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 Post subject: Justin Prim Makes the Cover of Journal of Gemmology!
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The History of London Lapidaries (Part 1)
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This two-part article weaves together the story of London as a significant European coloured-stone cutting hub, through a combination of historical materials and contemporary interviews with the current generation of lapidaries. Beginning with the industry’s early history, we see the influence of foreign cutting techniques as wave after wave of immigrant craftsmen arrived in London through out the centuries. Due to these external influences, London was able to play a prominent role in the history of European gem cutting. In addition, the evolution of cutting techniques contributed-to an expansion in cut styles for coloured stones, particularly during the Renaissance, as seen in the jewels of the Cheapside Hoard. Continued influence from France, Germany and the Low Countries resulted in further developments of lapidary equipment and this, combined with the expanding availability of rough material, led to additional advances in coloured-stone cut styles. During the Victorian period, immigrants consisting of jewellers, gem cutters, clockmakers, goldsmiths and other highly skilled craftsmen settled in the Hatton Garden area, which became a hub for servicing the trade in the early- to mid-19th century.


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