Tag: gems

Rock stars: Sherris Cottier Shank

Waterfall Suite of aquamarine, 1.5" to 2.5", 1994, by Sherris Cottier Shank

Sherris Cottier Shank has always been fascinated by moving water, particularly waterfalls and streams. She spent years studying and photographing water in natural settings before attempting to portray it in gemstone. No cutter alive can transform stone into water like…

Rock stars: pioneer Bernd Munsteiner

Dom Pedro aquamarine of 10.363 carats carved by Bernd Munsteiner was unveiled on Dec. 6, 2012 (Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History)

World’s largest aquamarine carving, the 10.363-carat Dom Pedro, goes on display Thursday at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. It’s no surprise to find the carver chosen to sculpt this 14-inch obelisk was Bernd Munsteiner. Those familiar with…