MY STORY & PHILOSOPHY

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I am an independent Gemstone Cutter & Dealer in fine polished & uncut gemstones. 

 

As a child in Zimbabwe I played with rough and polished gemstones in my father’s cutting works where I went on to learn my trade as a lapidaries.

 

It was there that I acquired my DEEP LOVE & PASSION for gemstones. 

 

Over the last 48 years since qualifying as a lapidarist, I have been lucky to have cut most types of gemstones and to have travelled extensively to gemstone producing areas in Africa, The Far East, South America & Pakistan.  

SOUTH OF GILGIT PAKISTAN
PASS SOUTH OF GILGIT PAKISTAN
BROKERS & MYSELF OUTSIDE THE GILGIT HOTL
MOUNTAINOUS REGION OF SWAT PAKISTAN
EMERALD ROUGH FROM SWAT PAKISTAN
18CT & PLATINUM 6ct EMERALD & DIAMOND RING

     "Without the rough gemstones, miners, brokers & dealers my business wouldn't                    exist!"

SAVANNA PLAINS OF AFRICA
TAILINGS ON THE RIM OF THE MINE
MINERS DIGGING FOR GEMSTONES
FABULOUS ROUGH CONGO TORMALINE.
AQUAMARINE FROM North Africa
18CT GOLD & AQUAMARINE RING

The gemstone cutting & polishing industry has seen some dramatic changes in style over the last quarter of a century. 

 

Since moving to the UK in 2006 &  setting up my cutting works, I have had to adjust my cutting style to accommodate some of these changes.

 

BUT I have always stuck to my golden rule when cutting: "quantity doesn't always result in quality". 

 

So, when I select a piece of rough gemstone, I look for the “best” stone that I can create from it. Best that is, in terms of brilliance & colour rather than maximum weight.

 

Cutting for maximum weight can often distort the shape of the stone & may not give the best scintillation.  

For that reason, the most important thing for me, is the cut of a gemstone i.e. how it is cut in order to produce the finest scintillation

Only when the "HEART & SOUL" are allowed to shine through, can the beauty of the stone be appreciated.

 

I want the gemstone to have a scintillation & intensity of colour that will startle all who see it.

 

The before & after pictures below illustrate this well.