Meet Brian McHardy
Fourth Generation Master Diamond Cutter
Born in South Africa, Brian McHardy is a true Master Cutter whose craft has been passed down through three generations of McHardys.
Brian has served as a Master Diamond Cutter at Hearts On Fire since 1999, and has traveled worldwide to represent Hearts On Fire and demonstrate the art and science of cutting the world’s most perfectly cut diamond. He captivates audiences with his talent, knowledge and infectious charm. Inspirational, Triumphant®, and Passionate are just a few words one would use to describe Brian’s successful career as a master diamond cutter.
Before joining Hearts On Fire, he spent over a decade honing his craft as owner of American Premier Diamond Cutting Works, which he founded in 1985. His family’s involvement with diamonds began with his great grandfather who was General Manager of the Premier Mine in South Africa, where the famous Cullinan diamond was discovered in 1905. Both Brian’s grandfather and father held executive positions with De Beers.
In recognition of the family’s contributions to the diamond industry, The McHardy House at the Premier Mine in South Africa is now a museum open to the public.
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