Henry Hunt Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Henry Hunt, pioneering lapidary and gem carver, will be inducted into the Gem Artists of North America (GANA) Hall of Fame on Feb. 4. Hunt was chosen to be the first inductee into the Hall to honor his widespread influence on the evolution of North American gem artists. Through his two books, Lapidary Carving for Creative Jewelry (first published in 1980) and American Lapidary: Designing the Carved Gemstone (published in 1996), Hunt introduced a new generation of lapidaries to the tools and techniques of gem carving. Hunt has been a professional lapidary for 40 years and was pivotal in establishing the carved gemstone as a viable alternative to the faceted stone. He began showing his gem carvings at the Tucson Gem Show in 1977 and has always been available to discuss gem carving with anyone who asked his advice. Many gem artists, including award-winning gem artists Glenn Lehrer, Larr

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