Cameo Stories that really moved me

I receive incredible feedback from my customers.  A custom jewel with a portrait of a loved one is so personal.  Here are some of my favorite stories from the last 21 years.

Sympathy Cameo Pendant of a Mother

When I was given your cameo, I immediately recognized my mother and burst into tears…What a beautiful Cameo ! It took me around 30 minutes to be able to talk again and I could only manage to say that she was beautiful and now she will be with me forever. Thank you for carving not only a beautiful portrait but also the feeling behind the picture. I will be forever grateful…- by Paloma

white-brown-gemstone-cameo-pendant_I was asked to design a Cameo necklace with a portrait of a much loved mother who had recently ‘passed’.

This was to be a gift for the daughter. We selected a portrait of the mother that was taken when she was a young adult.

The cameo was carved onto a white on brown layered Agate gemstone. I set this in a Silver setting.  The finished cameo was delivered to New York from my studio in Canada.

Paloma M. August 2013

This is the Spanish version of my thank you note , I also attach the English version, please feel free to use this testimonial as you need

Buenos dias Sr. Eckley

Ayer recibi uno de sus Cameos, este cameo tiene la escultura de mi mama, la cual fallecio en agosto 24 del 2000.

Esta pieza fue ordenada por Laura Garza algunos meses atras por motivo de mi cumpleanos 

Cuando vi esta pieza, inmediatamente reconoci a mi mama y no pude evitar romper en llanto…!que hermoso cameo!  Me tomo alrededor de 30 minutos poder articular palabra alguna y lo unico que pude decir fue; Ella era hermosa y ahora estara conmigo siempre. 

Ahora tendre la oportunidad de tenerla siempre en mi corazon, como lo dice la inscripcion.

La foto que usted uso para este cameo es mi foto favorita, una vieja fotografia de estudio a blanco y negro, y es mi favorita porque se puede percibir el amor en sus ojos, su sonrisa pacificadora y su belleza tal cual como cuando ella vivia.

Sr. Eckley, observando esta pieza de arte me doy cuenta que usted tambien percibio esto. Desde el fondo de mi corazon le agradezco la dedicacion en este asombroso cameo. Gracias por no solo  esculpir un hermoso retrato pero los sentimientos detras de la fotografia tambien. 

Es, nuevamente con lagrimas en los ojos que le escribo este email…

Estare eternamente agradecida

Paloma Melendrez 

Yesterday  I received one of your Cameos (I attached the photo) , this cameo has the sculpture of my mom who died on August 24, 2000

this piece was order by Laura Garza, some months ago as a birthday present (yesterday was my birthday)

 When I saw the piece, I imediately recognized my mother and burst into tears…what a beautiful Cameo! it took me around 30 minutes to be able to talk again and I only could manage to say: she was beautiful and now she will be with me forever.

 Now I will have the opportunity to have her with me always in my hearth as the inscription say.

 The photo you use for this cameo is my favorite photo, and old black and white studio photo, and I like it because you can perceive her loving eyes, peaceful smile and beauty as she was when she was alive.

 Gareth, by seeing this piece of art I can tell that you perceived this too. Thank you from  the bottom of my hearth for the dedication in this outstanding Cameo. Thank you for carving not only a beautiful portrait but also the feelings behind the picture.

 Is, again with tears in my eyes, that I am writing this email to you…

I will be forever grateful

     Paloma Melendrez

Filosofia, Psicologia y Letras

A Gift for Grandma, her Grand-children in Gemstone

Cameo-pendant-of-two-daughters set in 18kt white goldThe cameo just arrived. It’s is BEYOND what we expected!!! We are so in awe of your work and our treasure. Thanks so much for the book as well!

Your work is truly magnificent. I know that I have said it before, but you are a truly gifted artist and it’s my pleasure knowing you. We plan to work with you again soon.

My mother was floored! She cried in a way that I have only seen her about jewelry since my father gave her gifts when he was alive. She was so touched and I heard that she has worn it every day since we gave it to her. She apparently is just taking walks so that she can show it off. She is planning on buying a glass encasement so that when she is not wearing it she can display it. She said it is her most valuable piece and she’s a huge jewelry collector since she began working in her 20s.

She has wanted this piece since my girls were born and she told me that she was even investigating who could do a cameo for her, but she said nothing she saw was even remotely close to this. It was everything we hoped for and more. Thank you for letting us have this moment with her!

Thank you again for everything and wishing you the best!

We appreciate your artistic gift and are thrilled have this amazing piece in our life…Lisa – New York

A Gift for Grandma of Her Grandchildren


I just wanted to let you know that I picked up the cameo yesterday.  It happened to be delivered while we were away.

What can I say – words can’t describe how much I love it.  It is so much more detailed then the pictures show.  I have to say I agree with your wife – to me it is the best you have ever done in my eyes !! I am so thrilled I found your web site and took the chance to have you carve the most precious things in my life –  my grandchildren.  I will certainly show this to everyone I know and highly recommend you to everyone.  I will be proudly wearing this on mothers day for everyone to see.

I am so excited that my cameo is on it’s way.  I am not good with words but the piece is so overwhelming.  It really came out great and I can’t wait to see it in person (as you probably have already noted by the number of emails I have sent to you). I absolutely love it.  The detail is incredable right down to the flowers on Evie’s dress!  Their two little noses are identical – just as they are in real life !  I am so glad that I found you –  this will truly be my most absolute cherished piece in my collection.

I thank you again and again…Linda M. Rhode Island

Silent Angel – A Portrait of a Girl with Rhett Syndrome

IT IS BEAUTIFUL-thank you for making my day!!!!! My Daughter Will love IT.. We all loved it and I’m really happy I was able to see expression on my daughters face when I gave her this precious gift…Judy, San FranciscoRetts-Angels-Color

An amazing story. This cameo took 1 year from the order to when it was delivered. This was because the customer became very ill with Cancer. She asked me to wait, while she had her course of Chemo. I wished her luck and waited for 6 months before she had the all clear and I could finish her order.

Here is some of our design talk. We had an interesting journey in creating this special cameo.

Photo will be of my granddaughter who has Rhett Syndrome, a very rare genetic disorder-she is in a wheelchair and is non verbal and has no use of her hands. I want to give this to my daughter from my grand-daughter

As part of my research, I have just watched the documentary narrated by Julia Roberts, very moving and very interesting. I like the term “Silent Angel”, this seems appropriate.

I would consider altering her teeth slightly. I would make them appear smaller and eliminate the gap between them.

I am often asked to alter teeth. I do may carvings of young children whose teeth are very uneven as they may have lost their baby teeth and have some larger adult teeth showing. Maggie has a lovely look in both photos and for best results her smile should be more subtle. I would love your feedback.

I like the first photo too-I’m not going to have you alter the teeth as this is what her teeth will always look like because of her condition. I think Michelle would want it authentic. look forward to hearing from you for placement of order thx j


A Mother’s Gift to Herself, Her Son’s Gemstone Portrait

Just a quick note to let you know I received the pendant! It’s beautiful and an incredible likeness!

I was impressed and touched – and that’s not counting Brian pulling on my pants and shouting “up, mama” repeatedly. 🙂 I’m looking forward to opening up my impressive Christmas present again tomorrow morning over a leisurely cup of coffee while son and husband bond over pancakes.

Please do call tomorrow when you have a moment and I can thank you again in person…Suzanne. San Jose

young-boy-cameo-grdWagner-cameo-pic3-BMy 2 year old son Brian is the love of my life. He’s got a great sense of humor with an adorable smile and a twinkle in his eye. I’m looking for the ideal momento of his childhood to keep with me as he grows. Thanks!

Cameo Necklace of a Newborn Baby


Thank you so much for the cameo.  

My wife loves it!  I think it took her a moment to realize what it was, but, once she did, she started to tear up.

 She wore it on Christmas Day and said, “I love my cameo; I don’t ever want to take it off.”  And she has worn it every day since.

From my end, it was a pleasure working with you and watching this creation come to fruition.  You are a truly talented artisan.

Thank you again.  Happy New Year!  Charles, C

We would be happy to allow you to use photos of the cameo and excerpts from my email. Feel free to identify me as “Charles C.”


A Cameo Necklace for a Mother

Yvonne is really happy with it, photos as you say, do not do proper justice to your fine work. 

We are attending a few post-Christmas functions this weekend and there will be many oohhhs and aahhs!

 Her Chinese name is Nan, Jun Zhi (Nan being the last name, Jun Zhi  We kept it as her middle name: “Colleen Junzhi” ..Matt, California

I engraved “I love mommy and ice cream” on the setting.  Imagine when people look closer to examine the cameo. They are going to smile at the message – your wife will like it too !



Portrait Cameo of Sister and Brother for Their Mother

cameo-brother-sister-lgWe got the cameo. My wife absolutely loved it. It’s very beautifully done, thank you. Well worth the price.

By the way, we posted a pic on Facebook and everyone wanted to know who did it. We may end up scaring you up some business! Andrew, Dallas

Cameo Locket for Sisters to Honor Their Parents

I am amazed at how fluently you can translate your artistry into words! I am usually challenged at ideas and only actually understand when I see a picture, but with the fluidity of how you translate your mind into words, I can almost touch your creation! I am so pleased already! Thank you!

What an exceptional interpretation of the maple leaf you have done! When I see your work, I can only say, “This is only possible because God’s hands is on Gareth’s!”

Honored to be your friend-

Mary Ann

Thank you Gareth-

Mags-cameo-locket-open-grdI will look forward to your design. I am excited to show my sisters!

Thank you Gareth! I am not only a fan of your creativity, I am also your friend.

Mary Ann


I love your work. I have had your work in my folder for a long time now. My

mother is turning 100 and I like something special my sisters and I will

have of her. I like some quotes to send to my sisters so we can all order at

the same time! Thank you.

A Cameo With a Portrait of Their Sons For His Wife

cameo-two-young-brothers-grdThe cameo arrived today, and as many people have probably told you, I am speechless. It is just beautiful and one of the most amazing gifts that I have ever received.I have always loved cameos; but this is beyond description to me.

Thank you for your time and effort that went into creating such a beautiful piece of art.

My husband truly comes up with the best gifts. It is definitely a gift I will treaure always. I’ve already received numerous compliments on the cameo.

— M.C, Georgia.

A Gift for The Bride, a Cameo Jewel with Her Portrait


I gave the cameo to my wife last month as my wedding gift to her. She absolutely loves it, and so has everyone else who has seen it. The piece is absolutely beautiful, and your talent and hard work are evident when looking at it.

Thank you again for such an exquisite, lovely jewel. I hope all is well with you. I will certainly turn to you if I ever need another such jewel in the future.

Carlyle, South Carolina.

A Sympathy Cameo for Much Loved ‘Papi Viejo’

I am moved to tears on your passion for the work you do.  The attention and the importance that you gave to the piece is so overwhelming. Your talent and customer service goes beyond normal expectations, you literally make us feel as if you are part of the family and have experienced frist hand what Papi Viejo meant and continues to mean to us.

As an additional comment, it’s unbelievable how you can allow us to carry our beloved Papi Viejo with us to every special event. Seeing him on my moms favorite sweater or suit jacket makes us feel as if he is present. Thank you!!

 May God bless you, your talent, and your family!  Raquel, New York

A Special Gift From a Son to His Mother

white-red-cameo-grandma-grdThe Cameo arrived today. She is absolutely beautiful !!! I love it, thank you so much. I will be giving it to my mother tomorrow. The cameo was absolutely beautiful!! My mom cried when she saw it !! Thank you so much for making this Xmas spectacular !!

Thank you! I believe she is coming over from Jamaica when that picture was taken.  Pilar, New York