Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio follows a second generation family tradition, since 1968, in the creation of objects d'art and gemstone carving (also known as glyptography), an ancient art with roots from pre-Babylonian times. An engineer by profession, he grew up surrounded by art, sculpture, minerals & gemstones; artists, master carvers and jewelers were ingrained in his everyday life at his family studio in Lima, Peru, where he spent most of his formative years.
His knowledge on precious stones was organically acquired during constant visits to mines around the world where he hunted for exceptional gemstones; making the quest for rarity and quality an exquisite lifetime pursuit. His art is characterized by the fusion of sculpting techniques and those of jewelry fabrication, the use of exceptional gemstones, the daring design and the flawless execution carried out by hand which is vital in order to give a soul to each creation. After mastering his craft, Quispe Aparacio moved to Paris in search for a new vision and to broaden his scope through the specialization in luxury goods. Examples of this can be seen in his collection "The Beast Within" which was inspired by the resounding influence nature has on man after Quispe Aparacio's numerous travels to Africa.
Today, though, he travels the world in search for the rarest gemstones to incorporate into his work, his studio specializes in carving rub. The second hardest gemstone found on earth after the diamond, few artists have managed to successfully work with ruby as it requires advanced technique in vision, carving and polishing. His works are displayed in museums in the United States and Europe and enjoyed by private collectors around the world.
Investor Wolf Lighter
The Investor Wolf is a person that does the biggest deals, brings in the most money, and is generally a badass everyone looks up to. In collaboration with master stone carver, Luis Alberto, L'Aquart and Maison, S.T. Dupont have created the magnanimous collections with black and grey obsidian and white agate. This piece is limited to only 8 pieces worldwide. The lighter features yellow gold finishes, black obsidian and white agate suit, silver Russian obsidian head, and 6 pave diamonds 1mm diameter in the wristwatch. The base is made of petrified wood.
This particular lighter is a prototype, limited edition X/X. It comes with generic ST Dupont packaging, as it was created to be the studio piece for photography, but not for the public market. We now exclusively have this prototype available for only the most serious collectors.