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Richard Homer

Richard considers his most noteworthy skill his creativity in new design, which often requires new cutting techniques and procedures, that in turn require specialized tools he creates to suit his needs. In fact, Richard specifically allocates eight hours a week to engage his mind in creative tooling and its applications to new gem designs, allowing him to stay on the cutting edge of lapidary art. Out of this penchant for experimentation, Richard became one of the original pioneers of the unique American lapidary art form which became known as concave faceting. He brought the first concave faceted gem art to the attention of the jewelry industry at the 1990 AGTA gem show in Tucson.”

He enjoys working with a range of gems from Amblygonite to Zoisite, each one of which he knows inside and out, allowing him to recognize a good piece of rough and how to get the best out of it. “He can make average material beautiful and rare or wonderful material downright stunning”, asserts David Zoltan of David Zoltan Designs in Austin, Texas. A belief validated by Richard’s having won a total of 27 Cutting Edge, Gemmys, and Spectrum Awards as well as having collaboratively won Best of Show in the Saul Bell Awards, over 100 regional and national JA awards, and most recently a finished piece acquired by The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

He has also set records cutting one of the world’s largest gemstones; the 20,769ct Adiël Topaz and some of the rarest, including Tashmarine, Kyanite, and Paraiba Tourmaline.

 

Richard Homer

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