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Masters of Dreams: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Legendary Jewelry Houses

Masters of Dreams

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The filmmaker Ken McGrath, a 1980 Gemological Institute of America graduate, chose his alma mater as the location to premiere the Italian segment of his behind-the-scenes documentary. After working in the business for over 30 years, McGrath decided to show the beauty of the craft through the stories of world-renowned jewelry designers. The inspiration to share this passion came to him in 1979 when he was at the Borghese Palace in Rome to accept his first De Beers award.
I was really in a rarified world. I was seeing behind the scenes things that other people probably wouldnt experience. I knew I was endowed with some very, very, beautiful opportunities, he explained at the west coast premiere. But even with three De Beers awards and three decades of industry connections, the participation of top jewelers was hard to come by. I used, really, every connection I had and I phoned everyone, and I emailed, and I didnt stop until I had reached thirteen of the worlds most iconic jewelers and got them all on board.

Masters of Dreams: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Legendary Jewelry Houses

Masters of Dreams

Photo Courtesy of GIA

The filmmaker Ken McGrath, a 1980 Gemological Institute of America graduate, chose his alma mater as the location to premiere the Italian segment of his behind-the-scenes documentary. After working in the business for over 30 years, McGrath decided to show the beauty of the craft through the stories of world-renowned jewelry designers. The inspiration to share this passion came to him in 1979 when he was at the Borghese Palace in Rome to accept his first De Beers award.
“I was really in a rarified world. I was seeing behind the scenes things that other people probably wouldn’t experience. I knew I was endowed with some very, very, beautiful opportunities,” he explained at the west coast premiere. But even with three De Beers awards and three decades of industry connections, the participation of top jewelers was hard to come by. “I used, really, every connection I had and I phoned everyone, and I emailed, and I didn’t stop until I had reached thirteen of the world’s most iconic jewelers and got them all on board.”

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