Welcome to "Raw Stones to Radiant Gems.org" ! A companion educational tool for Martin D. Fuller's upcoming lecture at the Smithsonian Ripley Center "Shaping Raw Stones into Radiant Gems'.
It is our tradition to supply our classes & seminars with a website for reference, research, interactive discussions, questions, answers and ongoing updates, as an addition to our live gatherings. Our goal is to encourage the study of gems & gemology and the exploration of the amazing collections here in Washington, DC kept at the Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Gem Gallery and more, as well as, the study of collections world wide.
From the famous Hope Diamond, to cut stones through out the ages, the Natural History Museum in Washington, DC offers and an extensive mineral collection of rough stones to brilliantly faceted jewels that will bedazzle your senses. Our mission in this five hour seminar will be to unlock the journey from shiny pebbles to significant stones and stone carving to the highest level of art in gemstones to jewels of the rich and famous, contemporary gem carving luminaries and more.
Your host on this upcoming journey is Martin D. Fuller. Martin is a passionate gem mentor for the gem arts, who loves entertaining and educating his audiences. Martin is professional in the field of gemology and the appraisal arts, Martin Fuller Appraisals has been in the same offices for over 25 years in Tyson's Corner in McLean, Virginia.
For those of you who are just meeting our lecturer and guide, here are some basics you may like to know; Martin D. Fuller, G.G. (GIA), C.S.M., A.S.A, is a Master Gemologist Appraiser & Lecturer, he is affiliated with the American Society of Appraisers & is Chair for the Board of Discipline for Gemology, Certified Senior Member, Gemology Institute of America & the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers and a consultant to the Smithsonian's National Gem Collection. He co-authored "American Silversmiths" with Dorothy Rainwater & Colette B. Fuller and has authored numerous publications.
In this seminar we will experience the history of ancient stone cutting & carvings, the evolution of carving material and techniques, we welcome you to join us on the journey!
Thank you for stopping by and we look forward to the next gem adventure with you!