Issue No. 80 - Thursday March 06, 2003
Moderated by: Thurmond Moore III
Committed to carrying on the fine works of
Hale Sweeny and Jerry Dewbre


From the Moderator:  The Faceters Symposium looks like
a great meeting to attend. Glen I hope you are going to
get at least some of the Symposium on Video tape for use
by gem and mineral clubs.

Index to Today's Digest

02  RE: Faceters Symposium 2003
03  RE: Faceters Symposium 2003
04  RE: "Optix" faceting
05  RE: Disposing of Cerium Oxide Waste
06  RE: Disposing of Cerium Oxide Waste


Presented by the Faceters Guild of Southern California
At the combined CFMS/AFMS Seaside Gemboree Show
Ventura, California
June 6, 7, 8, 2003

(Listed Alphabetically)

THOMAS CHATHAM..The son of discoverer Carroll Chatham
is the current President and director of Chatham Created Gems. 
Tom will let us in on some of the facts surrounding the methods
and events that have made it possible for Chatham to be the
leader in the art and science of Created Gems since 1938, when
his father created the first laboratory grown gem quality emerald.

EWING EVANS.."KISS, Keep It Simple Stupid " is the title.  This
three-time individual top-scoring competition Facetor of the World
will give a presentation, about what he knows better than anyone
how to POLISH a competition gemstone.

DR. ANTHONY (Tony) KAMPF..The Curator of Gems and Minerals
at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has guided
many trips to various gem areas.  He will tell us about his favorite
destination, the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil.

ART KAVAN.."The Basics of Competition Cutting and the Use of
Mechanical and Optical Aids " is the title.  This award winning team
member in the Australian IFC competition will give us information on
understanding the basics of cutting an excellent/or competition gemstone.

RALPH MATHEWSON..This award-winning Australian IFC competition
Facetor will give a presentation on his unique and non-subjective method
of fairly scoring the work of  competition Faceters.  His system removes
the problem of judges who are biased.

JONATHAN (Gearloose) ROLFE..The man who has brought the amazing
BATT lap to the faceting world will have a Powerpoint presentation on
"Effects of Surface Complexity (Fractal Geometry) to Polishing Lap Performance."  
This will be a major contribution to the understanding of polishing mechanics.

ROBERT STRICKLAND..The man who has made it possible for Faceters
to become facet-cut designers will give a presentation about his latest
and well-received Windows version of Gemcad.

STEVE ULATOWSKI..The head of New Era Gems constantly travels to
gem mine areas of the World.  His company supplies much of that great
faceting rough that all Faceters want.  We will hear about some of the trials
and tribulations of going to the gem mine areas.
CARL UNRUH..Carl will give us a speaking presentation along with view
graphs of the processes he goes through to facet a 560 carat piece of
rough citrine.

PANEL OF EXPERTS PRESENTATION..This will be a question and
answers presentation, where any of the attending Faceters can raise a
faceting question of their own choosing.  Then, the other Faceters and
our Panel of Experts will discuss the subject.

TWO SPECIAL GUESTS..We are honored to have as two additional
members on our Panel of Experts, FRED VAN SANT and GLENN VARGAS. 
Here is your chance to meet these two faceting legends of our time.

HOSPITALITY HOUR..There will be a Hospitality Hour on Friday evening. 
This is your chance to speak face to face with our speakers, and the other
Faceters that have traveled from many far off areas.

AWARDS LUNCHEON..Enjoy a great lunch, and see who the winners
are of the Novice, Advanced, and Master competitions.  Also learn who
had the most "Beautiful Gem."  Get to meet and talk to more Faceters,
who you have only heard about before.

FACETING MACHINES..Our Symposium room will also have two tables
filled with the products of two of the best known and used faceting
machines manufacturers.  FACETRON and ULTRA-TEC will have
representatives there for you to talk to.

UNITED STATES FACETERS GUILD..The Faceters Guild of Southern
California offered the Symposium room for use of the USFG to hold a
General Meeting of members and other interested Faceters.  The USFG
has accepted this offer.  ART KAVAN will chair the USFG meeting Sunday

COMPETITIONS..There will be competitions for the Novice, Advanced,
and Masters levels.  Start work on your entry now.  Time is getting short!  
In addition, there will be a fun contest, where everyone is encouraged to
bring in their most "Beautiful Gem."  The attendees at the Symposium will
do the judging, by looking at the case full of gems and then marking their
ticket with the number of the gem that they think is the most Beautiful. 
The gem that gets the most votes will be the winner.

As everyone can see, this is an outstanding list of speakers and presenters. 
Nothing on this scale has ever been presented in the faceting world before. 
If you would like more information about entrance fees, hotels, competition
requirements, etc. just ask for the Packet, and send your snail mail address to:

Glenn Klein, Chairman  ..email:   glennklein@yahoo.com
24001 Muirlands Blvd. Space #79
Lake Forest, CA 92630                  


Subject: Faceters Symposium 2003
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2003 08:38:00 -0800 (PST)
To: faceters@caprock-spur.com
From: Glenn Klein <glennklein@yahoo.com>

Hi All:

Teresa is right about crossing the street from the Faceters Symposium 2003 at Ventura and
being on the beach.  I do not know about just which stretch of beach has the most chances
for a find of Whalebone, but I know that the Seaside GEMboree Show Committee will have a
couple of rock hound tours during the days of the June 5 through June 8 combined CFMS and
AFMS show.  One tour will be down the beach somewhere, where Whalebones can be found, and
another tour up into the hills where fossils of some kind can be found.

Of course take part in those events if you want to, but do not let it interfere with your
attending the Faceters Symposium 2003 on the days of June 6 through June 8.  Faceting is
more important than fossils, don't you all agree?

Glenn Klein, Chairman

Faceters Symposium 2003

a packet of information for your snail address              


Subject: Faceters Symposium 2003
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2003 08:54:39 -0800 (PST)
To: faceters@caprock-spur.com
From: Glenn Klein <glennklein@yahoo.com>

Hello Everyone:

When did you last attend a Rock and Gem Show and find lots of cases displayed that were
full of faceted stones?  It has been years since I have seen a show where there were even
four or five cases shown.  Nobody wants to go to the work to fill a case with good stones,
and enter the case in competition.  It used to be common, especially at the larger shows. 
The last couple of shows that I have attended, there were no cases of faceted stones at
all, whether for display or competition.  Hope this changes soon....and it will in June. 
Not everyone wants to just work towards cutting an entry for a single-stone competition.

At the Seaside GEMboree and during the Faceters Symposium 2003, there will be at least TEN
cases of faceted stones on display, some entered in competition.  There will be three two
by four foot cases just to house the collection of Floyd Zukas (a member of the Faceters
Guild of Southern California).  Floyd will have his Replica's of Famous Stones occupying
those three cases.  His collection was cut over a ten year period.  He now has 120 stones

Interesting things are going to be happening at Ventura during the first week in June.   BE

Glenn Klein, Chairman

Faceters Symposium 2003                 


Subject: Re: Issue No.77 - Monday March 03, 2003
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2003 03:24:56 EST
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: Webgemmes@aol.com

<< Message:06

 Subject: "Optix" faceting
 Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2003 21:24:01 -0500
 To: <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
 From: "Tom Wilkie" <twilkie@mounet.com>

 Someone asked me what the optix faceting method is.  I have no
 Tom Wilkie
 Kingsport Tennessee >>

According to their adds in february lapidary Journal, "optix" seems to use
concave culet facets instead of plain flat facet.
I did not check if the result is as fantastic as they pretend ...


Subject: Re: Issue No.79 - Wednesday March 05, 2003
Date: Wed, 05 Mar 2003 20:11:27 -0500
To: LapidaryArtsDigest <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: Kreigh Tomaszewski <Kreigh@Tomaszewski.net>

LapidaryArtsDigest wrote:
> 01  RE: Disposing of Cerium Oxide
> 02  RE: Disposing of Cerium Oxide
> 03  RE: Disposing of Cerium Oxide

Throw a little alum from your spice shelf into the cerium oxide water.
Water filtation systems often use alum as a clumping agent to remove
suspended sediment.


Subject: RE: Issue No.79 - Wednesday March 05, 2003
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2003 15:26:41 -0500
To: "LapidaryArtsDigest" <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Naomi Sarna" <nsarna@earthlink.net>

Very funny, guys; Paxil sounds great! Tumbling results are starting to
improve and so is my equanimity. Thanks for paper bags and chicken wire.
Another question: if you have only a few rocks to be tumbled, which is
better - lots of filler, or very small tumblers?  I have a gallon size and
1/2 gallon. Thanks again.  Naomi in New York









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