About Scott Sucher, The Stonecutter

Scott Sucher is the craftsman behind The Stonecutter. He is recognized as an expert diamond historian and gem cutter by a number of organizations, including Discovery and National Geographic Channels. He has collaborated with numerous museums and organizations performing diamond research, including the Smithsonian Institution, which allowed him to handle the unset Hope diamond. Scott’s work is on permanent display in museums around the world, and his research findings clarifying the history of seven historical diamonds have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Scott lectures worldwide and was the keynote speaker for the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) 2011 John Sinkankas Diamond Symposium. His reputation is reflected in the 60-70,000 results for “Scott Sucher diamond” Internet searches.

Early Stonecutting

Scott began his foray into stonecutting when he was 14 years old, creating cabochons primarily from opal. His hobby continued into college, earning him more than just pocket change. A 26-carat opal paid for his Maui honeymoon!

During his junior year of college, Scott met Dave Cavolo, a jewelry maker, faceter and shop owner in Phoenix. Although it took a lot of prodding, Dave finally agreed to teach Scott faceting. He also traded Scott an old Ultra-Tec machine for an opal. With his new skills, equipment and inspiration from the quartz replicas of famous diamonds in the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Arts in Elmhurst, Illinois, Scott soon began to build his own collection of famous diamond replicas made of cubic zirconia (CZ).

Historic Diamond Research

Creating genuine replicas of historic diamonds proved to be difficult. In 1980 when Scott started, authoritative research was scant. He had created at least eight replicas before realizing that data in various sources did not match. To get reliable information, he would need to perform his own research, going back to the original sources, including:

By 1983, Scott had replicas of 16 famous diamonds with at least six more that he wanted to create. However, during this time his stonecutting was nearly put at a stand-still by his Air Force career, which sent him to more than 30 countries. Any free time he had was spent with his family.

Becoming a World-Renowned Diamond Expert

Upon his retirement, Scott rededicated himself to his research and building his replica collection, endeavors that would earn him recognition worldwide.

Scott contributed to a number of publications in the stonecutting industry, including an article series for the Lapidary Journal, and gave talks to several organizations around the country—and all his work was posted and referenced on the Internet, which is how a producer from the Discovery Channel found Scott, seeking his expertise for a show dealing with the genealogy of the Hope diamond.

Happy to be recognized as an expert, Scott agreed to help with the show but seemed unsure of the show’s progress when he said to get the information the producer wanted he would need to have the Hope diamond unset. About a week later, the producer called him back announcing that the Smithsonian Institution would unset the Hope diamond over a four-hour period for Scott’s research. In fact, the Smithsonian staff even left him unattended with the unset Hope for 30 minutes!

Filming of “Unsolved History: The Hope Diamond” began in 2004, and the program aired in February 2005. The results have been referenced in news stories around the globe.

Scott’s association with the Discovery Channel and Smithsonian Institution opened up new possibilities for in-depth research of famous diamonds. His research affiliations to date include:

Collaborator Research Subject
·         Asscher Diamonds (Amsterdam), Tower of London and Royal Collections, Crown Jeweler for the British Crown Jewels Cullinan diamonds
·         Coster Diamonds(Amsterdam), Natural History Museum (London) Koh-I-Noor
·         Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) Great Table, Darya-I-Nur, Nur-al-Ain

For a full list of museums, organizations and individuals who have contributed to Scott’s research, please see Acknowledgements.

More Than a Hobby

With authoritative research on several famous diamonds published in the Gemological Institute of America’s journal Gems & Gemology, Scott has not only expanded his own replica collection, but he can help you build yours. The Stonecutter offers the finest cubic zirconia replicas of historic diamonds, and they are available more affordably than you may think. View our selection of diamond replicas and order yours today.

Museum-Quality Diamond Replicas by Scott Sucher


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