Pet Portrait of a beloved ‘Sheltie’. My customer wanted me to make a cameo that showed the coloring of the dog. To do this I had to create a complex inlay. I actually carved a cameo in a reversed stone with a brown on white layered Agate. I then cut away the central area to inlay the white onyx.
“Thank you for the compliments about ‘Echo’. She was the life of the house. Both sides of the cameo are just beautiful, the engraving is amazing…C.H.”
A blue background was desired. The only way to do this was to grind away the natural white layer. I was then left with a 2mm thin cameo. I bonded this onto a blue gemstone. The last detail was to inlay black agate eyes and nose.
A Diamond is set as an accent above the cameo. This project took twice the time of a regular cameo carving and was a great success.