How long have you been doing what you do and how did you get into it?
I have been cutting gemstones for the last 3 years. Always have had an interest in jewelry on account of my mother.
Tell us a bit about your workspace
My workspace is in my living room. The only down side to that is I am always looking over at projects that I just need to leave alone.
Favorite tool(s) / materials?
I love to cut garnets, tourmalines and zircons.
What has been the craziest / most exciting / eccentric piece you have made so far (custom or otherwise)?
The most exciting piece I’ve had the pleasure of making was a 6.15ct Nigerian Phenakite that was set into 18k gold. The ring is going to be published in a new book about exotic gems.
Do you have a favorite piece you made?
My favorite is a 9.5ct Garnet from Madagascar. It has 160 facets on it and the color is best described as sultry.
What do you enjoy most about your line of work?
The people that you meet in this trade. Most folks are genuine and very nice.
What is a recurring theme you like to explore in your work?
Do you have any horror stories you’d like to share with us?
Working with natural materials, there is always a chance of something breaking on you. The worst is when you’ve been putting in 6 hours on a stone just to have it crack in half…
Can you take us through the faceting process?