Studio Notes: Painting Diamonds and Other Artistic Takes

artists painting diamonds

Angie Crabtree’s diamonds are so gigantic; she sells them by the square foot. Typical of high-end luxury items, prices for her original oil paintings are only available by request. And like all big “rocks,” they are irresistibly eye-catching. Crabtree works in a tromp l’oeil style, which makes the diamonds look photographic. You can buy a framed, nine-square-foot print for $510, a phone cover for $45, or 25 assorted greeting cards for $62.50. Learn more about Angie’s original artwork on her website.

Kurt Pio of Cape Town, South Africa, is another artist famous for diamond paintings. If you love art, he’s also talented as an abstract painter and a botanical artist. Find his work at his website.

Ron van der Ende of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, fools the eye in a different way. He has created bas relief diamond sculptures out of salvaged wood.
On a much smaller scale, illustration is an essential skill for jewelry designers. If you want to try painting a few gems of your own, check out these two handy web sites:
How to Draw Gems with Markers and Colored Pencils: Free

Classroom in a box by Remy Rotenier: $395

Betsy Lehndorff has been writing for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist since 2010. Her story on Colorado diamonds appears in the September-October issue and she will be writing about her experience in Kate Wolf’s class in 2018, along with her grant-writing adventures as a silversmith. You can reach her at