Augustus Hettig Carvings
Augustus Hettig is a Master Carver and Jeweler who hails from the beautiful Island of Tonga in the South Pacific. He started carving and creating jewelry at the age of 16 while working for his grandfather, working with materials such as bone, ivory, mother of pearl, black coral, and wood. Watching and learning from local artists fueled his passion for the art and led him to New Zealand where he was able to pursue his dream of a career in the fine jewelry realm, and eventually to Los Angeles where he attended the Gemological Institute of America and received his Graduate Jeweler diploma. His Polynesian heritage plays a central role in his creations, and we are thrilled to feature several of his carvings as highlights of the Crystalarium jewelry collection. He now works full time at the Crystalarium creating jewelry, carving pieces, and making magic happen. Next time you’re in, look up to the window in the back and maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of the myth, the man, the legend: August.