"A gemstone is an emotional symbol of love, self, and success. Because it represents matters of the heart, it should speak to the heart. A gemstone should be crafted to the highest standards to radiate its own unique beauty and personality from within." This is the cutting philosophy that accomplished lapidary artist Richard Homer brings to his Concave Designer Gems™.
Richard is a singularly focused artist and one of the rare individuals who has chosen every career path to prepare himself as an artist, inventor, and craftsman to elicit the very best in each gemstone he cuts. A hobbyist since childhood, Richard started his professional career in 1974 cutting gems to pay his way through college and earning a degree in Geology from Kent State University in 1977.
After earning his Graduate Gemologist Diploma in Residence from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in 1979, Richard continued his career in the retail, wholesale, appraisal, and manufacturing arenas garnering a wealth of experiences and expertise. In 1984, he accepted a teaching position at GIA in both the Resident Colored Stones Program and the Jewelry Manufacturing Arts department. All of Richard’s experiences and qualifications have influenced his unique approach to gem cutting and his ongoing quest to create gem designs that speak to the soul.
"A man of few words, prize-winning cutter Richard Homer lets his gemstones speak for themselves. Optimizing color and light return is every gem cutter’s primary objective because that’s what consumers notice when they hold a stone in their hands. So when cutter Richard Homer proved he could ratchet up a gem’s brilliance by an average 100% in any standard shape through new techniques in cutting, the international gem world took notice. The foundations of faceting were shaken to the core. Lapidarists and other gem experts wondered just how he did it", reports Robert Weldon of Professional Jeweler Magazine.
and officer of Gem Artists of North America, (GANA) , Richard is
recognized as a pioneer of the concave-cutting technique. As an award-winning
artist, Richard Homer of Kent, Ohio, radically curves and cups facets
along the pavilion, girdle, and table of traditionally shaped gemstones
to make them explode with light and color.
Richard Homer can be contacted by calling 330.673.0071, or by email at email@example.com