The Storied Gemstones Workshop
Faceters come from all walks of life. Besides cutting stones, some of them are also doctors, entrepreneurs, bakers, software engineers, robotic specialists, professors, writers, and even parents. With all they have going on, it’s often hard to find the time to sell their beautiful gems, and that's why we've created a Storied Gemstones Workshop: a platform to help the faceting community sell some of their best gemstones.
You can find their listings on the "Faceted Gemstones" page, where each listing identifies the talented faceter who created the gemstone.
Kris is one of the founders of Storied Gemstones. She learned to facet from Mark Oros (better known as Hashnu Stones) during the pandemic. In addition to being a factor, she spent most of her life as an architectural theorist and historian. She sees lots of parallels between architecture and cutting gems.
Mark has reached mythical status within the faceting community. Most people know him as Hashnu. It's a name that invites you to speak in hushed tones, but Mark is a real person. Generous with his time for other faceters, his brilliant work absolutely has a signature look allowing you to identify it on first sight as a Hashnu Stone. We’re honoured to feature some of his listings.
Michael is a full-time interactive designer living just outside Philadelphia, PA. He also does traditional graphic design, and worked with Justin Prim on the 2021 book "Secret Teachings of Gemcutting." Michael took a faceting class in 2013, and finally bought his own machine in 2020 and has been perfecting his lapidary craft since then.
In his day job, Garrett tackles the engineering for satellites, having developed systems currently being used to get previously undeserved communities online. His passion for precision bleeds into his work as a lapidary, where on nights and weekends he works to ensure each stone he crafts holds the highest possible standards for beauty. Favorite color? Padparadscha!
John began faceting when he was 13 and worked in the jewelry trade as a teenager. While in university, he leaned into science and went on to earn a PhD in Neuroscience and began a career of teaching and research. Eventually he moved to Hawaii where he rediscovered his love of gemcutting and making jewelry that continues to this day.
Nick spent the last decade as a high school speech & debate coach, helping hundreds of students find their voices in one of the most successful public debate programs in the country. Also a professional graphic artist, in 2020 He transformed his lifelong love of gems and minerals into a creative endeavor through lapidary.
XinChi is a technical software product manager by day, residing in Toronto, Canada. She discovered faceting as a hobby during the pandemic as the perfect blend of technical precision and artistic expression. When the urge to craft something tangible strikes, she can be found in front of her faceting machine with a D&D podcast on the side.