USFG 2024 Tucson Faceting Symposium 

01/01/1970 @ 12:00 am

When

02/01/2024 - 02/03/2024    
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The 2024 USFG Tucson Faceting Symposium is almost here!

Old Pueblo Lapidary club

3118 N Dale Ave

Tucson, AZ  85712

February 1, 2, 3. 10am-6pm

The schedule for this FREE event is below – we’d love to have us join you.  Schedule subject to change to check the USFG Facebook group for the latest!

Thursday February 1

Our opening act!!

Feb 1 – 10:00 am

Dopping demos, dopping blues? Come sit and dop!

Very well attended last year, come play!

11:00 am-12:00p

Bob Golay

Cutting “Non Traditional” stones, from Dop to polish!

12:00 Lunch/demos

@420 Tacos!!

Rough Sale and Swap During Lunch Daily!

1:00

Panel discussion:

Past judges/ master cutters join to speak about

Judging for the SS competition, learn the ins and outs of single stone competition cutting and judging.

2:00 Tayyab Suratwala

Colors in Gemstones.

Join us for this presentation by a true scientist who is a hobby cutter!!

3:00 TBD

5:00 Amanda Adkins-

The adventure of USA mined gems

This is a must see!!

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Feb 2, 10:00 am

Dopping

Dave Richardson- The many dopping techniques that address different needs and situations

ie: to glue or not to glue

Feb 2 11:00

Clemens Schwarzinger

Gemstone Photography

Get some great tips to make your pics pop!

12:00 TACOS!!! @420 tacos is back by popular demand!!

Rough Sale and Swap During Lunch Daily!

Feb 2, 1:00-2:00

Scott Sucher-opals, the care and feeding of!

Always a great time with Scott!

Feb 2, 2:00

Lisa Elser-Enacting our ethics; practical ideas for a small biz

Feb 2,- 3:00-4:30

Justin Prim-

“How the other side cuts”

Gem cutting history from around the world.

4:30-5:00

Machine Demos! Fantasy, V5, Glass tec,

The Dreamer

5:00

Frank Schaffer:

A visual presentation on Diamond cutting.

Yes Diamonds!!

And…Pizza!!! This is Franks second year feeding us!!

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Feb 3, 10:00 am

Dopping workshop, bring yours or use a provided fixtures.

Feb 3, 11:00-12:00

Mark Oros of Hashnu gems

Starting a gem Faceting business A-Z in two parts

Lunch @420 tacos

Rough Sale and Swap During Lunch Daily!

Mark Oros Part two

1:00-2:00

2:00-3:30 Steven Tyler the designer.

Fantasy cutting tips and a Fantasy machine demo!!

Feb 3, 3:30-3:45pm

David Smith of Faceters Paradise

Scam scam scam!!

How to spot scams and how we can work together to fight them and win!!

Feb 3, 4:00-5:00

Tim Seppanen

GO FOR IT!

Encouraging words for the SS competition. Just go for it!  This fellow scored 100 on Novice!  What tools do you need?  Worth a listen!

Feb 3. 5:00 Join in to reset the room!

USFG ends and OPLC  famous Hobnob dinner and rough sale/ stone contest begins at 6:00

$20 for a great dinner!

Natural

Synthetic

Fantasy

Our Daily teachers/demonstrators:

Dave Richardson:

Teaching Faceting Feb Jan 30-31

Feb 1, 2, 3 Dopping and coaching cutters

Dennis Anderson:

Feb 1,2,3

Dopping and coaching cutters.

Great door prizes!!

Thank you for the donations from:

Gearloose manufacturing

Ultra Tec USA

Faceters Paradise

Storied Gems

John Garsaw – Rocky Mtn Gem Show – Booth 52

New Era Gems – Pueblo Gem Show, Ramada Rms 108 & 110

Dan Lynch Gems – Symposium Sales during Lunch

Don Johnson (Montana Sapphires – AGTA Booth 327

Debbie and Neal Hurni – 22nd Street Show – Booth B33

Angry Turtle (Amazing Synthetics) – 22nd Street Show – Booth C22

Vter Young – 22nd Street Show – Showcase Tent – M2

IDazzle – Ethical Gem Fair 1/27-30, Scottish Rite Catherdral 160 S Scott Avenue

Jason Brim

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Original Post 11/03/2023

Held in central Tucson at:

Old Pueblo Lapidary club

                     3118 N Dale Ave

                     Tucson, AZ  85712

                     United States

Dates:

Feb  1,2,3    2024

Some of the biggest names in Faceting will be in attendance!!

Jan 30/31 Faceting class taught by Tom Mitchell and Dave Richardson. 

$145for members

$170 for non members

6 spots available

 Announced in first week of Nov for signups

Feb 1,2,3…

How to cash in on your passion!!

2024 focus on business aspects for Faceters and Single stone competition 

Super hands on experience, a chance to see 5-7 different machines in action!! Awesome presentations!

Fantasy machines, mast machines, a great display!

And…..a Taco truck!!

Featuring:

Our opening act!!

Feb 1 – 10:00 am 

Roger Dery

Dopping demos, dopping blues? Come sit and dop!

Very well attended last year, come play!

11:00 a

Tom Mitchell– 

(Past USFG President)!

Judging for the SS competition, learn the ins and outs of single stone competition cutting and judging. 

12:00 Lunch/ demos

1:00  Panel discussion Justin Prim/ Roger Dery/?/?/Laura Phyllis

Panel discussion:

 “First steps of a long journey” 

How you can maximize your effort to develop a steady income Faceting gemstones.

2:00  Roger Dery– Biz challenges and solutions

3:00 TBD

5:00 Amanda Adkins-

The adventure of USA mined gems

This is a must see!!

💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎

Feb 2, 10:00 am

Dopping

Tom Mitchell – The many dopping techniques that address different needs and situations

Feb 2 11:00 

Clemens Schwarzinger 

TBD

Feb 2, 1:00-2:00

Scott Sucher-opals, the care and feeding of! 

Feb 2, 1:00-2:00

Machine Demos! Fantasy, V5, Glass tec, 

The Dreamer

Feb 2, 2:00 

Lisa Elser-Enacting our ethics; practical ideas for a small biz

Feb 2,- 3:00-4:30

Justin Prim-

“How the other side cuts”

Gem cutting history from around the world. 

5:00 

Frank Schaffer:

A visual presentation on Diamond cutting. 

Yes Diamonds!!

💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎

Feb 3, 10:00 am

Dopping workshop, bring yours or use a provided fixtures. 

Feb3, 11:00-12:30 

Tim Seppanen

GO FOR IT!

Encouraging words for the SS competition. Just go for it!  This fellow scored 100 on Novice!! Worth a listen!

Feb 3, 11:00

Mark Oros of Hashnu gems

Starting a gem Faceting business A-Z in two parts

11:00-12 Starting a gem business. 

Part one 

Lunch

Part two

1:00-2:00

2:00-3:00 machine demos

Feb 3, 3:00 pm 

TBD

Feb 3, 4:00

TBD

Feb 3. 5:30

USFG ends and OPLC  famous Hobnob dinner and rough sale/ stone contest begins at 6:00

💎Natural

💎💎💎Synthetic

💎💎💎💎Fantasy

💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎

Our Daily teachers/demonstrators:

Stewart Wilson-

Daily-Fantasy Demos, let’s get started! Concave cuts make a brilliant pop right up!

Dave Richardson:

Teaching Faceting Feb Jan 30-31

Feb 1, 2, 3 Dopping and coaching cutters 

Tom Mitchell: 

Teaching Faceting Jan 30,31

Coaching cutters and dopping Feb 1,2,3

Dennis Anderson: 

Feb 1,2,3

Dopping and coaching cutters. 

Machine Demos about every hour between talks. 

Great door prizes!!

Thank you for the donations from:

Gearloose manufacturing 

Ultra Tec USA

Faceters Paradise

Storied Gems

(Your name here) please contact me if you would like to be a sponsor!

Thank you to our hosts and volunteers from the OPLC and USFG, you rock!!

Please contact me with any ideas, possible speakers, sponsors, or any clubs/guilds that we could reach out to. Text preferred 

David Smith

Faceters Paradise

USFG Board member/ 

Symposium coordinator

520-907-5527

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