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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
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Issue No. 132 - Wednesday May 21, 2003
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Moderated by: Thurmond Moore III
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Committed to carrying on the fine works of
Hale Sweeny and Jerry Dewbre
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From the Moderator:

Sorry about there not being a digest yesterday.
There were only 2 post and I had to work for 16
hours at my day job. (Main server crashed)

Thurmond
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Index to Today's Digest

01  RE: Bio Dolly
02  NEW:  Astorite vs. Rhodonite
03  RE: Interesting customer problem  A Thai point of view.
04  NEW: Spamming Dirtbag Alert.

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Message:01

Subject: Re: bio Dolly
Date: Mon, 19 May 2003 17:22:24 -0500
To: LapidaryArtsDigest <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: Downey <alckytxn@swbell.net>

> Message:02

> Hi all
> unlurking for a moment
> I am a complete newbie to the scene.
> Just acquired an old Ultra Tec machine, and plan on making, err, dust at
> least.
> Gems at best.
> Someday anyway.
>
> meanwhile
> I'll be lurking gathering information.
>
> Glad to be here.
>
> Dolly
> in the Fort Worth area

OH GOLLY DOLLY!!!

You should SO join the AGMC and bring your machine to the beginners
faceting class!
check; www.agmclub.org

Or come on out to the next meeting on June 3rd at 7:30 and check things out!

Carl
1 Lucky Texan


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Message:02

Subject: Astorite vs. Rhodonite
Date: Mon, 19 May 2003 19:13:34 -0700
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Jill St. Michael" <jsdp@charter.net>

We've had some recent interest in a "new" gem (cabbing) material called
"Astorite." However, I'm aware that there is some controversy over whether
this material is actually a new find, or if it is, in fact, Rhodonite. I've
done some cursory research and it certainly LOOKS like Rhodonite...  We're
considering purchasing some of the material and my primary concern is that
we represent the material accurately to our buyers.

Any experience or information provided would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
everyone!

Jill St. Michael
RRGaetan Gem Rough
http://www.rrgaetan.com

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Message:03

Subject: A Thai point of view
Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 22:51:00 +0700
To: "LapidaryArtsDigest" <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Datu Ken J." <datuken@bkk.loxinfo.co.th>

Hi Thurmond and all:

Thurmond I think I told you that I read the digest to the Thai workers
when time permits and we then have discussions about the various
subjects.

I would like to submit a few thoughts from the boys in Chanthaburi
before you close the thread on Richard and his interesting problem. The
consensus of opinion is that there was not a jeweler involved. If this
happy customer would have indeed taken his purchase for an appraisal and
was told some outlandish value and certainly nothing close to what he
paid, the normal course of events would have been his running back to
Richard saying you cheated me. It doesn't make sense on this side of the
water for someone to still give the gift after being told how much he
over-paid.
It's not an uncommon ploy for someone to pretend they had an appraisal
done when in fact they didn't. Nor is it uncommon for a happy customer
to see what kind of reaction he will get from the seller if he tells the
seller the product was appraised and the price given was much lower than
what he paid. In this case Richard said I'll give you your money back
which is probably what the guy wanted to hear and slept better that
night knowing he made the right deal after all.
It's also possible that the happy customer stopped on his way home for a
quick drink and showed the purchase to the bartender who immediately
told him he got screwed price wise when he found out how much was paid
to Richard. "My God, I could have gotten you  the same thing for $160.oo
from Sammy the jeweler. why didn't you let me know you were in the
market for an emerald" . Yeah sure, just give me a Vodka/Tonic and shut
up.

Regards,

Datu Ken

Datu Kenneth Janczak,  Bangkok, Thailand
Tel/Fax/Mes.Ctr:  + (66 2) 573 7669
Mobile: + (66  6) 050 5473      24/7
Chanthaburi Factory: + (66 39) 312 241
U.S. Fax No:  (775) 860 3568
"Love all, Serve all"

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Message:04

Subject: Spamming Dirtbag Alert.
Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 21:36:03 -0400
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com (LapidaryArtsDigest)
From: "Jonathan L. Rolfe" <webmaster@gearloose.com>

Boycott requested.


From: "Artigas Minerals" <taminvestiment@adinet.com.uy>
To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
Subject: Big Offer ! ! !
Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 22:13:44 -0300


Dear Sirs: In this time we are making a great offer for you.
                This Amethyst :    Weight: 4000 kilograms.
                                Color scale: 2=B0
                                            PRICE: U$S 11.000,00
       Observation: This piece contains many calcites in its interior.

                by Artigas Minerals
Gustavo Tambucho - Freddy Techera
web-site: <http://www.ec21.com/artigasminerals>www.ec21.com/artigasminerals
e-mail    :=
 <mailto:taminvestiment@adinet.com.uy>taminvestiment@adinet.com.uy
Phone   : ** 598 2 622 79 57
Fax       : ** 598 2 908 31 15
Mobil     : ** 598 99 18 33 60
Montevideo - Uruguay


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Subject: Funny
Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 10:18:24 -0400
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "J Wagstaff" <wagstajo@kos.net>

Have a Great Day

I was barely sitting down when I heard a voice from the other stall
saying: "Hi, how are you?"
I'm not the type to start a conversation in the men's restrooms at a
rest stop but, I don't know what got into me, so I answered, somewhat
embarrassedly: "Doing Just Fine!"
And the other guy says: "So what are you up too?"
What kind of question is that? At that point, I'm thinking this is too
bizarre so I say: "Uhhh I'm like you, just traveling east!"
At this point I am just trying to get out as fast as I can when I hear
another question. "Can I come over to your place after while?"
Ok, this question is just wacky but I figured I could just be polite and
end the conversation.
I tell him, "Well, I have company over so today is a bad day for me!"

Then I hear the guy say nervously...
"LISTEN, I'll have to call you back.  There's an idiot in the other
stall who keeps answering all my questions!"


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