Tag: tucson gem show

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…

Hendrik Hackl: art from ammonite

Hendrik Hackle gold ring

Ammonites are more than the raw material and focal point of Hendrik Hackl’s art. You might say they’re his muse. Hackl is an artist based in Mannheim, Germany, who makes jewelry and sculpture out of – or inspired by –…