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An Evening With John Hatleberg

Feb 24, 2015 11:01 AM   By Amber Michelle
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RAPAPORT...Gemstone connoisseurs were delighted by an evening salon hosted by noted gemstone cutter and expert John Hatleberg at his New York City studio, where he showed a group of gemstone enthusiasts some of his gem art and explained the properties of unique stones as well as the inspiration behind his work. 

Best known for cutting replicas of some of the most historic diamonds in the world, Hatleberg has worked closely with De Beers and the Smithsonian Institution, where he began as a gem cutter, along with some of today’s most notable dealers, to create accurate renditions of such famed diamonds as the Hope and the Koh-i-Noor.  

One part scientist, one part artist, he gave an in-depth explanation of the process that is used to make these replicas. In addition, he has created many works of art from gems, including a painting that recreates Van Gogh’s Irises using crushed gemstones as “paint” and sculptures that showcase gems.

Hatleberg also showed some colored gemstones that he has cut, while explaining the choices he made as a cutter to bring out the unique properties of each stone and to showcase the art of the lapidary. The evening was presented by the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A), as part of a series of events in the U.S. 
Tags: Amber Michelle, gem cutting, gem-a, gemstones, john hatleberg, lapidary
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