LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
Issue No.24 - Tuesday December 10, 2002
Thurmond Moore III & Fred Ward (Gemology)
Committed to carrying on the fine works started
by Hale Sweeny and Jerry Dewbre
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Index to Today's Digest
01 Opal Fire
02 Heat treating dark blue tourmalline
RESOURCES FOR LAPIDARIES
RESOURCES FOR FACETER'S
RESOURCES FOR GEMOLOGISTS
REFLECTIONS AND TIDBITS
LIST and WEBSITE INFO
Subject: Re: Issue No.23 - Monday December 9, 2002
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2002 14:51:00 EST
From: Mel Pears email@example.com
Does anyone have a fool proof method of getting more fire to show
This is in reference to a recent article in the Rock & Gem magazine.
tried almost everything without much luck. Thanks. Mel
Subject: Heat treating dark blue tourmalline
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2002 17:01:29 -0500
From: "Tyler Allen" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Someone please send me the link to Mark Liccinis Website. I have
dark blue tourmaline i need to heat treat and need the recipe. Thanks
Hi Tyler, Marks website is archived at the address below.
http://webdev.archive.org/ then enter www.liccini.com
RESOURCES FOR LAPIDARIES ~
Hale Sweeny's Lapidary Digest Archives http://www.lapidarydigest.com/
International Lapidary Association http://www.gemcutters.org
RESOURCES FOR FACETER'S ~
Fac-Ette Manufacturing Company: (910)256-9248
Raytech Industries: http://www.raytech-ind.com
Rock Peddler: 1-800-416-4348 / www.rockpeddler.com
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;
E-mail @ MBumcrot@valleyoilco.com
*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
*Texas Faceter's Guild, Jill Rowlands, email@example.com
*Seattle Faceting Club (LeonardBahr@prodigy.net)
*United States Faceting Guild (Keith Wyman, firstname.lastname@example.org)
*Vancouver Island Faceters' Guild - British Columbia, Canada.
(Add your faceting organization here, US or International - Write
( email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
TODAY'S FUNNY ~
Massachusetts Crazy Law
Children may smoke, but they may not purchase cigarettes.
Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat
of their taxi
during their shifts.
Looking for more dumb laws? Check out DumbLaws.com!
Affiliation with the Communist party is illegal.
No gorilla is allowed in the back seat of any car.
Bullets may not be used as currency.
Alcoholic drink specials are illegal.
Massachusetts liquor stores can only open on Sundays if they are
Essex, Franklin, Middlesex or Worcester counties and are within
10 miles of the
Vermont or New Hampshire borders.
It's illegal to drive Texan, Mexican, Cherokee, or Indian cattle
on a public road.
(MGL Chapter 129 Section 35)
Tomatoes may not be used in the production of clam chowder.
Hunting on Sundays is prohibited.
It is illegal to go to bed without first having a full bath.
At a wake, mourners may eat no more than three sandwiches.
Public boxing matches are outlawed.
It is unlawful to injure a football goal post, doing so is punishable
by a $200 fine.
It's illegal to keep a mule on the second floor of a building not
in a city unless there
are 2 exits. (MGL Chapter 272 section 86)
It's illegal to sell fewer than 24 ducklings at a time before May
1, or to sell rabbits,
chicks, or ducklings that have been painted a different color. (MGL
Chapter 272 Section 80D)
It's illegal to allow someone to use stilts while working on the
construction of a building.
(MGL Chapter 149 Section 129B)
Defacing a milk carton is punishable by a $10 fine.
It is illegal to frighten a pigeon.
An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay
a special license fee for
the privilege of wearing one in public.
All men must carry a rifle to church on Sunday. (Repealed)
Tattooing and body piercing is illegal. (Repealed October 2000)
Quakers and witches are banned.
Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and
It is illegal to reproach Jesus Christ or the holy ghost. (MGL
Chapter 272 section 36)
No one may take a bath without a prescription.
It is illegal for any citizen to own more than three dogs.
An old law prohibits the taking of baths on Sunday.
Duels to the death permitted on the common on Sundays provided
that the Governor is present.
Women may not wear heels over 3 inches in length while on the common.
Anyone may let their sheep and cows graze in the public gardens/commons
at any time
No more than two baths may be taken within the confines of the
No one may cross the Boston Common without carrying a shotgun in
case of bears.
It is illegal to play the fiddle.
Two people may not kiss in front of a church.
It is illegal to eat peanuts in church.
You may not walk around with a "drink".
It is illegal to shake carpets in the street, or to throw orange
peels on the sidewalk
It costs $50 extra for a permit for hurling, soccer or Gaelic football
games in a public
park on a Sunday. (section 12.20.030)
You may not have colored lights on your house if it can be seen
from Main Street.
Only white lights may be visible.
If you live on Main Street and want to paint your house, the colors
must be approved
by the historical society.
Though horses and cows are allowed on the common, dogs are prohibited.
It is illegal for two men to carry a bathtub across the town green.
One may not detonate a nuclear device in the city.
Silly string is illegal in the city limits.
It is illegal for any citizen to own more than two dogs.
It is illegal to buy, sell or possess a squirt gun.
Peeping in the windows of automobiles is forbidden.
All families must be given a hog from the town's mayor.
An ordinance prohibits the use of space guns.
In bars, it is actually illegal to "walk around" with
a beer in your hand. (Repealed)
REFLECTIONS AND TIDBITS:
" Impossibility is an opinion, not a fact."
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Subject: Offset Preformer for sale
Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2002 22:08:41 -0500
To: LapidaryArtsDigest <email@example.com>
From: "Robert Edgar, Jr" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Graves sells an Offset Preformer for $46.95. We have one that was
one time. We would like to sell it for $25.00. This includes all
the original instruction sheets and the cost of shipping to any
"Lower 48". Contact me offline if you are interested.
Bob Edgar GSJ Lapidary
Subject: CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS:
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2002 16:40:35 EST
I have a couple items that would make a great gift for the
lapidarist/collector on your shopping list this year!
Gem display cases and a great VHS video on mining gemstones in
It will take you to some famous Tourmaline mines in Main and California.
Emerald in Utah. Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona for Turquoise and
on the San Carlos reservation. Sunstone in Oregon and much more!
You can see my items on my specials page at this link.
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2002 12:12:01 EST
Books by Glenn and Martha Vargas : In time for CHRISTMAS
Faceting For Amateurs, Third Edtion $35
Diagrams Volume I $30
Diagrams Volume II $30
Diagrams Volume III $30
Descriptions of Gem Materials, Third Edition $25
Calif. residents please add 7.75% sales tax
Media mail rates: Fac. for Amat. $2.26
Any two $3.10
Will advise on non US delivery
Contact Jerry Newman at: email@example.com
PS regarding the Vargas Pol-A-Gem laps: They are all gone for this
Glenn has agreed to make more in the spring when the weather warms
up in our
desert; and will make Alumina-B as well as Cerium Oxide. I will
post to the
list when more become available. Thanks to all who ordered over
the last few
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 23:15:39 -0500
From: "Tyler Allen" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I had a Nigerian friend of mine send me some rough that he needs
out. I have two kilos of Peach colored Zircon with a little red
mostly to cut melee but there are a lot of large stones as well
parcel. Also, I have 200 grams of dark blue Indicolite Tourmaline
thats needs to be heat treated, last of all a parcel of 50 grams
assorted pink/red colored Tourmaline. Make offers.
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Rough to Cut
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 20:50:44 -0800
From: "P. Miklik" <email@example.com>
AVAILABLE FOR SALE
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Red Garnet $8/g, eye clean-slightly included
Spessartine Garnet $7.50/g, slight-moderately included
Malaya Garnet $6/g, good eye clean roughs
Tunduri Garnet $10/g, eye clean-slightly included
Pink Tourmaline $20/g, eye clean-slightly included
Red Tourmaline $10/g, slight-moderately included
Bicolor Tourmaline $15/g, eye clean
Watermelon Tourmaline $20/g eye clean
Green/Green Blue Tourmaline $10/g, eye clean roughs
Blue, Green & Blue/Green Sapphires $35/g, eye clean-slightly
included, up to 1g.
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Green Beryl (Emerald) $10-$50/g, eye clean-slightly included crystals,
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For All National and International Masters, Past-Masters and
This post is simply a reminder that in 2003 the USFG will host
first National and International Faceting Competition. It is called
the North American Faceting Challenge -- 'NAFC.' Since the designs
and rules were first published in the 2001 September Issue of the
USFG's Newsletter, and since they have not been published since
some of you, who are most capable - skill-wise, may not
know about the competition, and some of you may have forgotten.
"NAFC" is an OPEN Competition. Please note: The designs
can be downloaded at <http://www.usfacetersguild.org/events.shtml>.
The closing date is June 20th, 2003; the amount of time between
present date and June 20th, 2003 should be enough for all Master
cutters to cut the two required designs -- Fred Van Sant's "Four
Star," and Charles Covill's "Wind Wheel No. 2." If
information is needed, please contact me at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Subject: First USFG faceting list design competition.
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 16:29:21 -0800
From: Dan Clayton <email@example.com>
First USFG faceting list design competition.
Design: Hexagon or Hexagon Cushion in Colorless or Colored Topaz
Judging: Highest number for total ISO values at 0, 10, 20,30, 40
and 50 degree tilt with five degree head shadow in GemFramx will
win. Example parameters are given below to achieve this configuration.
Online designs must be submitted by January 10, 2003. Design and
cut entries should have the design posted by that date but stone
will take place at the OPLC Hobnob in Tucson in February 2003.
Publication: All entries will be posted on the USFG faceting list
and possibly on the USFG site as well. Designs may be included in
a USFG list CD. Designers maintain copyright to their designs but
must allow posting on the USFG faceting list site. Posting or publishing
elsewhere is not only permitted but encouraged.
Followup: Additional contests may be held for other shapes and
materials if there is sufficient interest and participation.
head shadow 5 degrees
ignore glare no (default)
tilt movie yes (default)
starting tilt direction 0
ending tilt direction 5 (default)
maximum tilt angle 50
tilt increment 10
suppress VGA no (default)
concave no (default)
COS files no (default)
ISO files no ( you can enter yes if you wish
but it will fill your disk )
DISP files no (default)
exit files no (default)
starting file # increment each run if you wish to save images
Values for ISO will be summed and used as ISO total.
ISO Total will be deciding factor in judging but there will be 30
points deducted for a missed meetpoint. Fractional
Special recognition will be given to most original design as determined
by team of four judges selected by Jeff Ford or delegate/s.
all work must be done by one individual. In the
case of a fractional indices or an incomplete design a design
coach will explain how the problem can be fixed and the
entry will be moved to Coached class.
more than one individual from a club, guild or area may work together
as a team. If an individual wishes coaching they may do so but most
work must be done by the entrant with only suggestions by coach.
means Fred Van Sant or some other designer can not do a design that
enter as your own. I encourage friends, club/guild members to enter
team. Do not hesitate to enter if you need some coaching. We have
mentors who are happy to help you.
for a public domain design or a copyrighted design that the copyright
gives you permission to use. You enter design with modified angles,
or deleted tiers which gives "optimum" performance as
determined by ISO
total. We will post at least two very basic designs you can enhance
Design and Cut,
design will be posted and ISO Total noted but beauty of the finished
will be the judging criteria. Stones will be judged at the OPLC
Tucson. Individual, Team/Coached and Modified designs will be judged
I hope this format will encourage design and optimization oldtimers
newcomers to get involved and hopefully develop their skills. All
entries will be posted on the site and may drive some traffic and
I think ISO Total is as good as any single value to evaluate design
performance but we will look to improve criteria in the future.
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,
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
Symposium (including competition information), your contact
is listed below. Ask for one of the Packets. Be sure to
state your snail mailing address so that a Packet can be
mailed to you.
Glenn Klein, Chairman
24001 Muirlands Blvd., Space #79
Lake Forest, CA 92630 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Middle Tennessee Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. announces
22nd annual "Earth Treasures" Jewelry, Gem, Mineral and
There will be door prizes, auctions, exhibits, demonstrations and
dealers from around the US.
The MTG&MS is a not-for-profit educational society, made up
members from around Middle Tennessee, interested in the study, collection
and understanding of minerals, the earth's geological history, jewelry
making, and the polishing of gem stones. The profit from this annual
show and sale go to fund nine (9) scholarships at regional universities,
along with two Tennessee Elementary Schooll Earth Science projects
and two middle Tennessee Senior Citizens workshop programs.
Date: December 14-15, 2002
Time: 9 AM-6 PM Saturday & 10 AM-5 PM Sunday
Place: Creative Arts Building, Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville,
Admission: $2.00 Adults, $0.50 High School Students, Under 12 free
with an adult
Contact: Will Smith (615) 366-1022 Show Chairperson
Web Site: www.mtgms.org Email: willsmith.2@comcastnet
Exhibits: Show cases of Fossils, Minerals, Jewelry, cut and polished
Including local Elmwood minerals from the zinc mines at Carthage
Tennessee Paint Rock Agate from the mountains of Middle Tennessee
Demonstrations: Silversmithing, beading, wire wrapping, flint knapping
Other activities: Hourly door prizes and silent auctions
Dealers will offer:
Gold and silver jewelry, mountings and repair
Colored gem stones & diamonds, loose or mounted in jewelry
Crystals and minerals from around the world including our local-world
golden calcites from Carthage
Fossils and artifacts including dinosaur life, marine life and
along with modern flint knapping
Tools and supplies for the above
Feel free to call if you have any questions. We appreciate your
help and support.
Roanoke Valley Mineral & Gem Society - 22nd Annual Show at
Salem Civic Center, Salem, VA 11/29-12/1/02. Thanks,Larry White
LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST PERSONALS:
KANSAS: If anyone in the central portion of the country from Oklahoma
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 received
email from another Newbie that expressed interest in attending our
together. Faceters from any and all areas are welcome... It's swell
personally and exchange tips and hints! COME JOIN OUR GROUP! It's
Doug Smith, Alton, IL .at: email@example.com
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 wishing
form a club or have get togethers for faceting, discussions, cabbing,
procurement, etc. Please contact me via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bird - Chalmette, LA)
MISSISSIPPI: If anyone is near Meridian Mississippi and would be
in forming some kind of club or just get together with faceting
cabbing please e-mail me at email@example.com Thanks, Jim
TEXAS: Anyone in the Corpus Christi or Coastal Bend area that is
in starting a local faceter's guild contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com 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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