The story of the Custom Diamond, Emerald, Pearl, Gold, Platinum Jewelry for Lady Diana Gibson-Watt.

Lady Diana Gibson-Watt was my first significant client. I first met her in 1985, when I was 25. Her generosity really helped me to establish my reputation as a jewelry designer. I made many fine jewels for Lady Diana Gibson-Watt…

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Lady Diana Gibson-Watt was my first significant client. I first met her in 1985, when I was 25. Her generosity really helped me to establish my reputation as a jewelry designer. I made many fine jewels for Lady Diana Gibson-Watt over many years. Some of them are shown here.

Dress ring in Platinum and Yellow Gold. Set with three Colombian Emeralds, two unusual Shield cut Diamonds with 7 sides. In the Lady Diana Gibson-Watt collection.

An Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Brooch Pin from the 1920s. I designed a Yellow and Red Gold frame to set the pin inside. The graduated Natural pearl necklace transformed this into a pearl collar with a Diamond bow tie. Her ladyship loved to wear this jewel.

Custom Design Process
The design interview is where Gareth acts like a detective. He searches to discover his customer’s sense of style, learn their story, and with cameo portraits, the story of who is in the portrait photos.

This can be done via phone, email, or Skype video chats. Design sketches are shared, feedback is considered and final design proposals are submitted.

Gareth likes to visit customers in their homes, if possible. He will sketch design ideas in front of the customer, find out their wishes, and discuss their options.

Repurpose Your Existing Jewelry

Consider having a special jewel using your own gemstones. Diamonds and gems from existing jewelry can be re-imagined into new jewelry designs. The Pink diamond and carved pink gemstone necklace and brooch pin are a fine example of this.

Gareth’s skills as an award-winning goldsmith, gemstone carver and engraver can create very striking ‘one of a kind’ jewelry

Lady Diana asked me to create a jewelry suite from Lapis lazuli gemstones and natural pearls. I designed a pendant with a pearl enhancer in 18kt yellow gold to fit over the pearl necklace. The central Lapis is encircled by fully drilled pearls on gold pegs with gold between. The drop earrings match the pendant.

Custom Design, Made to Order, High Jewelry by Gareth Eckley at portraitcameos.com

High Jewelry does not compromise on quality. The finest materials and techniques are used to create signature jewels.

Gareth has designed and made bespoke jewelry for individuals for 30 years. His signature style is to make a gemstone carving, the ‘hero’ of the jewel. The best work is made in 18Kt Gold or Platinum. Designs can often be enhanced with Diamonds and Gemstone accents.

Custom Design Process
The design interview is where Gareth acts like a detective. He searches to discover his customer’s sense of style, learn their story, and with cameo portraits, the story of who is in the portrait photos.

This can be done via phone, email, or Skype video chats. Design sketches are shared, feedback is considered and final design proposals are submitted.

Gareth likes to visit customers in their homes, if possible. He will sketch design ideas in front of the customer, find out their wishes, and discuss their options.

Repurpose Your Existing Jewelry

Consider having a special jewel using your own gemstones. Diamonds and gems from existing jewelry can be re-imagined into new jewelry designs. The Pink diamond and carved pink gemstone necklace and brooch pin are a fine example of this.

Gareth’s skills as an award-winning goldsmith, gemstone carver and engraver can create very striking ‘one of a kind’ jewelry.

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