouver and fell in love with the city. We managed to move there in 1991. I found that my carving and hand engraving skills were rare in Canada. I was in high demmand to do custom work for the top jewellers in Vancouver and Western Canada in general.


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