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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
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Issue No.75 - Thursday February 27, 2003
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Moderated by: Thurmond Moore III
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Index to Today's Digest

01  RE: Diamond Source
02  "snake eye" redux
03  RE: Gem Drill
04  RE: Tumbling soft stones


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Message:01

Subject: diamond source
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 14:56:03 -0500
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: Richard Winnick <wntrhill@somtel.com>

Hi -

I have had very, very good luck with buying diamonds in canada from an
outfit called IMPORTEX located in Montreal -

the quality and price are great and that's before the US dollar starts
working for you - when that kicks in diamonds in canada are almost a steal -

Ask for Morris at 1-800-263-2652 and tell him Richard in Maine sent you -

The usual disclaimer - I have no interest, etc. etc. etc. with importex -

Hope this helps -

Richard
Living in Maine where it's darn cold -17 this am

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Message:02

Subject: "snake eye" redux
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 16:43:13 -0500
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com (LapidaryArtsDigest)
From: Jim <jsmall47@earthlink.net>

Hi Thurmond!
Well, it has been almost a month since I asked the list if anyone knew
what "snake eye" might really be called. No one has stepped forward with
any answers, but everyone is home from Quartzite and Tucson by now, and may
have seen it in their travels. Briefly, the material supposedly comes from
Siberia, and can be described as follows: in color it is slightly less lime
green than gaspeite; in pattern it is mottled a little like lizard stone;
in texture it is somewhat jaspery except for the eyes. It has variable
hardness, so there are areas which are little better than semi-polished and
others which are brightly polished. Some of the brightly polished areas
have a chatoyancy almost like fish-scale peristerite feldspar. I only saw
this material as finished cabs, set in silver jewelry, so I don't even have
photos to share.
I've been reading extensively in the past month, and have a tentative idea
as to what it may be: some form of skarn rock, with recrystallized garnet
blebs in it. If anyone knows what it is, I would appreciate having a
confirmed identification.

Thanks,

Jim Small
Small Wonders

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Message:03

Subject: Gem Drill
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 16:15:44 -0600
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: "Henry Swan" <hankswan@earthlink.net>

Peter, I have the same model of gem drill and I use diamond core drills,
available from many different suppliers. If you have steel core drills, use
diamond and a light oil same as you would for faceting. I use modeling clay to
make a bowl and seat the stone in the clay and fill the bowl with water to just
over the top of the stone. If you are using the steel core drills with diamond
and oil, just use the clay to make a seat for the stone to hold it in place
while drilling. Use very little pressure and let the diamond do the work, takes
awhile, but makes a nice smooth hole. You need to be sure the swarf is cleared
from the hole as it is drilled or you will just keep grinding the same material
over and over.  Hope this helps.

Hank Swan, in a cold Corpus Christi (but it will be in the 70s for the
weekend!)

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Message:04

Subject: Steatite (Soapstone)
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 16:27:23 -0600
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: "Henry Swan" <hankswan@earthlink.net>

Tyler, Try the following website.
http://www.blackpearlsoapstone.com

Hank Swan, in Corpus Christi



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Subject: Subject add
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 15:47:26 -0500
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "RICHARD P ROSENTHAL" <kenaii@earthlink.net>

Date Febuary 6th /03      
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