Bringing Out a Stone’s Best
Our specialty at Bopie’s is to use our creativity, passion, and experience to turn your vision into reality. That’s why, in addition to custom design services, we offer stellar custom lapidary services by international award-winning gem cutter Michael Sackos.
Veteran and husband to Bopie, Mike has as much of a passion for beautiful gems as does his wife. It wasn’t long after Bopie began her business that Michael took up learning the art of gem cutting, completing schooling, contesting, and placing in competitions around the world. With decades of experience under his belt, you can trust Mike to cut the stone of your choice into an incredible work of art for your custom piece, and with so many connections around the world, Mike is more than able to find high-quality rough from reliable sources to make it happen.
If you’re interested in having a gem specially cut for your custom piece or collection, please give us a call at 910-860-4884 or visit our Facebook to chat with one of our sales representatives!
Gem Cutting Education
Mike has started filming tutorial videos of his work to help aspiring gem cutters who want to learn the trade and educate curious gemstone lovers. Subscribe to Bopie’s on YouTube for updates on new educational material!
Portuguese Cut Imperial Garnet
Watch this rare, richly colored rough garnet stone originating from Tanzania’s Lindi Province get turned into a beautifully faceted Portuguese cut gem weighing 5.64cts and measuring 11mm in diameter.
Portuguese Cut Purple Garnet
A rare and beautiful Mozambique “Grape Garnet” rough gets the Ultra Tec treatment, becoming a 6.5mm gem.
Portuguese Cut Chatham Emerald
The technology developed by Carroll Chatham makes it possible to replicate nature’s recipe for a beautiful emerald and create internally flawless rough, accentuated by a lovely Portuguese cut!