Steve Ulatowski at the Faceting Academy

These videos are from a Faceting Academy Resident Training event in May, 2018, where international rough dealer and market expert Steve Ulatowski from New Era Gems presented on state of the international gem rough market, how to select rough, blah, blah. The video is broken into five pieces for convenient navigation and viewing.

State of the International Gem Market, Spring 2018
(length = 20:31)
Includes comments on:

  • Tanzania
  • Kenya
  • Ethiopia
  • Mozambique
  • Afghanistan
  • Namibia
  • Congo
  • Nigeria
  • Madagascar
  • Brazil
  • USA (and “the best American gemstone you can buy for cutting”)


Strategic Investing & Sourcing Rough
(length = 5:40)
Includes comments on:

  • Another Source of Rough
  • Benitoite
  • Tanzanite
  • Tourmaline
  • Emotional Mistakes People Make
  • About Buying Parcels


Evaluating & Selecting Rough
(length = 7:21)
Includes comments on:

  • What tools and methods should you use?
  • What should your field kit include?
  • Steve’s #1 test for identification in the field.
  • One thing NEVER to do when buying rough!
  • Maximizing return from rough
  • Strategic management of inclusion


Synthetics & Scams
(length = 8:13)
Includes comments on:

  • Another Source of Rough
  • Benitoite
  • Tanzanite
  • Tourmaline
  • Emotional Mistakes People Make
  • About Buying Parcels


Emeralds & Oil
(length = 2:38)
Includes comments on Emeralds, Emerald sources & Oiling:


There are two more videos available to members:

Steve’s Specific Tips for Evaluating Specific Materials
(length = 11:57)
Includes comments on:

  • Quartzes (Amethyst, Citrine, Ametrine)
  • Garnets
  • Tourmaline
    Also, Steve’s trick for preventing breakage!
  • Sapphire & Ruby
  • Tanzanite
  • Spinel

Rough Dealer “Red Flags”
(length = 1:31)
(Clues to possibly-crooked dealers)


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