Last year, I went down a Lovecraft rabbit hole where I was thinking and living in a Lovecraftian world for a few months. The guide that I am writing for these stories comes from that experience. The immersive way that I did it was extremely powerful and in my opinion…


A Chinese translation of this article was originally published in Jewelry World Vol. 92, November 2019

Over the past few years, the demand for well-cut gemstones has increased dramatically. Due to the large amount of commercial-quality material whose original cut was solely meant to retain weight as opposed to maximizing…


Originally publish in the GAA Journal V27 No3 January-June 2020

Once upon a time, buyers of colored stones were solely focused on color and size but in the 21st century, gemstone and jewelry customers are becoming more aware of the effect of the cut on colored stones. Gemstone grading laboratories…


Originall published in GAMMA The ICA | GemLab Journal — Volume 1 Issue 2

Do you remember a few years back, there was a viral phenomenon going around the internet that involved a dress with a color that no one could agree about? Some people said the dress was blue…


How to make your professional dream a reality.

When I first discovered gemstones and the gem trade, the first thing that came into my mind was “how do they cut these tiny stones?” This question led me to discover the lapidary club system and caused me to spend two years riding my bike to the local club almost…


Constructing an Octophonic Sound Environment

In August of 2016, I teamed up with Scottish artist Katie Anderson to build an immersive sound installation inside a ruined Victorian mansion in Southern Scotland. We got a few grants to help us fund the project and spent a few months getting permission from the owners, planning it, and…


The Museum of Faceting Technology project began in February of 2018. At first it was devised as a personal collection but the scope quickly changed as more machines were acquired and donated. As the collection grew, it began to become a tangible representation of the worldwide culture of gemcutting.

In…


Initiation. It’s February 2005. I’ve been reading the Tao Te Ching. I’m in a van driving to New England. I’ve sold everything I owned with the intention of starting a new life.

Initiation. It’s August 2015. I’ve been reading the Welsh Merlin Poems. I’m next to a cave on a…


The Pinnacle Photo by Justin K Prim

I spent a lot of time avoiding responsibility because I didn’t want worldly pressures sitting upon my shoulders.

I sought greatness in small things and worked towards personal goals.

When the Tao Te Ching said
“The saint inspires the vitality of all lives, without holding back.
He nurtures all beings with no…

Justin K Prim

Gemcutter / Travel Adventurer / Lapidary Historian/ Author of The Heart of Merlin / www.justinkprim.com

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