I started learning 
as a lapidary when 
I was 14 in Chritin’s  workshop, which 
was founded in 1906 by a precursor of 
this profession in Barcelona, and where
I stayed  until its closure.

My first job was as a polisher, and  when
I had the control of this part and I had 
acquired the knowledge about the facets 
and materials, I started cutting gems.

In 1985 I opened my own workshop in 
Barcelona, in Gracia district.  With the 
arrival of the new century and seeking 
a better quality of life in a rural place,
I moved to the Anoia and, later , to the 

Joan Martín