My Cameo for the Queen of England
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was presented with the Cameo of Pocahontas, by Chief Bill Miles a descendant of the Indian princess Pocahontas. Gareth was asked by a US Senator to create this special cameo to honor the role that Pocahontas played in the survival of the English colonists at Jamestown, Virginia.
He set the layered agate gemstone portrait cameo of Pocahontas in Platinum and encircled it with natural pearls. The Queen was presented with the cameo, which was finished with rare fresh- water pearls fished from the Tennessee, after the Chief’s of the eight Virginian tribes had blessed it in a ceremony.
Gareth added: “In Elizabethan times they had quite a classical Roman or Greek style of carving and the image had been made to look quite cherubic. I felt that rather than make a straight reproduction I would alter the cameo to have a more Indian profile. My making the image more authentic was really appreciated by the Virginian Indian tribes.”