Scott Sucher, Self-Made Stonecutter

The Stonecutter’s Scott Sucher is recognized around the world as an expert on historic diamonds and for his expertise in gem cutting. Adding to Scott’s unique credentials is the fact that Scott is something of an anomaly in the trade—a self-trained stonecutter.

Formal Diamond Cutting Training

A formal diamond cutting education is hard to come by. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) only recognizes one cutting academy in the United States—American Institute of Diamond Cutting, Inc. Two other similar institutions are in South Africa.

While many professional stonecutters may never pass through the door of a formal institution, most of them do go through a formalized apprenticeship program, studying under a master cutter for years. Scott did not attend any type of formal training. Scott started stonecutting at 14 and learned faceting from a local jeweler. His expertise and mastery of the skill have come from the thousands of hours spent studying, practicing and creating replicas for his own collection.

Passing the Torch

As any passionate craftsman, Scott is happy to help others learn more about stonecutting and develop their own skills. Since every stonecutting project begins with in-depth research, below is a selection of references used to create The Stonecutter famous diamond replicas as well as some of Scott’s original contributing publications:


Balfour, I. (2009) Famous Diamonds (5th ed.). Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club Ltd.

Bari, H. (2001) Diamonds, in the Heart of the Earth, in the Heart of Stars, at the Heart of Power. S.p.A., Val d’Aosta, Italy: Industrie Grafiche Editoriali Musumeci.

Bapst, C.G. (1889) Histoire des Joyaux de la Couronne de France. Paris: Hachette.

Bauer, M. (1968) Precious Stones (Vol. 1). New York: Dover.

Cletscher, T.  (17th century) Sketchbook. Boymans-van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam.

Copeland, L.L. (1974) Diamonds—Famous, Notable and Unique. Rev. by R.A.P. Gaal and J. Taylor. Los Angeles, CA: Gemological Institute of America.

DeBoote, B.  (1604)  Gemmarum et Lapidum Historia.

Dieulefait, L. (1874) Diamonds and Precious Stones. New York: Scribner, Armstrong, and Co.

Emanuel, H.  (1967) Diamonds and Precious Stones (2nd ed.).  London: J.C. Hotten.

Farges, F., Sucher, S., Horovitz, H., Fourcault, J.-M. (2008) Deux découvertes majeures autour du “diamant bleu de la Couronne” [Two major discoveries about the “Blue Diamond of the Crown”]”. Revue de Gemmologie, No. 165, pp. 18–24.

Farges, F., Sucher S., Horovitz, H., Fourcault, J.-M (2009), The French Blue and the Hope: New Data from the Discovery of a Historical Lead Cast. Gems & Gemology, Vol. 45 (No. 1), pp. 4–19.

Fritsch, F. (1998) “The Nature of Color in Diamonds”. In G. E. Harlow, Ed., The Nature of Diamonds. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 23–47.

Hatleberg, J.N. “An exact replica of the original Mogul cut Koh-i-Noor diamond”. In Proceedings of the 2006 Gemological Research Conference, Gems & Gemology, Vol. 42 (No. 3), pp. 158-169.

Legrand, Jacques (1980). Diamonds: Myth, Magic, and Reality. New York: Crown.

Mawe, J. (1815) A Treatise on Diamonds, and Precious Stones: Including Their History – Natural and Commercial. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown.

Morel, B. (1988) The French Crown Jewels. Antwerp: Fonds Mercator.

Orlov, U. (1977) The Mineralogy of the Diamond. New York: Wiley.

Shipley, R.M. (1939) Famous Diamonds of The World. Los Angeles: Gemological Institute of America.

Streeter, E.W. (1889) The Great Diamonds of the World. London: George Bell and Sons.

Streeter, E. (1898) Precious Stones and Gems (6th ed.). London: George Bell and Sons.

Sucher, S., Carriere D. (2008). The Use of Laser and X-Ray Scanning to Create a Model of the Historic Koh-I-Noor Diamond. Gems & Gemology, Vol. 44 (No. 2), pp. 124–141.

Sucher, S. (2009). A Crystallographic Analysis of the Tavernier Blue Diamond. Gems & Gemology, Vol. 45 (No. 3), pp. 178-185.

Tavernier, J. (1676). Les six voyages de Jean Baptiste Tavernier .  .  .  [The Six Voyages of Jean Baptiste Tavernier.  .  .]. Paris: Gervais Clouzier et Claude Barbin.

Tavernier, J. (1682). Travels in India, Vol II. Translated by V. Ball (1889). London: Macmillan and Co., London.

Tennant J. (1852) Lecture on Gems and Precious Diamonds. London.

Tillander, H. (1966). Six Centuries of Diamond Design. Gems & Gemology, Fall, 77-94.

Tillander, H.  (1995). Diamond Cuts in Historic Jewelry 1381-1910. London: Art Books International.

Tolkowsky M. (1919). A Study of the Reflection and Refraction of Light in a Diamond. New York: Spon & Chamberlain.

Twining, E. (1960). A History of the Crown Jewels of Europe. London: B.T. Batsford.

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