Gemstone Portraits: Love Them or Hate Them?

They’re not a new idea, but paintings made with gemstones
are one you don’t see much of in the market.
I saw some over the weekend,
however, at the Feninjer show in Brazil, where a company name Di Grande
exhibited huge, well-made jewel-studded portraits that started at $6,000 triple key.

gemstone portrait by Di Grande

Cute folk-art style

gemstone portrait by Di Grande

Many people love birds

gemstone portrait by Di Grande

Cute

This type of art offers another way for enthusiasts to enjoy
jewels as well as a way to repurpose less-than-premium-quality stones, but the
art featured in images is highly subjective. For example, many people find
birds beautiful, and folk-art lovers will enjoy colorful images of field hands
at work, but how many will want dining-room–size portraits of prospectors
underground, excavating rough—some not even wearing shoes? Not an unrealistic
depiction of the way that some stones are mined, of course, but I just wonder if consumers in the market for such a unique art object might prefer a more whimsical subject matter.

gemstone portrait by Di Grande

Doesn’t look safe…or pretty.

gemstone portrait by Di Grande

I just don’t know…

I like the idea of gemstone portraits—and think the quality of these are terrific—but also think the right subject matter has yet to surface to make these a truly attractive gift and art option. What
do you think—would you sell these in your store, or buy one?