“Every block of stone has a statue inside of it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”
Michelangelo’s precept has long served as one of Roger’s guiding principles. The majority of the world’s modern gem cutters work from published diagrams, using standardized plans to fashion serviceable gems from the rough they’re provided. Roger’s approach to gem faceting is tailored to the individual gem’s needs and optimizing the gem’s potential beauty.
The carefully calculated angles of every facet on a gem has a specific purpose: to maximize the amount of light that travels through the stone. Roger’s commitment to excellence in polishing results in perfectly flat facets, revealing the gem’s natural beauty as well as the artistry of the design.
Gemstones are an unforgiving medium: you can’t erase a mistake and start over. Even the smallest variation is visible. Roger must be accurate to a fraction of a millimeter – roughly the thickness of a human hair.
Roger’s commitment to creating a design unique for each gemstone to maximize all possible beauty is a labor of love. Each gem type has its own unique characteristics and scientific specifications that require special attention, making gem faceting truly a marriage of art and science. The result is boldly beautiful and eminently wearable: the pinnacle of the gem cutter’s art.
Over the past 20+ years, Roger has created a few designs he continues to return to over and over again. As you explore the collection, you’ll find them named “signature” cuts.
Explore the Journey of a Gemstone