If the name John Dyer rings a bell, it’s because he’s won more than 40 gemstone cutting awards, 37 of them from the AGTA Cutting Edge competition. What this Edina, Minn.–based artist does with rocks is astounding! He takes bulky, blah-looking small boulders and chisels away at them until the color and complexities of the stones are revealed. His work is incredible! And while most of his inventory looks like a million bucks, buying one of his masterpieces won’t set you back anywhere near that much. Here are five new Dyer stunners available for sale tomorrow at the Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show (Jan. 31–Feb. 12) at booth No. 1 (right inside the door of the main tent) and next week at the Gem & Jewelry Exchange show (Feb. 4–9, across from AGTA at the Tucson Convention Center) at booth No. 1530. And if you’re nervous about bringing home another loose stone that could conceivably sit in your vault with all the others, take it over to AGTA’s on-site CAD-Cam studio, where six designers will create models and/or print waxes that retailers can take home to cast. You may even see me in line with a Dyer purchase in hand because I don’t know if I can resist that rhodolite garnet! Fingers crossed it’s still there when I arrive.
Dreamscape-cut 8.12 ct. citrine, $894 retail
StarBrite-cut 4.34 ct. rhodolite garnet, $954 retail
StarBrite-cut 1.3 ct. unheated purple sapphire, $2,210 retail
StarBrite-cut 3.87 ct. Afghani green tourmaline, $2,476 retail
Dreamscape-cut 5.17 ct. tanzanite, $3,930 retail
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