Justin K Prim, author and faceting instructor in Bangkok, explores the history of colored stone cutting in Europe. Beginning in the 1400's and taking us on a visual journey through modern times, the presentation includes many images and videos showing faceted stones in jewelry at various points throughout history and also discusses the development of techniques and machinery through the ages. We will look at the the evolution of the gem cutting craft as it has been influenced by the artistic and technological trends of the times from Renaissance to Victorian to the Modern Era, from table cut to concave faceting. Along the way, we will follow the journey of the European faceting machine as it migrates and evolves from Turnov, Bohemia to Idar-Oberstein, Germany and Jura, France.

Justin K Prim is an American lapidary and gemologist living and working in Bangkok, Thailand. He has studied gemcutting traditions all over the world as well as attending gemology programs at GIA and AIGS. He is currently working on a book about the worldwide history of gemstone faceting. He works as a Lapidary Instructor for the Institute of Gem Trading as well as writing articles, producing videos, and giving talks about gem cutting history.

Date of event: Monday 17. 12. 2018, 17.30/5:30 p.m., hall H, New building of the National Museum, street: Vinohradská 1, Praha 1
Contact: Lukáš Zahradníček (lukas_zahradnicek@nm.cz)