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About

Learn about the artist, Angie Crabtree.

How did Angie Crabtree get inspired to paint diamonds?

Angie fell in love with diamonds after painting her first, at 60 inches tall, for an exhibition about “Luxury” in San Francisco in 2013. She fell in love with gems and their geometric patterns, and quit her job as a high school art teacher in 2015 to paint diamond portraits full-time.

Is Angie Crabtree a self-taught diamond painter artist?

Angie Crabtree is a classically trained fine artist, and a self-taught diamond painter. She has a Bachelor’s in Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute, and studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

What does Angie call her style of painting?

Angie considers her work portraiture — gem portraiture — which falls somewhere between realistic and abstract.

What artists have influenced Angie Crabtree’s style?

She is influenced by painters whose subjects portray royalty, such as the Baroque portrait painter, Diego Velasquez, as well as the contemporary portrait painter, Kehinde Wiley.

What are the most important projects Angie has worked on?

In 2017, Angie completed a commissioned oil painting of the Pink Promise by its previous owner Stephen Silver, before it hitting the block at Christie’s Hong Kong. The incredibly rare 14.93-carat Fancy Vivid VVS1 pink diamond, described by Christie’s as the “Picasso of the Pink Diamond world,” sold for an incredible $31,861,000. She created four painted portraits of the Pink Promise: one at 64 inches tall, and three at 24 inches tall. She was honored to have been able to wear the ring on and study it from life before starting her painting. In 2016 Angie completed a commissioned series of oil paintings for Chopard of the 5 biggest gems cut from the Queen of Kalahari diamond, an exceptional 342-carat stone of perfect color and absolute purity. Chopard and Angie’s ongoing collaboration has included portraits of unique watches, and eventually high jewelry pieces.

What type of paint does Angie use?

Angie uses only the highest quality materials, including handmade oil colors, known for their quality and extensive palette including genuine Italian Earth Colors.

What is the most difficult part of the painting process?

Patience. Angie’s paintings takes between 3 to 6 months to complete, or approximately 70 hours to 300+ hours. She is constantly rotating between 5-10 paintings at once to allow each layer to dry and cure properly (about 1-2 weeks).

Does Angie only paint diamonds?

No. Angie Crabtree can paint any type of gem, faceted or rough. She also paints watches and high jewelry portraits.

SHOP

Prints and merchandise can be purchased in our Shop.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PRINT, ORIGINAL, AND COMMISSION?

ORIGINALS

An “original” is a hand-made painting. They take Angie anywhere from 30 – 150 hours to create. They are made from scratch, using custom built canvases and panels, and painted in handmade oils on canvas. Every original has a painted signature, date, and comes with a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity. To see which paintings are available for purchase, visit Originals.

 

COMMISSIONS

These are “custom” original paintings created for clients. Size and price varies based on size, color and complexity. Turnaround time is 2-3 months. Visit Commissions for more information.

 

PRINTS

An official reproduction created by the artist. We sell limited-edition prints (signed & numbered) and open-edition prints (unlimited). All prints come with a signed Certificate of Authenticity. Visit Prints to see what prints are currently available.

ORIGINALS: An “original” painting is the real painting that prints are made from. They take anywhere from 30 – 150 hours to create. They are made from scratch, using custom built canvases and panels, and painted in handmade oils on canvas. Every original has a painted signature, date, and comes with a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity. To see which paintings are available for purchase, visit Originals.
COMMISSIONS: These are custom original paintings created for clients. Size and price varies based on size, color and complexity. Turnaround time is 2-3 months. Visit Commissions for more information.

What is your return/exchange policy?

RETURN & EXCHANGE POLICY

Please read item descriptions thoroughly before purchasing. If you believe there to be an error in regards to your purchase, please contact us within the first 7 days upon receiving your order at orders@angiecrabtree.com. We value our customers and will try our best to resolve any issues.

If you would like to return or exchange your order, please contact us within the first 7 days upon receiving your order at orders@angiecrabtree.com. There will be a 20% restocking charge and your order must be unused and in the original packaging. Shipping charges will be at the expense of the customer.

Do you ship worldwide?

Yes, we ship originals, prints on paper, and merchandise worldwide.
However, due to the high risk of damage during shipping , we do not ship framed prints or floats outside the United States.
If you live outside the USA, canvas prints will be shipped unstretched. Contact us at orders@angiecrabtree.com for more information.

How long will my order take?

Phone cases are shipped in 2-3 days.

Greeting cards are shipped within 1 week.

Prints are made to order and shipped in 2-3 weeks.

 

USA CUSTOMERS

Please allow for a 5-7 day delivery window once your item(s) are marked shipped. Please understand that we cannot be held responsible for packages delayed due to the postal carrier, inclement weather, natural disasters, holidays or customs delays. If you are concerned about package delivery time and or need your item for a specific date please email us at orders@angecrabtree.com.

 

INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS (All orders placed outside of the USA)

International orders will take longer and are estimated at a 2-4 week delivery window from our location. You are required to pay any import taxes, duties, and/or brokerage fees imposed by your country when receiving your package. Transit times may be extended due to delays in customs processing that are beyond our control.

Do you offer wholesale pricing?

We do not offer wholesale pricing on original paintings, but wholesale pricing is offered for prints and merchandise if purchased in bulk. Please contact us for more information.

commissions

For more information or a quote, fill out the inquiry form on the Commissions page.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PRINT, ORIGINAL, AND COMMISSION?

ORIGINALS

An “original” is a hand-made painting. They take Angie anywhere from 30 – 150 hours to create. They are made from scratch, using custom built canvases and panels, and painted in handmade oils on canvas. Every original has a painted signature, date, and comes with a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity. To see which paintings are available for purchase, visit Originals.

 

COMMISSIONS

These are “custom” original paintings created for clients. Size and price varies based on size, color and complexity. Turnaround time is 2-3 months. Visit Commissions for more information.

 

PRINTS

An official reproduction created by the artist. We sell limited-edition prints (signed & numbered) and open-edition prints (unlimited). All prints come with a signed Certificate of Authenticity. Visit Prints to see what prints are currently available.

ORIGINALS: An “original” painting is the real painting that prints are made from. They take anywhere from 30 – 150 hours to create. They are made from scratch, using custom built canvases and panels, and painted in handmade oils on canvas. Every original has a painted signature, date, and comes with a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity. To see which paintings are available for purchase, visit Originals.
COMMISSIONS: These are custom original paintings created for clients. Size and price varies based on size, color and complexity. Turnaround time is 2-3 months. Visit Commissions for more information.

Does Angie only paint diamonds?

No. Angie Crabtree can paint any type of gem, faceted or rough. She also paints watches and high jewelry portraits.

I don’t own the diamond I wish to have painted. Can it still be commissioned?

Yes. the artist can paint most diamonds and gems using her own photos sources. If a very rare diamond is requested, Angie will do her best to locate photos of it.

What is the price range for a commissioned painting?

Prices start at $5200 for a 16” white diamond, and $5800 for a 16” colored gem. The prices are quoted individually based on size and complexity. Please complete the form on the Commissions page to receive an estimate and/or to request to speak directly with the artist, Angie Crabtree, about commissioning a painting.

What is the turnaround time for a commission?

Turnaround time, including drying, is 3-6 months (approx. 75 to 300+ hours of painting). Clients are given an estimated date of completion determined by size, complexity, and waitlist.

I am in the Jewelry Industry. How can we collaborate?

We offer social media integration and are happy to work with your Public Relations Agency to highlight your company’s commissioned painting.

I’m having a special event. Does the artist do live painting events?

Yes, Angie Crabtree may be available to do live-painting for a fee + travel and accommodations. Please contact us as soon as possible to see if arrangements can be made. Jewelry Industry clients often commission paintings to be completed live at events, and to use for their social media promotions and advertising. Clients have used the completed paintings in various ways, such as gifting for special clients, raffling off to a customer, auctioned off for a charity, or displaying in retail stores or headquarters.

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