Gemstone Designs

December 22, 2013

Every month in FACETS we publish one or more gemstone designs.

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Zeolites of the World

Zeolites of the World

December 22, 2013

Rudy Tschernich, former Curator of the Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals has generously offered his book, Zeolites of the World for free at the Mineral Database web site called Mindat.org.

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Dopping with Epoxy

December 22, 2013

By Dick Walker. Published in FACETS, January 2005 The time-tested method of dopping with hot wax seems to have gone the way of the Dodo bird for most people. I still use hot wax on occasion when I am in a hurry or perhaps someone else is in a hurry. Now I favor the use of epoxy, […]

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How to Photograph Gemstones

December 22, 2013

Want to Photograph Gemstones? Who doesn’t? Some say it’s difficult, others just do it. Here are several tutorials and articles on taking pictures of gemstones, jewelry and other reflective items. Online Resources for How to Photograph Gemstones (or Close-up Photography) TheImage.com Table Top Studio Lapidary Art Web Photo School The Online Photographer Gem Photography How […]

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Needle in Quartz

Photography of Gemstone Inclusions

December 22, 2013

Close-up or Macro Photography of Gemstones Photographing gemstone material is a popular topic, so when I came upon John Koivula’s Micro World of Gems and their series called PhotoAtlas Inclusions of Gemstones I was hooked on sight. Koivula graduated from Eastern Washington State University, and since I live in Washington State that makes him practically […]

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How to Build a Polariscope

December 22, 2013

In Nov 2009 the CWFG’s meeting featured a presentation on making your own Polariscope. I tracked down a few online tutorials on how to make a polariscope as well: YourGemologist.com shows how to make a polariscope from Sunglasses Charles Lewton-Brain 1997 wrote a nice tutorial on building a polariscope The Gemology Project has an extensive […]

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Identifying Gemstone Material

December 21, 2013

Learning to Identify Gemstone Material You don’t need a gemology degree to facet gemstones but the more knowledge you have the easier it gets. It’also s very important to know what material you are working with before you begin faceting as that helps in determining the optimal way to cut and polish the stone. One […]

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