Category: Hot Rocks

Rock star: gem artist and diamond counterfeiter John Hatleberg

Moldavite brooch by John Hatleberg copy

John Hatleberg has done just about everything imaginable with rare gems: pasting them on naked women, making vegetables out of pearls, counterfeiting diamonds. When I first met him in the nineties, he was known for turning precious material into objects…

Inspired by nature: Bruce Hartman

Pendant of carnelian, granules and diamonds, carved and fabricated by Bruce Hartman, finalist in the 2015 Niche Awards

Nature themes in jewelry date to ancient times, and the earliest jewelry known to man was made of found organic material. Nature is our original ornament and primary inspiration, but its influence on design is constantly morphing. Lately, jewelry artists…

Opal fever on the Loupe

Oregon crystal opal of 117 carats with botryoidal agate inclusions (private collection)

What would you guess is the most popular gem on The Jewelry Loupe? Diamond, emerald, sapphire? Nope. Opal, according to my blog stats. Could it be I’m stacking the deck? It’s possible. Opal is the birthstone of October babies, which…