In Sharing the Rough, filmmaker Orin Mazzoni takes us behind the scenes into the world of colored gemstones and the fascinating paths they travel, from the dogged, independent East African miners who uncover them and often find varieties never before seen, to the gem cutters who shape the rough stones into objects of beauty and desire, and to the designers who use them as the centerpieces of breathtaking works of wearable art.
The film focuses on a single gemstone (a 49-carat grossular green garnet) as it makes the journey from discovery, to being shaped by master gem cutter Roger Daly (into a 14-carat polished stone), to its glorious setting by jewelry designer Mark Schneider, to final purchase by a collector, while capturing the passion involved in every step.
Along the way, we visit the annual gem show in Tucson and the jewelry show in Las Vegas where the final piece is exhibited. Entertaining, informative, and beautifully photographed by Michael Street. The filmmakers will be in attendance and they will be bringing the final piece of jewelry to show the audience.