Robert Bentley began his love affair with gemstones while accompanying
his grandfather to rock hound meetings in the 1950s. He graduated
from Pratt Institute in 1972 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting.
While he continued to paint and sculpt (he still does today), his fascination
with gemstones took precedence and The Robert Bentley Company showroom
was opened in New York City in 1994.
Within the environment of The Robert Bentley Companys extensive
inventory of the best quality, best cut colored stones available today,
Robert functions as a collaborator, instigator, and cohort within the
jewelers design process, integrating his extensive knowledge and
experience in gemology with an artists sensibility.