Are you ready to embark on a journey through the enchanting world of gemstones, artistry, and replicas that bring history to life? In this throw-back interview from NYCJW21, Bella Neyman sits down with the extraordinary gem cutter and artist, John Hatleberg. Together, they explore John’s deep passion for creating stunning gems and the enchanting (and sometimes hilarious) tales concealed within them.

Malachite Vagina and Amethyst Stalagmite Penis. Photo c/o John Bigelow Taylor and Dianne Dubler

The Spark of Passion Ignites: Early Beginnings

John’s story takes us to his earlier days, where his fascination with gems and minerals first began. His parents played a pivotal role in nurturing his interest, allowing him to explore the world of gem cutting, starting with cabochons and eventually mastering the art of faceting. The support of his parents and family provided the foundation for his extraordinary journey.

From Stones to Legends: Creating Iconic Replicas

The conversation soon delves into John’s incredible journey to recreate iconic diamonds like The Hope Diamond, The Tavernier, and The French Blue. These replicas are more than just gems – they are painstakingly crafted works of art. John’s process involves creating molds, resin casts, and meticulously matching the colors to the originals, ensuring that each replica captures the essence of its iconic counterpart.

Tavernier Diamond, French Blue Diamond and Hope Diamond replicas. Photo c/o John Bigelow Taylor and Dianne Dubler

A Symphony of Beauty and Significance

John’s passion lies not only in the visual beauty of these gems but also in their ability to carry profound meaning. He articulates that gems are perfectly designed containers of significance, capable of embodying emotions and stories. His desire to touch and recreate these gems is a testament to his dedication and admiration for their allure.

Unlocking the Power of Adornment: Jewelry as Expression

The conversation takes an intriguing turn as Bella and John discuss the allure of jewelry. Adorning oneself with jewels has historically been a way to enhance attractiveness and elevate social status. Images of individuals adorned with elaborate jewelry further highlight the enchanting power of these precious stones.

Kryptonite Ring. Photo c/o John Bigelow Taylor and Dianne Dubler

The Heart of Creativity: John’s Studio Cutting Table

A fascinating glimpse into John’s creative space reveals his epicenter of artistry – a 350-year-old baldacchino featuring an Egyptian head. This studio cutting table serves as the birthplace of his masterpieces, where gems come to life under his skillful hands.

An Invitation to Dive Deeper: Watch the Interview

Are you intrigued by the world of gem cutting and the stories held within these exquisite stones? To fully experience the magic of this conversation, we invite you to watch the recorded interview on our YouTube channel.

Join us as we explore the boundless world of gems, art, and history in this captivating conversation with John Hatleberg. Discover the secrets behind crafting replicas that echo the past while embodying the present. From family portraits embedded in gemstones to the legacy of iconic diamonds, this interview promises to be a feast for the eyes and the imagination. Don’t miss out, watch the program now!