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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
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Issue No. 279 - Friday, April 9, 2004
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Index to Today's Digest

01  FS: rubellite tourmaline
02  RE: Hand Faceting Machines
03  NEW: Meeting Tuesday
04  NEW: Samsons Gems - Recommendations

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Message:01

Subject: rubellite tourmaline for sale
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2004 15:28:02 -0800
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "b-daw" <b-daw@pacbell.net>

hello everybody,
i have a great heap of rubellite tourmaline for sale and skin on my
fingertips right now, so i am keeping it short.  contact me off the
digest if you would like some tourmaline.
happy easter!
patty

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Message:02

Subject: Re: hand faceting machine
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2004 17:46:42 -0600
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Larry" <ldavis32@cox.net>

If this is the one called "Lap Lap" it has been around for many years.  The
guy that invented it came to our show a long time ago and had one of his
earlier "models" which was made of bent wire.  He couldn't even give it
away.  Now he wants several hundred dollars.  I am not saying that it won't
facet a stone but you are supplying all of the power (read LABOR) and you
can do the same thing with a jampeg faceting device made of wood and have a
power lap rather than sandpaper and a flat piece of glass.  If you are into
very simple devices for big money ... OK go for it.

Larry

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Actually Larry they run just over $100 and although they DO take a lot of work
I would rather have it with me than nothing at all at boring family gatherings .
It is great for a faceting "fix" while traveling as well. The device does have
its uses, but daily faceting use, NEVER. If I was going to use a Jamb Peg
setup I would opt for Jerry Wykoffs metal kit sold on the IGS Site.

Thurmond
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Message:03

Subject: Meeting
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 10:56:56 -0400
To: <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Tom Wilkie" <twilkie@mounet.com>

Don't forget the meeting Tuesday night, 7 PM, at our house.  If there is
anything special you want to do or talk about, let us know.  I have
nothing special planned----except, the Tennessee Lady VOLS play at 8:30
for the national title, so we are likely to break up earlier than
normal.

Tom

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Hi Tom, I hope that is Tuesday the 13th not last Tuesday the 6th.

Thurmond
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Message:04

Subject: Samsons Gems - Recommendations
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2004 13:27:26 -0700 (PDT)
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: joe piz <pizzij@yahoo.com>

I was looking at the catalog for Samson;s gems out of Nigeria. 
http://www.geocities.com/samsongems/   
pdf catelog
http://www.geocities.com/samsongems/SamsonRoughGemCatalog03.pdf

I was wondering if anyone has used them? Can anyone recommend them,
or, on the reverse suggest staying away from them?

thanks,

joe

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TODAY'S FUNNY ~

A tourist wanders into a back-alley antique shop in San Francisco's
Chinatown. Picking through the objects on display he discovers a
detailed, life-sized bronze sculpture of a rat. The sculpture is so
interesting and unique that he picks it up and asks the shop
owner what it costs.

"Twelve dollars for the rat, sir," says the shop owner, "and a
thousand dollars more for the story behind it."

"You can keep the story, old man," he replies, "but I'll take the rat."

The transaction complete, the tourist leaves the store with the
bronze rat under his arm. As he crosses the street in front of the
store, two live rats emerge from a sewer drain and fall into step
behind him. Nervously looking over his shoulder, he begins to
walk faster, but every time he passes another sewer drain, more
rats come out and follow him. By the time he's walked two blocks,
at least a hundred rats are at his heels, and people begin to point
and shout. He walks even faster, and soon breaks into a trot as
multitudes of rats swarm from sewers, basements, vacant lots,
and abandoned cars. Rats by the thousands are at his heels,
and as he sees the waterfront at the bottom of the hill, he panics
and starts to run full tilt.

No matter how fast he runs, the rats keep up, squealing hideously,
now not just thousands but millions, so that by the time he comes
rushing up to the water's edge a trail of rats twelve city blocks long
is behind him. Making a mighty leap, he jumps up onto a light post,
grasping it with one arm while he hurls the bronze rat into San
Francisco Bay with the other, as far as he can heave it. Pulling
his legs up and clinging to the light post, he watches in amazement
as the seething tide of rats surges over the breakwater into the sea,
where they drown.

Shaken and mumbling, he makes his way back to the antique shop.

"Ah, so you've come back for the rest of the story," says the owner.

"No," says the tourist, "I was wondering if you have a bronze lawyer."


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