Bruce Echhardt (b. 1953) is recognized as one of the finest lapidary artists in the Southwest. He specializes in gem-quality, natural Southwestern turquoise. Bruce believes that an artist's only limit is their imagination, and his innovative high cabochon cuts are a prime example of this philosophy. He has become famous for his daring designs, not to mention the quality and rarity of the stones he chooses. The bright turquoise and fine lapis that Bruce chooses to adopt in his work have become trademark symbols that make his work extremely recognizable; his stone cutting is unparalleled and exhaustively perfected.