I started cutting diamonds 20 years ago, taught by my father, who was a master diamond cutter.
I found the constraints of modern cutting too mechanical and stifling and started to move further away from traditionally cut diamonds, but it wasn't until I threw the 'rule book' out completely that I found my passion and artistic freedom.
I love rough diamonds, each piece is like the promise of something magical waiting to be released. Sometimes I have an idea of what the finished diamond will look like but I am always guided the stone, so each piece is completely unique and keeps the essence of the rough.
I forgo modern tooling where possible, but instead use traditional copper wire tools, the same used to cut diamonds for hundreds of years. It means I have to physically bend the tools while I work, and it gives me a greater connection to the diamond.