Memory Cameo of a beloved 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. Now I will have the opportunity to have her with me always in my heart.

Thank you for carving not only a beautiful portrait but also the feeling behind the picture. I will be forever grateful…”- by Paloma

I was asked by the daughter to design a Cameo necklace with a portrait of a much loved mother who had recently ‘passed’.

We selected a portrait of the mother that was taken when she was a young adult. The portrait was a lovely sepia brown and I suggested a white on brown gemstone cameo.  I find that this color is perfect for older portrait photos.

The cameo was carved onto a white on brown layered Agate gemstone. I set this in a Silver setting. I engraved a message on the side of the frame. The cameo was a great success, the daughter loves her cameo and sent me a touching letter in Spanish and with an English translation.

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 heart for your 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

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