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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
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Issue No. 226 - Tuesday, October 14, 2003
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Hi all,

Short list today.

Thurmond

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Index to Today's Digest

01  NEW: big diamond for sale
02  RE: Comments
03  NEW: Almag
04  NEW: source for small carved gemstone flowers

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Message:01

Subject: Re: big diamond for sale
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 15:56:44 -0700
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com (LapidaryArtsDigest)
From: Tony <lightbender@thegemdoctor.com>

Hello Thurmond,

Assuming we have all seen the 103+ ct D flawless in the press and
was wondering if anyone has thoughts on just how much it might
fetch at the auction in November. I have a couple of small bets
amounting to 2 ales and 1 Latte against my belief that it will
not go over $30m. Virtual wagering anyone?

Tony

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Message:02

Subject: Very Disrespectful Comments
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 18:49:05 -0700
To: LapidaryArtsDigest <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: TA Masters <tam2819@cox.net>

Mr. Powell, and Tony,

Once in a commentary is too much, twice is a reflection back onto the
posters.

I can
    not understand why any competent cutter who can sign a
    certificate of origin cares what the great unwashed considers a
    fair price nor why they would want to compete for their
    patronage. 'Casting pearls before swine' has never been a
    successful marketing model. "



>I would hope, that with education, more of the great unwashed will see
>what a good value American Products and Craftsmanship still are .
>
Would you like to identify just who you are classifying as "great
unwashed?"
Sadly,
Teresa

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Hi Teresa,  I took the comment to indicate those persons who do not
comprehend quality and only look for the lowest priced "bobbles".
These individuals are just as happy with a piece of purple glass
rather than a $40,000 collectors tanzanite and are usually incapable
of understanding the differences between the two even after detailed
explanations of each. I see this every day in my part of the globe.
Several individuals I know would be happy with a piece of crumpled
aluminum foil on a cotton string as long as it was "purty in the sunlight".

Sad but true.

Thurmond

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Message:03

Subject: Almag
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 00:22:06 -0400
To: "LapidaryArtsDigest" <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "RICHARD P ROSENTHAL" <kenaii@earthlink.net>

I have been using almag in my two foot saw, does anyone have any
information about how toxic it may be? I am especially concerned about
the mist that hovers around the saw after cutting unless I wait almost
an hour to open it after  completing a cut and about getting it on my
hands. I want ot switch over to water but have been told it will rust
out the Saw and blade. Some people recomend mineral oil but I know
nothing about how well this works. Does anyone have any information on
converting or building a hydraulically powered saw? Thanks
kenaii@earthlink.net

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Message:04

Subject: source for small carved gemstone flowers?
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 10:15:41 -0400
To: "LapidaryArtsDigest" <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Clyde Gilbert" <clyde@emeraldrose.com>

Hello All-

I'm looking for an inexpensive source for small carved gemstone flowers,
mainly tourmaline and cab-grade emerald roses in the 5-10mm range. I've
seen some carved in green tourmaline which are very nice and priced very
reasonably. I could do these myself but it's not my specialty, so the
time invested is way out of proportion to what I wish to sell the
finished product for. Anyone know where I might be able to find these or
something comparable?

Thanks

Clyde Gilbert
Greenwood Studios

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From: T. Trimm" ttrimm@dragonbbs.com
  Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2003 7:27 PM
  Subject: Message from Website


  I am looking for information on how to do lapidary the old way.
  Without the modern day tools.
  If you could point me in the right direction I would appreciate it.
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