Gemstone carvings have been known for almost sixthousand years and wether it has been a simple roll-seal or a precious rock-crystal bowl, they have always been the expression of their time and the ability of thr artist. For more than 50 years the Pauly family belongs to the modern artists of the traditional craft and has always presented gemstone engraving in its utmost perfection. Like some famous masters of former decades tried to renew their way of art Erwin Pauly developed the so called ”Free Form Cameos” in the mid of the seventies. As a real innovation the number of collectors for this kind of art increases steadily all over the world. Braslian layer agate, a wonderful basic material to realize creative concepts, ist mostly used in his atelier, but Free Form an Tradtional Cameos can also be carried out in any desired precious stone.