INTERNATIONAL FACETER'S ASSOCIATION
IFA FACETER'S DIGEST
Vol. 2, Issue No. 164 - Tuesday October 22, 2002
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"Making the world sparkle, one stone at a time."
Index to Today's Digest
01 Re: heating of topaz
02 Jubilee Project Update
03 amboy field trip
04 fire agate?
05 Hello From Maine..........brrrrrrrrrrr
06 IFA Field Trip
Subject: Re: heating of topaz
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 19:03:32 -0500
From: Downey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: heating of topaz
> Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2002 22:37:32 -0700 (PDT)
> To: email@example.com
> From: sajjad ali <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Hi everybody,
> I have a lot of Topaz, and I
> wanted to heat it. If someone help me in this line,
> and give me a detail information by email.
> Or someone have second hand book about enhancement of
> jemstone or other informations please I shall pay to
> them. They should sent me their book on my postal
> address by V,P post. Thank you.
> Sajjad Ali
> My email is email@example.com
> My postal add.. Sajjad Ali c/o Murad Ali shinwari
> Ashraf Khel Landi Kotal
> Khyber Agency NWFP
If you are trying to alter 'white' (clear) topaz to blue ,I believe
must first be irradiated to brown, then heat treated to blue.
others here will have more details.
1 Lucky Texan
Subject: Jubilee Project Update
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 02:06:52 +0100
From: Michael Hing <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Update on the Jubilee Project: Hilmar Bosch has prepared a catalogue
stones to pick from. If you e-mail him on email@example.com
(mentioning the "Jubilee Project"), he'll send you details
of prices and
weights, and a photo of the rough by the piece. To get the best
better e-mail him quick! The gems are a very rich red-orange colour
which didn't come out well in the picture, but you will get the
The runaway winner of the design contest was Jeff Graham's Classic
cut. No other design even came close, the others only polled a
of votes each. My design came last... with one vote (gee, wonder
that was! Didn't anyone else like it at all?!).
However, I still have to see if Jeff Graham will grant us permission
use the design. Presumably some of us have purchased his design
but others haven't. If not, then we'll have to re-think.
When you receive your stones, please don't start cutting them
get organised. If you get two stones, then it probably makes sense
you to cut a matched pair. The people cutting individual stones
need to be paired up.
Subject: Amboy Field Trip
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 18:16:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: Dave Thompson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thank you, Paul, I had a blast! That was my first collecting
trip with any real organization, and it was a lot of fun. It was
nice meeting everyone there (we had a total of 10), too. We collected
pretty steadily for about 5 hours. As for the Peridot, the best
I found was 8.0ct and should cut a nice medium green stone in
range. Definitely a keeper! After that, things got rapidly smaller,
but I found a few that will cut 3-4mm stones. All total, I picked
just under 90ct of Peridot, most of which is clean but well below
I'll try to get some pics up in the near future.
Subject: fire agate?
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 22:33:03 -0700
From: "Larry McCoy" <email@example.com>
Hi gang, I am trying to get contact information for the "Opal
agate mine that is located just west of Blythe. I used to go there
when the owner was a lady named Helan Madden.
thanks for any help
Subject: Hello From Maine..........brrrrrrrrrrr
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 07:27:02 -0400
From: "kulaczp" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
We had a great summer mining for beryl and amethyst here in Maine.
Channel found out about the Deerhill Digs and will be coming to
Maine to do
a story about it. Did not get into major carat quantities but
pockets with smokey and amethyst mixes plates and crystals.
I came across a find of (1) sphalerite crystal from Spain, huge
quality. If you would like to see it visit the listed link below.
nice to be back on line with you guys, did not do much cutting
, but have
plenty of rough now for 5 winters work..
Peter in Maine
Subject: IFA Field Trip
From: Paul Ahlstedt
Our field trip to Dish Hill this weekend was a good one, we had
some very nice
peridots collected - many of which were true prizes in the 10ct.
nice apple green.
We all met at the gas station in Amboy Saturday morning, with
the exception of
George whom caught up with us later. We then caravaned out to
the site, and
those that had four wheel drive drove to the site once we left
the road. We
then spread out searching for peridot, and the field investigation
about 4 hours from 7:30am to 1:30pm. Dave Thompson was the "big
the day as he collected some true whoppers that will cut very
We were also fortunate to find out that Patty Miklik is a degreed
and she answered many of the questions we had about the geology
of the area.
After the trip, Don invited us over to his mobil home which was
parked out in
the desert for margaritas. Sue and I had a nice visit with Don
and family and
friend, and I am also grateful for their immediate first aid when
I had a bit
of a choking problem due to a rather large hunk of salt which
was lodged in my
throat from the margarita glass rim - a fast move for a bottle
of water cured
the problem in no time short! LOL!
After that, Sue and I headed back home in her 4x4, and Sue took
photographs of the area and our group for the web. All things
however, my greatest find this weekend was a group of truly nice
people that I
hope will be friends with Sue and I for a long time to come. I
have to thank
all of them from coming along, and especially Don's wife who celebrated
birthday that day with us in the field collecting peridot.
The whole time we were there, NOBODY asked a single faceting
question of me.
that is how enthusiastic everyone was and concentrating on finding
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RESOURCES FOR GEMOLOGISTS ~
Accredited Gemologists Association, http://aga.polygon.net/
American Gem Society, (AGS) 702-255-6500
American Gem Trade Association, (AGTA) http://www.agta.org
Gemmological Assc. & GTL / Great Britain, http://www.gagtl.ac.uk/gagtl
Gemmological Association of Australia, http://www.gem.org.au
Gemological Institute of America, (GIA) http://www.gia.edu.giagem
International Gem Society (IGS) web site is: http://www.gemsociety.org
International Colored Gemstone Association, http://www.gemstone.org
FACETING GUILDS (Alphabetically, World) ~
*Charleston Faceting Guild, South Carolina, email@example.com.
*Columbia-Willamette Faceter's Guild, http://www.facetersguild.com/
*Danish Faceters Guild, http://medlem.spray.se/danfacet/
*East/Central Florida:Tomoka Gem and Mineral Society's Faceters
Don Cameron: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Eastern Mass Faceter's Group, email@example.com
*Faceter's Forum Society-LaPorte, IN VESteele@aol.com
*Faceter's Guild of N. California, Wayne Meissner, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Faceter's Guild of S. California, Jerry W. Carroll, (818)348-6327
*Intermountain Faceter's Guild, Carl M. Unruh, (360)385-3753
*Midwest Faceter's Guild, E-mail: email@example.com
*Mid-Williamette Faceters Guild, Albany, Oregon, Michael E. Bumcrot;
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*Moreton Bay is a branch of the Australian Facetors' Guild, Brisbane,
*New Mexico Faceter's Guild, Nancy Attaway, firstname.lastname@example.org
*North Puget Sound Faceting Guild, Keith Wyman, email@example.com
*Tacoma Faceting Guild, Chuck Bloch firstname.lastname@example.org
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REFLECTIONS AND TIDBITS:
HOW TO STAY YOUNG
1. Throw out non-essential numbers. This includes age,
weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why
you pay him/her.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts,
gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. " An idle
the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only
person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE
while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's
family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your
home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is
unstable,improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next
county,to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
May you feel the magic in your life every day, and learn to be
magic in every moment.
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Rose Malaya Garnet - deep red, eye clean african material - 1
kg available -
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Red Zircon - eye clean african material - 300g available - $2.00/gram
take the entire 300 grams
Spessartite Orange Garnet - slightly to moderately included African
material - Ranges from 1.5 - 3 cts size - $7.50 per gram if you
entire 300 grams
I have put pictures of the rough and stones cut from it on the
check it out at: http://www.wintershill.com/rough
You can email me (Richard) for more info or ?'s at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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We serve hand-select (and bulk/parcels, too!), affordable, quality
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Hello all, I still have a Xristal-Tek87 for sale. I am reducing
because I really have to sell this fine machine. I have cut maybe
on it. It is basically brand new and in perfect condition. It
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IFA Faceters Digest Members:
I am now accepting cutting orders for high quality American Facetting
specializing in Barions and Portuguese Cuts as well as repairs.
32 have been cutting for 15 years and have been recently laid
my company where I was a medical software salesman. So now it's
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Diamond cutting and repair available two, including recutting
chipped melee. Please contact Tyler Allen Atlanta GA
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sponsorship), Oct.19-20.02, 8 AM-5 PM.
MINERAL & GEM COLLECTION
KNOWLEDGE - MODERN EQUIPMENTS - BEST QUALITY
Canaveral Mineral & Gem Society is again presenting
our yearly gem show, the Parade of Gems, November 23rd and 24th
Melbourne auditorium, 625 E Hibiscus Blvd in Melbourne, FL, from
6PM. Admission is $3, with kids under 12 admitted free.
Tomoka Gem and Mineral Society's annual show will be held on
Dec. 14 and 15 at
the Volusia County Fairgrounds, located on state route 44 in Deland,
Fairgrounds are 1 mile east of interstate route 4 at exit 118.
We will have at
least one showcase of faceted gems done by our members. Thank
you, John Withey
Oct 19-20 Open 10 AM El Cajon Valley Gem & Mineral
Society " Treasures of the Earth " show. Masonic Temple
Ballantyne St, El Cajon.
Donation: Adults $2.50 Exhibits, Dealers, Demonstrations, Free
Identification. For more local info contact 619-444-3183
Plenty of facet rough will be available
FACETERS SYMPOSIUM 2003
Presented by the Faceter's Guild of Southern California
At the Seaside GEMboree AFMS/CFMS Convention & Show
Ventura, California June 6-7-8, 2003
You are invited to participate in the Faceters
Symposium 2003 which will be held at the Seaside Park
(Ventura Fairgrounds) at Ventura, California during the
AFMS/CFMS Convention & Show. The Faceters Symposium dates
are June 6th, 7th, & 8th. That is Friday, Saturday, &
Sunday. The CFMS GEMboree is on those dates as well as on
Thursday the 5th of June. All of this is at the same
location, just a hundred yards from the beach.
The Faceters Symposium will feature ten speakers, who
will have presentations covering various parts of gemstone
faceting interests. A Hospitality Hour on Friday evening
and a Saturday Awards Luncheon are also part of the
Symposium. There will be competitions at the Novice,
Advanced, & Masters levels. Get started on your
competition entry soon.
The CFMS GEMboree itself will have buildings that have
exhibits on display, dealers with their wares to offer,
demonstrators to show how it is done, and speakers with
presentations covering other lapidary fields of interest.
For information & costs regarding the Faceters
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IFA FACETER'S DIGEST PERSONALS:
CALIFORNIA (Southern): All persons in the Greater Riverside area
Southern California) are invited to attend our faceting classes
togethers" which are held once per month. If you would like
to join us and
meet fellow faceters, please contact me anytime at: email@example.com
KANSAS: If anyone in the central portion of the country from
to Wichita to Kansas City would be interested in forming something
Flatland Facet Guild or some such name give me a line at
Larry W. Davis
ILLINOIS - MISSOURI (Central Area, hubed around St. Louis, Missouri)
group of 4 faceters have met and we had a great time. We intend
again and would like to have fellow faceters join our group. I
email from another Newbie that expressed interest in attending
our next get
together. Faceters from any and all areas are welcome... It's
swell to meet
personally and exchange tips and hints! COME JOIN OUR GROUP! It's
Doug Smith, Alton, IL .at: firstname.lastname@example.org
INDIANA: I moved to Valparaiso, (Northwest) Indiana, about three
Are there any clubs in this area? or is there anyone interested
one? I do faceting and some cabbing. Not much here but cornfields.
scenery, but I get sooooooo lonely. LOL Let me know. (Bill) "William
S.E. LOUISIANA: Anyone in or around the New Orleans, LA area
form a club or have get togethers for faceting, discussions, cabbing,
procurement, etc. Please contact me via email @ email@example.com.
Bird - Chalmette, LA)
MISSISSIPPI: If anyone is near Meridian Mississippi and would
in forming some kind of club or just get together with faceting
cabbing please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks, Jim
TEXAS: Anyone in the Corpus Christi or Coastal Bend area that
in starting a local faceter's guild contact me at: email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 361-857-2405 (days) or 361-992-1296
WASHINGTON DC.(Rockville Md area) Looking for folks to get together
occasionally to facet. I have just started faceting and am also
in sphere making (infinate # of facets) Robert Winfield
Lurking is fine, but participation is more fun!! Get involved!!
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