Newsletter Archives

Faceting Academy: SPRING 2019

April 11th, 2019 at 8:12 am EDTFACETING ACADEMY MAY LAST CALL Registration for the May, 2019 Faceting Academy Training Event is closing on April 17. We have not scheduled the next Academy Training event. So, if you are serious about launching your faceting skills, take action NOW. …

Faceting Academy: The Ultra Tec video AMA!

July 24th, 2018 at 10:55 pm EDTULTRA TEC VIDEO AMA This is happening —————————— We’re preparing to launch an Official Ultra Tec Videos page similar to our popular Facetron videos page. I’m excited to be working with the Ultra Tec factory on this! This beaut …

Faceting Academy: New Videos & Fall Event

June 29th, 2018 at 7:58 pm EDTNEW ERA WAS HERE!(videos are here) We’re grateful to Steve Ulatowski for being in the house and contributing so richly to the rough evaluation portion of the May, 2018 Faceting Academy training event. Steve allowed us to train with broader selectio …

Faceting Academy: Last Call & Closed C

April 3rd, 2018 at 7:35 am EDTFACETING ACADEMY LAST CALL FOR MAY! There are a few seats remaining in the May, 2018 Faceting Academy Training Event. “The School of Hard Knocks is the longest and most expensive way to learn anything.” – Rodney Rich, high-performance coach. If …

Faceting Academy: Pavilion or Crown? Last seats going…

February 8th, 2018 at 7:00 am EDTMORE TO COME … This is part 2 of two parts of the Tucson treasure hunt for 2018. This edition has articles, announcements, and more Tucson-season bonuses that last only until the close of the Tucson show. Check it out! Which First: Pavilion or Cro …

Faceting Academy: NEW partnership; NEW contest; NEW event!

January 31st, 2018 at 7:51 am EDTTucson Time is Rough Time Don’t have a rough time at Tucson. Instead, double-check this quick-course with reminders about rough evaluation. If you want to go to the next level, scroll up and come to the live training event in May! LINK TO ROUGH EVA …

Faceting Academy: NEW design, NEW video, NEW EVENT

August 1st, 2017 at 8:14 am EDTFREE DESIGN Last time, we were saying farewell to our friend Mark Stephan. This time, we’re sharing another one of the custom designs I created for him. The design is called “Stephan’s Shield” and is actually named for TWO comrades in faceting arms. …

Faceting Academy: NEW VIDEOS & TRAINING

May 2nd, 2017 at 8:00 am EDTFAREWELL FRIEND I’m deeply saddened to contemplate the passing of Mark Stephan – a Faceting Academy graduate and one of my oldest friends. Mark was Owner, Faceting Artist, and Miner at Gems By Mark. His Facebook profile describes him as: “Joker, sm …

Faceting Academy: TUCSON SHOW REPORT (and more)

March 11th, 2017 at 1:05 am EDTTUCSON REPORT! Tucson was SO wild it took me until March to catch up and pump out the report! The report is bigger this year also because we were in the show – with an 18-day marathon stretch at the 22nd St venue. The report is detailed, with storie …

Faceting Academy: TUCSON, 2017

January 11th, 2017 at 8:05 am EDTTUCSON TIME! It’s Tucson time again – time to fly South and get free of this SNOW! This newsletter is a BIG preparation for the biggest (gem) show on Earth. So, hold on! First up is sharpening your Tucson buying teeth by checking-out this report of a …

 Faceting Academy: Sunstone, Heart & How to

August 15th, 2016 at 4:48 pm EDTSUNSTONE SEASON! It’s Oregon Sunstone Season again, and I’m getting even more inquiries than usual from people wanting me to cut one of my favorite materials. I’m also getting more questions than usual from other faceters about how to cut and polish …

Faceting Academy: Money, the Market, Membership & September!

July 20th, 2016 at 3:28 am EDTCONFERENCE CALL ON PRICING Pricing artistic goods and marketing (communicating with customers) are two of the subjects I receive lots of questions about. Lately, I’ve been watching friends in the faceting and custom jewelry community struggling with …

Faceting Academy: Barion Square & 3 Reasons Artists Fail

April 12th, 2016 at 3:06 am EDTDESIGN VIDEO For April, we’re highlighting a classic Barion Square design based on Watermeyer’s original. I’ve tweaked it into a CAM to make it faster and easier to cut. As square Barions go, it’s a great performer and not too deep. It’s a goo …

Faceting Academy: Success, the Sultan, and Scoring!

March 23rd, 2016 at 9:00 am EDTHOW TO SCORE To score or not to score – is a good question. Lots of “old-timers” talk about “scoring” your polishing laps. Some swear by the practice and others swear at it. When I was new to faceting, someone described to me by phone what scoring wa …

Faceting Academy: New Design & Tutorial

March 1st, 2016 at 9:08 pm EDTLEAP DAY YEAR “Instead of just thinking about it, why not do something about it?” – Jack Ma Leap-day only comes around every four years. It’s added to the calendar because WE’VE GOT EXTRA TIME in our lives, and it’s so big that we have to ADJUST OUR …

Faceting Academy: Tucson Show Report

February 16th, 2016 at 8:00 am EDTTUCSON SHOW REPORT The Tucson Report is Out! It was a great show year in Tucson (and still is at this writing). Gem World International reported “… the market turmoil has had little to no impact on the positive consumer sentiment about the economy …

Faceting Academy: Tucson prep, 2016 Events & More!

January 24th, 2016 at 5:20 pm EDTWELCOME BACK! It’s been a while since the last newsletter. We planned one for Christmas – and things were happening. Then, we planned it for New Years – and things were happening… So, this is a pretty big Newsletter, but it’s got LOADS of stuff – …

Faceting Academy: Tighten Your Girdle & Witch Angles

October 25th, 2015 at 11:33 pm EDTTIGHTEN YOUR GIRDLES The newest additions to the Official Facetron Video series are more ways to tighten your girdles by “Sighting the Rifle”. I released a video a couple of weeks ago about how to do this with a tool you can make yourself. It’s on t …

Faceting Academy: Stop stair-stepping girdles + cool tools

August 14th, 2015 at 10:19 pm EDTSTOP STAIR-STEP GIRDLES The newest addition to the Official Facetron Video series is “Sighting the Rifle (zeroing the cheater)” – in 3 minutes, flat. This video shows how to calibrate the cheater using only the machine itself. Every faceter should k …

Faceting Academy: Sourcing Rough + Free Stuff

August 4th, 2015 at 7:27 pm EDTANOTHER FREE VIDEO The newest addition to the Official Facetron Video series is “How to Calibrate Your Protractor using a digital inclinometer”. This is a supplement to the previous video about how to calibrate the protractor using only the machine …

Special Deals for September Academy + Photography

July 24th, 2015 at 8:00 am EDTGEM PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS DISCOUNT OPPORTUNITY I’ve negotiated a last-minute deal for newsletter subscribers for a discount on the best gem and jewelry photography course available! Between now, and midnight on July 25th, get 20% off an awesome gem and …

New Video, New Free Design, Sept Discount Ending!

July 22nd, 2015 at 8:14 am EDTANOTHER FREE VIDEO The Official Facetron Videos page has another new video – How to calibrate your protractor using the built-in dial indicator. This isn’t something you need to do often, but when you need to do it you want to know how. And, it’s gr …

New Video + September

June 11th, 2015 at 8:48 am EDTNEW FREE VIDEO The Official Facetron Videos page has a new short video – Troubleshooting common issues – from rotational inconsistencies to aggravating machine noises. FREE video, Chapter 6: Troubleshooting More videos will be arriving throughout …

Congratulations, Upgrades, New Design

June 2nd, 2015 at 3:21 pm EDTCONGRATULATIONS TO THE GRADUATES!Meet the graduating class of the May, 2015 BASIC TRAINING event. (There are actually a couple of return graduates and some advanced students hiding in this photo, too.) Thanks to our new Mentoring program, you will li …

Facetron Video Series Continues

March 30th, 2015 at 7:53 pm EDTANOTHER FREE VIDEOS IS UP!The video series sponsored by Jarvi Tool Company – makers of the Facetron faceting machine – is continuing to go up. This week, Save money by not buying what you don’t need (or breaking what you have). Avoid damaging your m …

Facetron Video Series Continues

March 12th, 2015 at 1:55 pm EDTMORE FREE VIDEOS ARE UP!The video series sponsored by Jarvi Tool Company – makers of the Facetron faceting machine – is continuing to go up. This week, TWO new videos: One is a very short reminder about disassembly and transportation – something sev …

Faceting Acadmey New Vids & Design!

February 24th, 2015 at 7:59 am EDTMORE FREE VIDEOS ARE UP!The video series sponsored by Jarvi Tool Company – makers of the Facetron faceting machine – is continuing to go up. This week, Assembly Of Your Facetron machine – including how to keep from damaging it! CLICK HERE for the Off …

Faceting Acadmey Spring News!

February 17th, 2015 at 8:25 am EDTGET READY FOR THE SPRING ACADEMY! There are ONLY TWO SEATS LEFT in the Spring BASIC Training Academy. We’ve got a great international mix of students that will create great networking opportunities.We upgrade and adjust the event EVERY time to keep i …

Faceting Academy MERRY CHRISTMAS

December 19th, 2014 at 7:13 am EDTMERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE FACETING ACADEMY!Welcome to the Merry Christmas version of the Faceting Academy Newsletter. This time around, I’m going to share some money-saving strategies; some tools and items I find very useful; news on a new competition …

Faceting Academy News December

December 6th, 2014 at 10:55 pm EDTSeason’s Greetings from the Faceting AcademyWe’ve been quiet because we’ve been BUSY – renovating our studio and making room for some exciting projects that are coming in the New Year.Between now and then, expect at least one more newsletter, though …

Faceting Academy News 9/12

September 12th, 2014 at 1:34 pm EDTNEW QUICK ANSWER VIDEO The Faceting Academy has just released one of our Quick-answer videos to an online question about home made faceting machines. You can check out the video at the following link: QUICK ANSWER VIDEO:HOME MADE FACETING MACHINES …

Faceting Academy News 9/3

September 3rd, 2014 at 2:47 pm EDTNEW QUICK ANSWER VIDEO The Faceting Academy has just released one of our Quick-answer videos to an online question about girdles and uneven girdle lines. You can check out the video at the following link: QUICK ANSWER VIDEO:GIRDLES AND WEIRD GIRDLE …

Faceting Academy News 8/20

August 26th, 2014 at 9:15 am EDTNEW QUICK ANSWER VIDEO The Faceting Academy has just released one of our Quick-answer videos to an online question about special dops and dopping techniques for long, skinny crystals – like Tourmaline pencils. You can check out the video at the foll …

Faceting Academy News 8/20

August 20th, 2014 at 6:32 pm EDTNEW QUICK ANSWER VIDEO The Faceting Academy has just released one of our Quick-answer videos to an online question about cheater use. You can check out the video at the following link: QUICK ANSWER VIDEO ON LOVE HEART DESIGN FACETING ACADEMY BASI …

Faceting Academy News 8/14

August 14th, 2014 at 3:31 pm EDTNEW QUICK ANSWER VIDEO The Faceting Academy has just released one of our Quick-answer videos to an online question about cheater use. You can check out the video at the following link: QUICK ANSWER VIDEO ON CHEATING FACETING ACADEMY BASIC TRAININ …

Faceting Academy Basic Training in September!

July 8th, 2014 at 8:09 am EDTFACETING ACADEMY BASIC TRAINING IN SEPTEMBER The Faceting Academy will offer a BASIC TRAINING live event September 25-30. If you are serious about getting a strong start in faceting – or taking your faceting to the next level – go to the (updated) Ac …

Student Refractometer & Academy LAST CHANCE

April 22nd, 2014 at 2:52 pm EDTSTUDENT REFRACTOMETER I often get questions about identification of gem materials, and there are many tricks of the trade. But, sometimes, a Refractometer is the tool of choice for identification – even though it requires a polished facet to measure …

New Designs Sharing & Academy Closing

March 27th, 2014 at 8:11 pm EDTTWO NEW DESIGNS TO SHARE PORTUGUESE DESIGN The Portuguese style of faceting design combines several advantages, including capturing color and weight and hiding inclusions. We cover the specific mechanisms of these advantages in the Advanced Academy …

Tucson Show Report 2014

February 28th, 2014 at 5:00 am EDTTUCSON SHOW REPORT 2014 We’re just back from Tucson, and trying to catch our breath with sawing, sorting, and cataloging our acquisitions – including loads of material purchased just for students coming to the Faceting Academy Resident Training in Ma …

Tucson Tips!

January 23rd, 2014 at 1:00 am EDTTUCSON TIPS It’s that time of year again – to get knee-deep in rough precious stones and cutting art from every corner of the planet. To get down and swim in it. To see more crystals and sparkling stones and rough than I thought was in the world …