~ Mention • Adorn-London • July 2015
"Top Notch Faceting is the brand face of uber cool gem cutter Jean-Noel Soni, affectionately referred to by his friends as the”rock star”… ahem no pun intended! Essentially self-taught, Soni specializes in high precision gem faceting where he applies his sculptural ideas to the rough rock. Turning tradition on its head, Soni’s approach knows no boundaries except for his careful navigation around inclusions and fractures that make up the natural structure of each stone that he transforms. We caught up with this innovative gem faceter to find out more about his work, his vision and his passion for gems."
~ Mention • Little Bird • July 2015
"For all you folks who say you want something “truly unique” we know a guy who is about to blow your mind: Jean-Noel Soni of Top Notch Faceting. This guy cuts gems to look like optical illusions. Seriously, they look like something from the bottom corner of a kaleidoscope viewer. Should he cut the center gem for your engagement ring? Are you cool enough?"
~ Mention • Charlton & Lola • June 2015
"The reason I love Jean's work is that the cuts are really his own. He comes out of the box of marquise, cushion, brilliant, blah, blah, blah. He completely honors the stone, so if you buy one of his stones, as a jeweler, you are also forced to honor the stone and design for It. There is no room to ignore the stone. I love a fucking good challenge."
~ Mention • For Future Reference • June 2015
"Calling his business 'Top Notch Faceting' is about as fitting as naming our website 'Two White Girls Who Like Jewels.' Simple, basic, and spot on. We've been looking forward to chatting with Jean again ever since our initial meeting, when our high five was greeted with a garnet-tattooed palm. This self-taught lapidary (CRAZY) spends his time in San Fran with his adorable little dude and zookeeper wife (who is extremely talented in her own right) when he's not on the road in Africa and Sri Lanka, of course."
~ Mention • Gems & Gemology • Spring 2015
~ Mention • Jess Hannah. • April 2015
~ Mention • Made of Jewelry • April 2015
~ Mention • New York Magazine • March 2015
~ Mention • Vogue Paris • December 2014
"Jean-Noel Soni, whose tattooed hands are often in shot with a particularly impressive specimen. The San Francisco-based lapidary is the gemology equivalent of rock royalty, a self-taught expert who, after years of research, has developed the techniques that have won him serious recognition for his original cuts."
~ Mention • About.com • September 2014
"Jean-Noel Soni is the gem cutter behind Top Notch Faceting based in San Francisco, CA. His work is nothing like those run of the mill mass-produced gemstones you find at a large jewelry chain or department store. Instead each gem from Top Notch Faceting is hand selected and precision faceted by Jean-Noel, all with a unique shape and even more unique faceting. Simply put, he turns rocks into art."
~ Mention • The Stone Set • September 2014
"The San Francisco-based gemstone cutter specializes in high-precision faceting and is the mastermind behind Top Notch Faceting. His custom-cut gemstone creations have won him many awards and elicit awe in anyone who encounters them. Soni takes the rough and sculpts them into gemstones that double as sculptural works of art, all while navigating the inclusions and fractures of their natural form. His finished products are mesmerizing light shows that can be admired in the palm of one’s hand or as a finished piece of jewelry. The most impressive part? The innovative gem faceter is mostly self-trained. -The Stone Set."
~ Mention • Alexis Kletjian Jewelry • May 2014
~ 3rd Place Award for Phenomenal Gemstones • 2014 AGTA Spectrum Awards • February 2014
~ Article • InStore Magazine • November 2013
~ Article • Rapaport Magazine • September 2013
~ Mention • Gem Gossip Jewelry Blog • August 2013
~ Article • GoldandTime.org • May 2013
"La talla de gemas es un arte, un arte funcional donde se unen belleza y técnica, pero esto no significa que todas las tallas que realizan los lapidarios lo sean, una buena talla requiere talento, experiencia y oficio, además de una gran intuición y sensibilidad, pero también es imprescindible saber gemología, geometría, óptica y matemáticas."
~ 1st Place Award for Innovative Faceting • 2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards • February 2013
~ Faceting Design • Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist • November 2012
~ Article • INSTORE Magazine • October 2012
"As a gem faceter, my love for gems and jewelry is a life passion. Not a day goes by that my focus isn’t on a gemstone. Yet, I notice that many jewelry designers hardly state any information about the cut stones they are using. What happened to the story about the stone? What is the general and specific history behind the gemstone? Were the people who mined it paid fairly? Who cut it? How many dealers’ hands and countries did it pass through on the way to the customer?"
~ Mention • Ultra Tec Newsletter • September 2012
~ Mention • On My Work Table • May 2012