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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
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Issue No.25 - Wednesday December 11, 2002
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Moderated by:
Thurmond Moore III & Fred Ward (Gemology)
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Committed to carrying on the fine works started
by Hale Sweeny and Jerry Dewbre
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Click a link below to post to the list:
for faceting questions faceters@caprock-spur.com
for lapidary questions lapidary@caprock-spur.com
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From the Moderator:

Hi all,

Thanks for the many fine post today. Soon much
of the content that is repeated in each daily digest
will be moving off the digest and onto the website.
This move will "clean up" the look of the list a bit and
will save bandwidth, hard drive and mailbox space for
everyone receiving the list. There will still be links to
relocated content in each digest.

Also I would like to toss out a faceting question:

What hints does anyone have concerning orientation
of dichroic rough? Tourmaline for example.

Thurmond

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Index to Today's Digest

Lapidary Messages:
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01 Re: Opal Fire
02 Re: Opal Fire
03 LABRADORITE CABS?
04 Quartzite
05 thanks
06 For sale

Faceting Messages:
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07 Problem with misalignment
08 Facetron upgrade
09 New Subscriber Bio
10 Trade Wanted

Business Section:
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11 Marketing Cut stones, Internet vs non Internet

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LAPIDARY DISCUSSION:

Message:01

Subject: Re: Opal
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 12:29:55 -0800
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com (LapidaryArtsDigest)
From: Don Rogers <Don@Campbell-gemstones.com>

At 01:39 PM 12/10/02 -0600, you wrote:
>Does anyone have a fool proof method of getting more fire to show in opal?

Mel, there used to be a saying in our family that goes "you can't make a
silk purse out of a sow's ear". In other words, if the opal doesn't have a
good band of fire, there is nothing you can do to improve it. What you do
have control over though is approaching the fire. Most Australian opals
show fire best on the thin direction of the band. This makes cutting
larger stones a problem for these stones unless you are lucky to get a very
thick band. Most will show some fire on the flats of the band. The fire
might be directional, IE stronger from the right than from the left. Also
the band might face up differently depending on which side of the band you
chose for the face. It is good to study the individual piece and look at
the band. You hope there are chips on the rough that allow you to see the
band from different perspectives. Once you locate the direction to cut,
then cut the top of the stone flat to the color. You can dome it later if
you want, but some stones will not take to a domed top. You get a bulls
eye effect on the color.

If the band is very thin, you can always make a doublet from it. Here you
want the band to be very thin. Noel Rowe had a very good article on
cutting doublets a couple years ago in the Lapidary Journal. One point on
the doublets, you want the fire band thin. The thicker it is, the more
cloudy it is. On a solid opal, the reverse is true.

Don

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Message:02

Subject: Re: Issue No.24 - Tuesday December 10, 2002
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 15:49:26 EST
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: Send2mail@aol.com

More "Foolproof" fire in opal....Hmm... Let me offer an off the top of my
head theory

You might want to consider a type of faceting technique, whereby you not only
dome / cabochon a gemstone, but rather freeform the piece, implementing the
possible color depth layers within the opal stone, in various ways, in order
to get more plays of fire.....This sometimes works for certain agate and
jasper patterns and their changing colors and it may work on opal as well ?

The ONLY REAL "FOOLPROOF" way of getting more fire from opal is, to hand
select the opal for its fire...

However, you almost always pay a foolproof higher price !

Good Luck and let me know if the freeforming of color depths technique
works.....

RocknLight@aol.com
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Message:03

Subject: LABRADORITE CABS?
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 16:24:42 -0600
To: Lapidary Arts <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: gembin <gembin@spiff.net>

Hi All,

I have cabbed a lot of various stones, but never iridescent Labradorlite from
Madagascar (a form of Plagioclase Feldspar). I have 2 slabs 35 mm X 45 mm X 12
mm. On each slab.... One side and 2 of the adjacent edges are polished. The
other side and 2 adjacent edges appear to be rough sawed (or cleaved?). These
slabs show beautiful iridescence of blues, greens, yellows and golds with black
needle like lines or veins running helter skelter through it. (I had 3 slabs,
but someone thought it was pretty enough to steal one slab at the flea market
last month! First thing I've had stolen at the flea market in 10 years!)
Anyway....

When viewing the polished side (of the slab), the iridescence shows best if the
light source is above the polished long edge of the slab. When viewing the rough
sawed side (of the slab), the iridescence shows best if the light source is at a
45 degree angle above the sawed side of the slab. Should I orientate as I do for
cabbing opal?

Do any of you have any special tips on cabbing Labradorlite to get the best play
of iridescent when cabbed for rings or pendants? Also any tips on grinding, pre
- polishing and polishing? What polish do you use?

Doug "Rhodolite" Smith
Alton, Illinois, USA
http//www.spiff.net/~gembin

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Hi Doug, I have cut some spectrolite that turned out beyond my wildest dreams but
my chunk of labradorite remains uncut. I have seen it sawn two ways. The first is
like you state where the light source is at a 45 degree angle. This way seems to
work best for pendant stones. Just stand the slab vertically with the room light on
and orient for best color. The other way I have seen it cut is where best color shows
when the light is striking the surface at 90 degrees from the plane of the slab. This orientation
seems to be best for ring or bracelet stones. The spectrolite I cut was roughed in at
260, then worn 325 on a rubber padded lap, 600, 1200, 14,000 diamond.


Thurmond

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Message:04

Subject: Quartzite.
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 14:56:29 -0800
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Thomas M. Donahue" <oldcrow@oregonfcu.com>

Hi all,

Does anyone know what shows are going to be at Quartzite this coming
year and what the dates will be? It's been a few years since we been
there. I understand that the Cloud show is no longer there. How
about the Pow Wow.

Tom Donahue oldcrow@oregonfcu.com

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Message:05

Subject: thanks
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 16:30:44 -0600
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Vernon Matthews" <matthews@bhil.com>

Thanks, Thurmond, for giving us another forum for the entire lapidary
hobby. I, personally, want to do faceting....but the bulk of my
jewelery making involves lapidary.
Thanks.........Vern Matthews

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Thanks Vern, I am just trying to continue the fine work started by those before me.

Thurmond

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Message:06

Subject: For sale
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 12:58:24 -0800
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: crclink@juno.com

I've lowered the price on my large lapidary unit to $700 which includes a
lot of extras and I'll even throw in the table it is sitting on. A
lapidary friend in Salem tells me this is a real good buy for somebody.
If I don't sell it by Xmas then I'll move it from Salem, OR to SC with
me.
Ruth
crclink@juno.com

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FACETING DISCUSSION:


Message:07

Subject: Problem with misalignment
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 11:21:44 -0800
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Jill St. Michael" <jsdp@san.rr.com>

Hi all,

I'm finally getting around to asking this question, mostly because I would
like to facet another stone, but am discouraged over some odd recurring
problem with misalignment. When cutting a SRB, we encounter the same
problem with a misaligned table. Our normal procedure is to preform the
girdle, cut the pavilion, then transfer and begin cutting the table. The
problem becomes apparent after the girdle and star facets have been cut and
we begin to flatten the table. Though the girdle remains even, there is no
symmetry in the table. It's off-center and cuts into the star facets deeply
on one side, never touching the opposite side.

We initially assumed the problem was a shift during transfer, or at some
other stage while faceting. But every solution ends up being no solution at
all and we end up with yet another crooked table. This is very discouraging
and is interfering with my joy and enthusiasm! Every time I want to cut a
stone I think "what for? to facet a gem with a crooked table?!"

We're using a Raytech-Shaw we've had for about 7 months and would welcome
any feedback. Anyone else ever encounter this perpetual problem?

Thanks in advance!

Jill St. Michael and Ray Gaetan
(in sunny Southern Cal)
http://www.rrgaetan.com

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Hi Jill, Is the plane of the handpiece platform parallel to the plane of the lap?
If I am thinking correctly then a left or right tilt would cause what you describe
without any effect on other facets other than a slight angular offset from the
actual setting on the handpiece.

Thurmond

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Message:08

Subject: Facetron upgrade
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 17:30:28 -0500
To: "Lapidary Arts-faceting" <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Rock Peddler" <rockpeddler@attbi.com>

Jarvi Tool Co, the makers of the Facetron, has informed me that after some
months of developemnt and testing they are now offering the Facetron with a
dial indicator. This will replace the sensor needle. For the present time
the Facetron is available both ways, either with the sensor needle, or the
dial indicator. The price of the new model is higher. They have also
upgraded the water tank to one with a better valve. Present owners wishing
to upgrade their machines to a dial indicator may contact Jarvi at
714-774-9104.
Jeanne Ridolfi - Rock Peddler
www.rockpeddler.com, www.facetinglaps.com, our special lap discount site
800-416-4348; M-F, 10am - 5pm, eastern time

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Message:09

Subject: New subscriber bio...
From: "Douglas Turet" <anotherbrightidea@hotmail.com>
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 11:47:21 -0500


Hi Thurmond,

I was referred to your list, yesterday, by my good friend, great
supplier and equally "certifiable" lapidary, Rob Kulakofsky. Since I don't
think we've previously met, either "live" or online, here's a bit about me
"for the files":
I'm in my forties, both a professional and long-time amateur faceter,
carver and cabber, and am currently cross-training in precious
metalsmithing, in order to "piggyback" a jewelry designing career off of my
lapidary art one. As my childhood property abutted a well known collecting
site (the "old Bedford pegmatite quarry" pictured in the back of Fred
Pough's old "Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals"), you could say that I've
been up to my eyeballs in rocks, minerals and gems since about the age of
five, and have been cutting them as a hobby since my 12th birthday (and
professionally, on and off since about the age of 14).
As far as equipment/preferences, (etc.) go, I use an old Ultra Tec V2
(ca. 1987) and an older Lee, as circumstances dictate, and a Hi-Tech carving
station, along with assorted other tools and jigs, have faceted and cabbed
pretty much everything this side of Maw-sit-sit and Kornerupine, at one time
or another. I love almost anything that's optically phenomenal, and would
rather cut Beryls, Tourmalines, Corundums and Garnets than just about
anything else on the planet. By the same token, I'm "not the biggest fan" of
faceting or cabbing Spodumenes, Kyanites or Blue Topazes since, even after
having cut literally thousands of stones, their cleavages still can lead me
in the direction of "indelicate vocabulary". (Diplomatic, aren't I?). Last,
but not least, if anyone has a question that I might be able to help out
with, please don't hesitate to ask; I serve as a Mentor on another list, and
enjoy helping out almost as much as learning... sometimes considerably more!
Well, that's about all there is to print. I look forward to reading your
posts. Until then,

All the best,
Doug

Douglas Turet, GJ
Lapidary Artist, Designer & Goldsmith.
Turet Design
P. O. Box 162
Arlington, MA 02476
Tel. (617) 325-5328
Fax: (928) 222-0815
Email: anotherbrightidea@hotmail.com

_______

Welcome Douglas, We look forward to your inputs to the list. What a lucky
childhood.

Thurmond

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Message:10

Subject: Trade Wanted
From: "Douglas Turet" <anotherbrightidea@hotmail.com>
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 11:47:21 -0500

Hi everyone,

I have a lap I'm hoping to swap with someone on the list, in exchange
for faceting rough. The lap in question is a Crystalite 260-mesh "Dot Disc"
WITHOUT CENTER HOLE (ideal for someone who cuts on either a Facetron,
Crystalite "Crystal Master" or any brand of 8" cabbing equipment with a
1/4"x20 tapped screw holder at arbor's end). I'd received this as payment
for some faceting lessons, last summer, and which has only been gently used
once (literally). This lap is great for speedy stock removal, especially of
large, included areas of rough. The reason I'm unloading it is that it fits
neither my Ultra Tec nor Lee faceters, nor my 6" cabbing setup. (Sure does
make a nice paperweight, though!)
At last check, laps like this listed around $150 and sold around $90;
I'm looking for one or more nice pieces of faceting rough, to total ~$75, or
thereabouts. (Beryls, fancy (orange, pink, green or yellow) Garnets, nodular
Tourmalines and clean Sapphires are my first picks but, if you can use this
lap, let me know what you have and we'll take it from there.)

Many thanks, in advance,
Doug

Douglas Turet, GJ
Lapidary Artist, Designer & Goldsmith.
Turet Design
P. O. Box 162
Arlington, MA 02476
Tel. (617) 325-5328
Fax: (928) 222-0815
Email: anotherbrightidea@hotmail.com


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RESOURCES FOR LAPIDARIES ~

Hale Sweeny's Lapidary Digest Archives http://www.lapidarydigest.com/
International Lapidary Association http://www.gemcutters.org


RESOURCES FOR FACETER'S ~

Facetron: http://www.facetron.com/
Graves: http://www.rockhounds.com/graves/
MDR: http://www.mdr-facet.com/
Polymetric: http://www.polymetricinc.com/
Ultra-tec: http://www.ultratec-facet.com
Fac-Ette Manufacturing Company: (910)256-9248
http://www.fac-ette.com/ 800-336-9248.
Raytech Industries: http://www.raytech-ind.com
Rock Peddler: 1-800-416-4348 / www.rockpeddler.com

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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

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FACETING GUILDS (Alphabetically, World) ~

*Charleston Faceting Guild, South Carolina, wmcnay@mindspring.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 Guild,
Don Cameron: ghgemcutter@earthlink.net
*Eastern Mass Faceter's Group, rockpeddler@attbi.com
*Faceter's Forum Society-LaPorte, IN VESteele@aol.com
*Faceter's Guild of N. California, Wayne Meissner, lklomp@cnetech.com
*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: tgibbs@compuserve.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,
Queensland. http://cwpp.slq.qld.gov.au/afg
*New Mexico Faceter's Guild, Nancy Attaway, attaway@highfiber.com
http://www.attawaygems.com/NMFG
*North Puget Sound Faceting Guild, Keith Wyman, tfw@fidalgo.net
*Tacoma Faceting Guild, Chuck Bloch chuck_b@prodigy.net
*Texas Faceter's Guild, Jill Rowlands, gemsbyj@aol.com
*Seattle Faceting Club (LeonardBahr@prodigy.net)
*United States Faceting Guild (Keith Wyman, tfw@fidalgo.net)
http://www.usfacetersguild.org/events.shtml
*Vancouver Island Faceters' Guild - British Columbia, Canada.
wrheitland@shaw.ca

(Add your faceting organization here, US or International - Write to
( owner-lapidary@caprock-spur.com or owner-faceters@caprock-spur.com )

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TODAY'S FUNNY ~

ODE TO A SPELL CHECKER
by Jerrold H Zar

I have a spelling checker.
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it's weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a bless sing.
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when aye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too be a joule.
The checker pours o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore a veiling checker's
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if we're lacks oar have a laps,
We wood bee maid to wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know fault's with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
it does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped word's fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should bee proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaw's are knot aloud.

Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas,
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want too pleas.

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REFLECTIONS AND TIDBITS:

" Those who have no discipline, die without honor."

--- Author Unknown ---

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BUSINESS SECTION:

Message:11

Subject: sales
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 06:33:07 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "roger burress" <forensicpsydr.b@iol24.com>

Having amassed a stock of cut material, we now focus on how best to market
the cut stones. Could anybody share their experiences using the web vs.
local non-internet marketing to sell your stones?
Thanks much for you time
Best wishes to everyone for the holidays
Roger Burress


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CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS:


I've lowered the price on my large lapidary unit to $700 which includes a
lot of extras and I'll even throw in the table it is sitting on. A
lapidary friend in Salem tells me this is a real good buy for somebody.
If I don't sell it by Xmas then I'll move it from Salem, OR to SC with
me.
Ruth
crclink@juno.com

12112002
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I have a lap I'm hoping to swap with someone on the list, in exchange
for faceting rough. The lap in question is a Crystalite 260-mesh "Dot Disc"
WITHOUT CENTER HOLE (ideal for someone who cuts on either a Facetron,
Crystalite "Crystal Master" or any brand of 8" cabbing equipment with a
1/4"x20 tapped screw holder at arbor's end). I'd received this as payment
for some faceting lessons, last summer, and which has only been gently used
once (literally). This lap is great for speedy stock removal, especially of
large, included areas of rough. The reason I'm unloading it is that it fits
neither my Ultra Tec nor Lee faceters, nor my 6" cabbing setup. (Sure does
make a nice paperweight, though!)
At last check, laps like this listed around $150 and sold around $90;
I'm looking for one or more nice pieces of faceting rough, to total ~$75, or
thereabouts. (Beryls, fancy (orange, pink, green or yellow) Garnets, nodular
Tourmalines and clean Sapphires are my first picks but, if you can use this
lap, let me know what you have and we'll take it from there.)

Many thanks, in advance,
Doug

Douglas Turet, GJ
Lapidary Artist, Designer & Goldsmith.
Turet Design
P. O. Box 162
Arlington, MA 02476
Tel. (617) 325-5328
Fax: (928) 222-0815
Email: anotherbrightidea@hotmail.com

12112002
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Subject: Offset Preformer for sale
Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2002 22:08:41 -0500
To: LapidaryArtsDigest <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Robert Edgar, Jr" <edgarr@mccc.edu>

Graves sells an Offset Preformer for $46.95. We have one that was used
one time. We would like to sell it for $25.00. This includes all of
the original instruction sheets and the cost of shipping to any of the
"Lower 48". Contact me offline if you are interested.
Bob Edgar GSJ Lapidary

12052002
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Subject: CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS:
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2002 16:40:35 EST
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: ACMEMINER2@aol.com

Howdy Folks!

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 America!
It will take you to some famous Tourmaline mines in Main and California. Red
Emerald in Utah. Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona for Turquoise and Peridot
on the San Carlos reservation. Sunstone in Oregon and much more!

You can see my items on my specials page at this link.

http://www.topgemsgems.com/SPECIALS.html


THANK YOU....

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Steve

12052002
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Subject: Advertisement
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2002 12:12:01 EST
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: GEMARTSERV@aol.com

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
Others $1.84
Any two $3.10
Will advise on non US delivery
Contact Jerry Newman at: gemartserv@aol.com

PS regarding the Vargas Pol-A-Gem laps: They are all gone for this season.
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
weeks!

12052002
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Subject: FS
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 23:15:39 -0500
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Tyler Allen" <t.allen@mindspring.com>

Members:
I had a Nigerian friend of mine send me some rough that he needs to blow
out. I have two kilos of Peach colored Zircon with a little red also
mostly to cut melee but there are a lot of large stones as well in the
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 of
assorted pink/red colored Tourmaline. Make offers.

Tyler Allen
770-393-2547

12022002
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Rough to Cut
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Subject: AD
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 20:50:44 -0800
To: faceters@caprock-spur.com
From: "P. Miklik" <b-daw@pacbell.net>

AVAILABLE FOR SALE
Contact b-daw@pacbell.net

ZIRCONS
Honey, red & brown zircons, 10g parcels @$20/parcel

GARNETS
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

TOURMALINES
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

SAPPHIRES
Blue, Green & Blue/Green Sapphires $35/g, eye clean-slightly
included, up to 1g.

BERYL
Blue Beryl (Aquamarine) $6/g, eye clean-slightly included crystals
Green Beryl (Emerald) $10-$50/g, eye clean-slightly included crystals,
zoned green
Cabbing Grade Aquamarine $3/g

11012002P
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laps, polishes, diamond saws, diamond blades, and general lapidary supplies
at http://www.rockpeddler.com.

09272002P
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e-mail: sales@jewelersgems.com
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diamond. http://www.jewelersgems.com/faceting_laps.htm

03222002P
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COMPETITIONS:

For All National and International Masters, Past-Masters and
World-Class Cutters:

This post is simply a reminder that in 2003 the USFG will host its
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 2001,
some of you, who are most capable - skill-wise, may not
know about the competition, and some of you may have forgotten. The
"NAFC" is an OPEN Competition. Please note: The designs and rules
can be downloaded at <http://www.usfacetersguild.org/events.shtml>.
The closing date is June 20th, 2003; the amount of time between the
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 further
information is needed, please contact me at <clmoon@pacbell.net>.

Charlie Moon

*****

Subject: First USFG faceting list design competition.
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 16:29:21 -0800
To: faceters@caprock-spur.com
From: Dan Clayton <dclayton@speakeasy.org>

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 judging
will take place at the OPLC Hobnob in Tucson in February 2003.

Publication: All entries will be posted on the USFG faceting list site
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.

RI 1.61
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.

Classes:

Individual,
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.

Team/Coached,
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. This
means Fred Van Sant or some other designer can not do a design that you
enter as your own. I encourage friends, club/guild members to enter as a
team. Do not hesitate to enter if you need some coaching. We have design
mentors who are happy to help you.

Modified,
for a public domain design or a copyrighted design that the copyright holder
gives you permission to use. You enter design with modified angles, new tiers
or deleted tiers which gives "optimum" performance as determined by ISO
total. We will post at least two very basic designs you can enhance as you
please.

Design and Cut,
design will be posted and ISO Total noted but beauty of the finished stone
will be the judging criteria. Stones will be judged at the OPLC Hobnob in
Tucson. Individual, Team/Coached and Modified designs will be judged
separately.


I hope this format will encourage design and optimization oldtimers and
newcomers to get involved and hopefully develop their skills. All
entries will be posted on the site and may drive some traffic and interest.
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.


Dan Clayton


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SHOWDATES:

~ FLORIDA


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, Florida.
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


*****

~ CALIFORNIA


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: glennklein@yahoo.com


~TENNESSEE

The Middle Tennessee Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. announces their
22nd annual "Earth Treasures" Jewelry, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show.
There will be door prizes, auctions, exhibits, demonstrations and 30
dealers from around the US.

The MTG&MS is a not-for-profit educational society, made up of local
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, Tennessee

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 gemstones

Including local Elmwood minerals from the zinc mines at Carthage and beautiful
Tennessee Paint Rock Agate from the mountains of Middle Tennessee

Demonstrations: Silversmithing, beading, wire wrapping, flint knapping and faceting

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 renowned
golden calcites from Carthage

Fossils and artifacts including dinosaur life, marine life and prehistoric arrowheads,
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.


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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST PERSONALS:


KANSAS: If anyone in the central portion of the country from Oklahoma city
to Wichita to Kansas City would be interested in forming something like the
Flatland Facet Guild or some such name give me a line at
faceter@bigfoot.com
Larry W. Davis
******

ILLINOIS - MISSOURI (Central Area, hubed around St. Louis, Missouri) A
group of 4 faceters have met and we had a great time. We intend to meet
again and would like to have fellow faceters join our group. I received an
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 FREE! ;o)
Doug Smith, Alton, IL .at: gembin@spiff.net
******

INDIANA: I moved to Valparaiso, (Northwest) Indiana, about three years ago.
Are there any clubs in this area? or is there anyone interested in starting
one? I do faceting and some cabbing. Not much here but cornfields. Nice
scenery, but I get sooooooo lonely. LOL Let me know. (Bill) "William
J.Pysnack" <wjpin@home.com>
******

S.E. LOUISIANA: Anyone in or around the New Orleans, LA area wishing to
form a club or have get togethers for faceting, discussions, cabbing,
procurement, etc. Please contact me via email @ tbird@bayouself.org. (Thom
Bird - Chalmette, LA)
*****

MISSISSIPPI: If anyone is near Meridian Mississippi and would be interested
in forming some kind of club or just get together with faceting and/or
cabbing please e-mail me at jennings@netdoor.com Thanks, Jim
*****

TEXAS: Anyone in the Corpus Christi or Coastal Bend area that is interested
in starting a local faceter's guild contact me at: hankswan@earthlink.net or
gemscc@msn.com or telephone 361-857-2405 (days) or 361-992-1296
(evenings).Hank swan
******

WASHINGTON DC.(Rockville Md area) Looking for folks to get together
occasionally to facet. I have just started faceting and am also interested
in sphere making (infinate # of facets) Robert Winfield
winfielr@inra.nimh.nih.gov
******

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