The Art of Gem Carving


Watch a contemporary artist demonstrate gem-carving techniques in this short "making art" video.

Since antiquity, gemstones have been engraved using the same methods. Follow the process from start to finish in this short video. It was produced in conjunction with an exhibition that features works by ancient master engravers along with outstanding works by modern carvers.


Produced for The J. Paul Getty Museum exhibition Carvers and Collectors: The Lasting Allure of Ancient Gems in 2009.

Video presented in-gallery via custom interactive running on 17" touch screen computers; also online.

Director: Paco Link
Producer: Lien Nguyen
Production Coordinator: Keeli Shaw
Writer: Maria Gilbert
Editor: Sahar Tchaitchian