Category Archives: Apprentice Blog

Postings in this category are specifically for members of my apprenticeship program, and are not open to the public.

Tucson Show Report 2014

Welcome to the Tucson Show Report 2014, and our sharing of the adventure and my take on the event, the locations, the market, and more. Hope you enjoy. This year, we went even earlier than usual, and took advantage of … Continue reading

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Private Faceting Instruction

Another faceting question from the Mail Bag: Do you do any one on one facet instruction? – Joseph Hi, Joseph, Thanks for asking. I can do one-on-one coaching for people to learn faceting. But, for two reasons, I don’t do … Continue reading

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Faceted Girdles

This question came in from one of the Mentoring Program members this week: Many of them (jewelers) dislike faceted girdles, because those hard sharp edges make setting the stone difficult, especially with Sunstone. I think this is true, if the … Continue reading

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Polishing Sunstone Cleavage Problems

This just in from the e-mail bag: I started to facet this piece of Sunstone yesterday and  when I used the 600 lap this strange surface appeared on this particular facet and it wouldn’t polish away, any idea what or … Continue reading

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Diamond Faceting Laps Question

This question came via eMail today: As diamond laps are very expensive and their diamond surface is a thin layering, have you heard of major producers of these laps offering any kind of reduced price to resurfacing worn laps. I … Continue reading

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Calibrated Gemstones

Most of the time, when we’re working with materials worthy of custom-cutting, we aren’t going to be producing calibrated gemstones – chopping the rough down to a specified size – because we’re working to preserve every tiny bit of the … Continue reading

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Remember the SMALL DOPS

For Faceting Academy attendees (and other apprentices), remember that YOU WILL NEED SMALL DOPS. We (you) are going to be cutting some VERY small stones as part of your training. This is the fastest way to learn all of the … Continue reading

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