Mark loves sourcing gemstones for clients, but it’s really exciting when a client brings in their own uncut stone.
This stone was sourced by clients whilst they were on holiday in Australia. They brought the uncut stone into Mark to discuss ideas as to what they could do with it. After consultation with Mark they decided to entrust their uncut stone to him.
Mark knew exactly who he wanted to cut this gorgeous raw sapphire – Rich Dover. Rich skillfully faceted the uncut stone to bring out its hidden beauty. Then Mark used his magic to turn Rich’s beautiful sapphire into the gorgeous 18ct yellow gold and platinum trilogy ring you see below.
MORE ABOUT RICH DOVER
You may remember Mark used Rich for the Sunstone Ring he created earlier this year, posted on an earlier blog.
Not only is Rich an amazing gem cutter (lapidarist) and an expert in his field but he has a very inspiring story to tell.
Rich had a very active life, which included kayaking and climbing mountains, before being struck down with multiple sclerosis and spinal disk perforations which severely curtailed his mobility. But rather than bemoan his `lot’ he made the decision that he wasn’t going to let his lack of mobility stop him from doing more with his life. He sought a hobby which wasn’t limited by his mobility, but which also stimulated his mind.
His experience as a graphic designer and his work in the printing industry, cutting in film, gave him meticulous skills which easily transferred to cutting facets into precious gems and shaping cabochon stones.
Eventually he developed a network of ethical sources for rough stones. At first he only sold a few finished pieces to finance the materials to enable him continue his hobby. He opened an online community on Facebook to compare notes with other gem cutters.
He called it My Precious Gems. It continues to be a thriving active group. The group attracted a range of hobbyists and professionals, who soon passed on the word about the fine quality of the stones Rich sold. He continues to deal only in ethically sourced stones and refuses to work with inferior quality materials.
His Facebook community continues to thrive, and his business has also now expanded into a website.
What was intended to be a hobby to occupy a disabled man has grown into a profitable business.
Find out more about Rich and his business by clicking this link.
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Award-winning Jewellery Designer Mark Lloyd has created many pieces of stunning jewellery and diamond rings. His reputation as being ‘the jeweller to go to when it comes to bespoke jewellery designs’ is spreading internationally. As well as booming on line sales, .people drive from all over the uk for an appointment with ‘Mark Lloyd’.
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