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I was trained to paint photo-realistically, but I’ve always loved abstract art. Painting diamonds is my happy medium.
— Angie Crabtree
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Each painting begins with a gem...

I create elaborate portraits of diamonds at 1,000+ times their original size. 

Each diamond is hand sketched & painted using reference photos, directly onto a custom built panel or canvas. 

Originals take 3 - 6 months to complete, and are sometimes offered to the public as limited-edition prints.

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Each facet is blended with handmade oil paint.

To ensure the portrait's accuracy, I analyze the brilliance, reflections and colors of the stone.

I work with a color palette that combines both my vision, and my client's. My techniques create an illusion of sparkle, similar to the real thing.

 

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Each painting takes 

over 100 hours to complete.

After applying the base coat, I paint every facet one by one, in multiple layers. Each layer takes 1-2 weeks to dry.

I share in-progress photos to help my clients understand the process of capturing a diamond's beauty, colors, and light refraction down to the smallest detail. 

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The diamond portraits are named after their owners.

The finished work of art allows us to appreciate the beauty of the diamond in a new way.

Diamonds are symbolic of nature and romance ― now they are turned into a timeless work of art with a unique story.

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