In this tribute to a visionary artist I took a risk in using a variety of gemstones, not knowing if the final image would even be recognizable.

Balancing the range of tones to create a cohesive result proved difficult. The color values of the deep green hue of Amazonite (top left) and the dark tones of the Snowflake Obsidian (top right) had to be delicately arranged to maintain the integrity of the image.

His famous right ear was reproduced by a uniquely beautiful gemstone (Fossil), his eyes with Dalmatian Jasper, the collar with Unakite and the mouth with African Turquoise.

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