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Well it has been awhile since I have been back to this subject and my feelings have not changed. My knowledge has increased and I have only put one piece of CZ on my lap to shape and took it off the dop when I realized I did not have the proper polishing laps to remove the horrible scratches. When I get the 3000 to 8000 I will be happy to return to it. For now I stick to the quartz, which I have plenty of, Garnet, Sun Stone and Sapphire that I have purchased through a box of gravel delivered to my door. I will purchase rough only from known sources from here on out. I had much opportunity this past weekend at the Mid West Faceters Annual Seminar where I could have purchased some of Roger Dery and Suzette Hetrick, but didn’t…there will be another day for that…still a student.
Always Natural for me..I like the challenge , there is more frustration and challenges in the natural, more beauty and value in the end.