Michael Dyber

Michael Dyber is a completely self taught artist.

The desire to create led him to build the  equipment he needed to materialize his creative vision in gem carving.

The grinding arbor in the photo was designed and built entirely in his studio.

He built all his carving arbors, and tools. He facets by hand on a flat lap.

In 1987, he developed his first signature Lapidary technique: “Dyber Optic Dish”™. This technique creates optical illusions in small and large dimensions.

In 1999, his second lapidary technique “Luminaires” was introduced to the world. This lapidary technique creates illumination and optic illusions within the gemstone.

In 2006, he introduced his signature lapidary technique: “Photon Phacet™”.  These phacets™ are inside the gem. By using all or any of his signature techniques, he creates signed one of a kind gem designs.

He introduced his latest lapidary technique: “Illusion Lines™” in 2023, at James Alger Co. AGTA, Tucson AZ & AGTA Las Vegas shows.

By using all or any of his signature techniques, he creates signed one of a kind gem carvings.


Awards  Exhibits

Micheal Dyber

The Master in the Art of Living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in what ever he does leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.

- Zen Buddhist text

Michael's History 

1970 Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Humanities.

LIFE WORK: Started creating metal sculptures at age 9, and won first prize in the "National Scholastic Arts Awards" in 1961 with a wooden sculpture. It went on tour around the U.S. Went on to experiment in various mediums and kinetic sculpture throughout high school and college, Numerous privately commissioned works in metal were made during this period. 

A natural evolution from sculpting various metals to small jewelry sculpture utilizing gemstones.

In 1977, built own studio in Central New Hampshire and has been working there since that time.

Confined to the use of manufactured stones in jewelry making, gem carving was the next step in the natural progression.
By 1985, became completely engrossed in gem carving, jewelry making was abandoned and full time concentration given over to carving of all sizes, from miniature works to major sculptures. 

Michael Dyber Art

Michael Dyber Art

"My work is asymmetrical, but visually balanced"

Michael M. Dyber 

Since 1987, many major awards have been won internationally for gem designing.

In 1994, he became the first American to ever win 1st Prize in the most prestigious gem design competition in the world, the 25th annual German Award for Jewelry and Precious Stones, Idar -Oberstein 1994.

Once again,in 2009, he became the only American to win 1st twice, in the 40th German Award for Jewelry & Precious Stones, Idar-Oberstein international cutting competition.

His goal is "to apply the laws of optics, to one of the oldest art forms. Go beyond what has been done. Explore the world of compositional designs. To create infinite designs."


Awards  Exhibits

“Carving in the design is the most creative step before pre-polishing. It is at the pre-polish stage that the design comes to light.”


“If the pre-polish is perfect, then the final polishing will go well. The optical effects are fully manifested at this last and most dynamic stage”