I agree with everything you have said David except that the one thing we can do better than the sri lanka cutters without fretting over perfect meets for fun cutting is polish. Anyone with a loop can look at an Asian cut stone and see what is a terrible polish with multiple scratches. Also with practice one can quickly cut a stone with just as tight meets as the Asian cutters but with a far superior polish. I have had the comment from jewelers that my clear topaz stones shine better than the diamonds in their store. I leave precise meets only when competing which I have not done in a long time. The main point is to have fun cutting whether it is just the cutting or making a perfect stone every time.