INTERNATIONAL FACETER'S ASSOCIATION
IFA FACETER'S DIGEST
Vol. 2, Issue No. 152 - Friday October 4, 2002
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Index to Today's Digest
01 Re: Certs
02 Re: Laps!
03 Re: stone certification and valuation
Date: Thu, 03 Oct 2002 16:03:53 -0700
From: "Paul T. Ahlstedt"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
""Fred you have lots experience with certs
whats your view?""
I have a couple of additional observations about certs.
One is that they are
very subjective, and I am aware of at least one lab that heavily
certs in favor of the seller.
Another is that I find that when I am dealing in very
high end stones, the
buyer usually shows up with a portable lab anyway, so the cert is
Date: Thu, 03 Oct 2002 19:34:32 -0400
From: "Jonathan L. Rolfe" <email@example.com>
At 06:09 PM 10/3/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>I found that it was difficult to find laps
>that were true and very few machine shops capable of carrying
> I must congratulate Jon Rolfe on his flat BATT laps use them
a lot on
>finishing the harder stones.
Thanks! I love hearing this at the end of a post where the writer
particular about his laps!
This has been a good week for hearing nice things! Tom Herbst got
laser interferometer, and did some consumer testing on the claims
of a BATT
lap producing flat facets, with one of his stones.
When I saw his mail come in, I had a sinking feeling.."On No..don't
the mail warped a lap or something"...The title was "BATT
Thanks for Tom for the testing, and allowing me to host the HTML
report. See http://www.battlap.info/FlatBATT.html
In this business, you never know what someone's Day Job might be-They
even have a new interferometer!
One of the things that makes the online lists work so well is the
amount of "Other" skills gemcutters collectively have.
We are bakers,
septic tank pumpers, electricians, doctors, clergy...anything one
imagine. So we get answers from every perspective.
Hi Jon, Love the Redwing, It is a thing of beauty.
I will be breaking it in this
Subject: Re: stone certification and valuation
Date: Fri, 4 Oct 2002 01:31:49 -0700
From: Tony <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When I first started cutting I started to wonder what
had in cut stones and decided to invest in some paper from an
independent appraiser. I was directed to a gentleman of some
repute that proceeded to inform me that prices of custom cut
stones and therefore their ultimate value are my domain not his.
An appraiser can only compare what is shown them with that which
they know is available and for how much. If I produce a unique
gemstone then I am the only person that knows the real costs and
consequentially the real wholesale value. That amount is quite
simply what I would charge for another stone to match or replace
Now for the good bit. You provide the provenance and
value certificate for the loose unmounted stone. You do not need
to pass any exams and you are not going to be placed in a
suable position by issuing such a cert. What the cutters
certificate will do is provide an independent appraiser with all
of the details needed to provide insurance replacement
documentation. I like to go overboard here as the more
meticulous the detailing the more credible the cert will be.
Make it as spiffy as you can. Ink jet printer on certificate
paper is quite spiff.
Rough vendor and date: (someone to blame)
Material sold to you as : (passing the buck)
Rough description with weights and measurements, Location,
species and variety.
Weights and Measurements and date of finished gem:
Design name, Author and execution time: (how long
it took not
when you intend doing away with the designer)
Number of facets on the stone : ( Amazingly people
love this one
if the number is big and faceted girdles give big numbers)
Angles used on facets: (Yes you will find appraisers
know the names of all the facets we use)
Name of the stone: (Yes you will feel pretentious,
all of us on
the list will think you pretentious, however your customer will
love it and list members don't buy cut stones)
Care and Maintenace; (helpful hints and cleaning tips)
Scientific blah blah: Latin names, chemical names
atomic weight, associated varieties, world locations and any
other sciency filler.
Metaphysical blah blah: (Not just the 'healy feely'
reality addicts also enjoy this stuff)
If you still have any room or have decided to attach
you could also provide the cutting diagrams and instructions,
The copyright issues on some designs would have to be explored
but I don't have Gemcad or any design software so I don't do
The valuation should include some wording like this;
Replacement value shown includes the industry standard handling
and stocking charges accepted by the majority of the jewellery
trade as applied to the loose stone only and does not include
the value of any metalwork, setting costs or other jewellers
How much? As I said. the amount you want for doing
it again and
being happy about it. Not how much you charged this time. Now
double it to cover the jewellers 'handling charges'. That is the
replacement value, simple.
Date and sign your name as the gemcutter and give
date of the valuation, You may not want to do it for that price
5 years hence but it should be good for 1 or 2. Most important
is clearly showing the certification fee, even if you didn't
charge for the service this time, you need to show the value of
your documenting, cutting and gem knowledge. Nothing below
US.$25 should be considered. Add any disclaimers you feel
necessary, such as; not an offer to purchase, not an offer to
supply, cert cannot be used as a selling tool etc.
Just in case you think this is all rather arrogant
many of the top gemmologists and appraisers in the country have
cut more stones than you have. Not many I'd wager. You are not
selling a commodity you have created an art object and this is
how you sign it. How many jewellery owners know the name of the
person that cut their gems. That knowledge has a cash value,
don't give it away or squander it. No stone should leave your
shop without a cert.
Date: Fri, 4 Oct 2002 06:13:36 -0500
From: "David Ault" <email@example.com>
In regards to Don's opal. Paul Downing wrote a book
on opals a few years
back that has been incorporated into the guide as the standard for
appraising opals. Your stone would be a crystal opal for the type
An unusual pattern to the play of fire can affect value. There is
a scale of
values from there that is based on type of play of color [ blue,
greenblue, bluegreen etc]and brightness of the play of color. The
the cut and is it calibrated or not is another consideration. The
problem with this system is that you absolutely must have a set
stones for the brightness levels. I say so and so does the author----
believe it. This system gives you an exact grade that will allow
competent graders to arrive at the same exact grading and will end
on grading opals. Once you have this system and learn to use it
find that your "expert GIA grads" will be calling you
to tell them about
what they are trying to appraise. I have told and shown some grads
Nashville this system and they love it. The only problem is that
to a man
they refuse to get a set of reference stones to grade by so what
they do is
subjective and not based on the authors standards. I do not know
disconnect is in gia grad minds around here but it exists. As an
this I sometimes like to interpret initials . After dealing with
and the GIA home office I decided for instance that GIA stood for
Incompetent --------. I will let you fill in the blanks. You CAN
WITHOUT REFERENCE STONES. Did I mention that before? Dave Ault
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Hello all, I still have a Xristal-Tek87 for sale.
I am reducing the price
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