Faceting Design Contest

December 23, 2013

Faceting Design Contest 2010 Enter the Gemology Project’s faceting design contest by August 1, 2010 to win great prizes and help other faceters by creating an online database of designs.<!–more–> First prize, for contributor of most useful Design Collection An “All You Need Kit” containing: 1 BATTWING Lap One 3,000 Diastik One 60K Diatsik Three […]

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Free Gemology Course

December 22, 2013

If you are interested in faceting you may already have an interest in gemstones or rocks in general (most of us do). But where do you go when you”d like to get a bit more in-depth education? One great online resource is Barbara Smigel’s free Gemology Course offered through CSN (College of Southern Nevada). The […]

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Software for Faceters

December 22, 2013

There are a few software programs of use to faceters. The first that comes to mind is GemCad, developed by Robert Strickland. According to GemCad.com, “Gemcad is a computer-aided design (CAD) program for faceted gemstones. It runs under Windows 95 or later on PC compatibles with screen resolution of at least 800 x 600.” Note, […]

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FACETS Newsletter

December 22, 2013

New Faceting Designs Each Month FACETS is the Columbia-Willamette Faceters Guild’s monthly publication designed to offer its subscribers a source of valuable information from experienced gem-cutters, designers, and other individuals interested in faceting. With articles on current events, gem shows, competitions, cutting designs, lap selection, and polishing tips, FACETS is a valuable resource for both […]

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Build a Faceting Machine

December 22, 2013
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Want to Build Your Own Faceting Machine Old magazines are a goldmine of information but imagine my surprise when I came across this? The Popular Mechanics Feb 1971 issue had an article entitled “Make Your Own Faceting Machine” and here it is in full. It’s not exactly the easiest looking home project, but hey, if […]

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Gemology Education Resources

December 22, 2013

A few sources for gemology education include the International School of Gemology (more expensive) and IGS, International Gem Society (less expensive). I have not attended either so only cite what I found online but both look interesting. See also Your Gemologist (warning, it has audio that plays no matter what, so turn down your speakers […]

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December 22, 2013

Clean-up of Messy Epoxy Tubes and Mixing Surfaces by Glenn Ruminson (FACETS Mar 2005). I got tired of getting my fingers gummed up from leaking epoxy and hardener tubes. I avoid the mess by slipping a 2″ by 3″ polyethylene bag over the bottom end of the tube — all the mess stays inside the […]

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Faceting Gemstones for Fun and Profit

December 22, 2013

Can you Make a Living from Faceting Yes, it is possible to make a living from your gemstone faceting and no one has done this faster than John Bailey of GemstoneArtist.com. In 2010, Bailey had his Faceting Boot Camp, July 8 – 13, with over 60 hours of classroom instruction in a close, friendly environment. […]

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Faceting – Lapidary Forums

December 22, 2013

Resources abound on the web, and forums are great for getting together while staying at home. Here are a few faceting forums and lapidary forums. discovered around the Web . Let us know if you know of others and we’ll add them. (Note, links open in new window) USFG Faceters List Very active list. Current […]

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Gemological Equipment

December 22, 2013

With the dizzying array of equipment available, Your Gemologist has a nice write-up explaining a bit about what many of the various gemstone identification tools do and why they do it. This equipment is used by both gemologists and faceters. What equipment do you use? Did you teach yourself?

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