VIDEO: Cutting a gem
Exploring an intersection of art and science
Hannah Newman and Claire Maldarelli • February 24, 2014
How do you take something that is already beautiful and make it even more so? Master gem cutter Jerrold Green combines artistry with the scientific process. Mentored by the world-renowned Reginald C. Miller, Green’s decades of experience make him one of the world’s most respected lapidaries. Using the stones’ inlaid foundation as his roadmap, Green meticulously cuts and polishes gems to reveal their inner beauty. In this short movie, we see Green’s undeniable passion and perseverance drive his craft as he transforms a blue sapphire to reveal its true potential as a magnificent work of art.