Tom Hampton

tom-hamptonI love stones! As a lapidary, I am constantly looking to uncover and show the inner beauty of these unique stones. From the beginning of the cutting process, it is astounding how the stone tells me how it wants to be cut, sometimes ending in irregular shapes. Then there are stones that lend themselves to being carved, which adds a whole different dynamic to the look of the stone. Finding a way to uniquely present and highlight a particular stone is the driving force of my jewelry design. The metal becomes the means to an end. Beginning with just the stone on my workbench the final outcome is an adventure.

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