I have always loved rocks. As a small boy I was an avid collector and my interest in gems became serious whilst travelling to Nepal some twenty years ago.

Upon my return, in search of knowledge I studied gemology in London and then began to visit the great gem markets of India. I still go to Jaipur and Mumbai on stone-hunting trips, seeking out gems with character and history. I look for stones that have great charm, and often unearth rarities that others overlook.

I am especially interested in Indian diamonds, cut in ways that have long since disappeared in Europe. I also love the romance of coloured stones such as Burmese spinels, sapphires and Columbian emeralds.

When I design pieces, I always start with the stone, making sure that the setting allows them to sing.

Film and Photography By Matthew Donaldson

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