Upcoming Events

June 20, 2019 - London, England, Gem-A - "A Brief History..."

Sept 2019 - Bangkok, Thailand, Institute of Gem Trading at Bangkok Show, "History of Gem Cutting in Sri Lanka"

Sept 2019 - Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, "Renaissance Jewelry and Gem Cutting"

October 12-15, 2019 - Bangkok, Thailand, ICA Congress - "A Brief History..."


Lecture Title
A Brief History of Colored Gemstone Faceting

Justin K Prim, author and faceting instructor in Bangkok, explores the history of colored gemstone cutting in Europe. Beginning in the 1300's and taking us oqn a visual journey through history to modern times, the presentation includes many images and videos showing faceted stones in jewelry at various points throughout history and also discusses the development of techniques and machinery through the ages. We will look at the the evolution of the gem cutting craft as it has been influenced by the artistic and technological trends of the times from Renaissance to Victorian to the Modern Era, from table cut to concave faceting. Along the way, we will follow the journey of the European faceting machine as it migrates and evolves from country to country before heading overseas and changing the jewelry production world in the process.

Past Talks:

June 15, 2019 - Bristol Lapidary Society, Bristol, England - "A Brief History..."
May 23, 2019 - Society of Jewellery Historians, London - "A Brief History..."
May 17, 2019 - UK Facet Cutters Guild, Market Rasan, England - "A Brief History..." 
Feb 23, 2019
- Inhorgenta Gem Forum, Munich, Germany - "Lapidary Medicine and it's influence on Gemstone Cutting Technology"
Dec 17, 2018
- National Museum, Prague - "A Brief History..."
Sept 17, 2018
DANAT Booth, Hong Kong Jewelery and Gem Show, - "A Brief History..."
June 27, 2018,
GIA's 108th Gemstone Gathering, Bangkok Thailand - "A Brief History..."
Feb 3rd, 2018
, AGTA Show, Tucson Gem Show, Tucson, Arizona - "A Brief History..."