Mark Gronlund started in the jewelry industry as a self-taught goldsmith in 1988. His early work consisted of jewelry fabrication, model making, centrifuge casting, stone setting and finishing.
Mark began his work as a professional lapidary (gem cutter) in 1995. Self-taught in the discipline, Mark quickly earned his mark in the industry by winning the prestigious "Cutting Edge" portion of the 1996 AGTA Spectrum Awards (recognized as the premier gem cutting and jewelry design competition in North America), winning a total of three awards his first year. The following two years yielded five more AGTA Cutting Edge Awards and nine total awards to date. Mark's work gained instant popularity as his artistic gem creations were featured in every jewelry and gemstone trade journal around the globe, catapulting him to the pinnacle of the jewelry industry. During this same period, Mark earned his Graduate Gemologist degree (highest attainable degree in the study of diamonds and gemstones) from the Gemological Institute of America.
As a well-rounded, self-taught artist, Mark continues to devote his time and effort as an innovator of new and fascinating techniques in the lapidary field. Recognized world-wide as one of the premier artistic gem cutters working today, Mark's unique creations have generated a new interest in jewelry for designers and collectors alike.
Gronlund has exhibited at AGTA Gemfair Tucson (The World's Premier Colored Gemstone Event) since 1997, JCK Las Vegas (The World's Most Significant Wholesale Jewelry Trade Show) since 1998.
Judge at the prestigious AGTA Spectrum & Cutting Edge Awards - 2005.
Speaker at numerous AGTA Gemfair Tucson seminars.
Guest speaker to GIA alumni.
Extensive press coverage in trade journals world-wide throughout his professional career.
"I consider it an honor and privilege to fashion gems from some of the finest specimens our earth provides." Mark Gronlund
"Beyond The Cutting Edge"
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