Announcement Imagination born in metal and stone.
Imagination born in metal and stone.
Jacob on Dec 17, 20215 out of 5 stars
Got this for my wedding. The color is lovely and so clear, and catches the light in understated ways. Clasp seems of good quality, too. Overall, extremely happy.
blynndrury on Dec 14, 20215 out of 5 stars
This is stunning! Absolutely beautiful. I’m giving this to my husband for our 40th (Ruby) anniversary. I’m so happy I bought this.
Rebecca on Jul 23, 20215 out of 5 stars
The pin is absolutely stunning! I bought it as a gift for my fiance on our wedding day and I can't wait to give it to him. When I contacted Mat with a question about shipping he was quick to respond and very helpful. Delivery times were good even to the UK. All round fantastic experience!
Nemo on Jun 9, 20215 out of 5 stars
Really good cut. Shows the color real well. Wasn’t expecting the bale to be so small but I was inconsiderate and paid no attention to it so that was my fault. But a great piece all together.
I'm a dwarf trapped in a 6'4" body.
One of my grandfather's did a lot of lapidary work, the other came from a long line of blacksmiths. Neither of these things really registered with me in a significant way until about 5 years ago. Reading a science magazine I came across an article on how we were able to grow rubies by taking the materials that ruby is made up of and basically getting a furnace hot enough to melt them into stone. So after poking around on the internet I found somebody selling them and bought a few for curiosities sake. As soon as I got my first few I was hooked. My dwarven DNA said I needed more, and different stones too! About 3 orders later my brain kicked in and said, "Mat you're spending a lot of money on pretty things to look at that you don't even look at that often since you keep it in a locked chest in the back of a cave guarded by 3 troglodytes."
It didn't take long to wrestle my artistic and creative drive in that direction and figured that if I started making things with them it would be good justification to acquire more. With what little I was able to sell I was able to take a class buys some tools, and start to collect lapidary supplies.(Pretty expensive stuff and my family sold off my grandfather's equipment when he passed.) I found better suppliers and have been increasing production ever since. Very soon I'll be listing some stones that I tumbled set in silver, and I hope to expand into leather work, and gold soon.
J. Mathew Riggs
When I was young I read through my grandpappy's lapidary magazines and saw that scientists could actually melt the materials to make ruby. When I got a bit older, and some extra money I bought some rubies that were the size of my thumb. I was hooked.
Silver supplier From KC gem and mineral show.
Kansas City, MO
Supplies purchased at trade show to go with my pendants.
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