November 11, 2019 at 12:10 pm #5833
I agree with Michael. Let all that want to compete in the novice class start cutting a new stone. I feel as though many have forgot what is the purpose of competing. This kind of cutting is supposed to be a pleasurable and just a hobby. I cannot see this being the fault of the USFG. Maybe they have been slow in reporting what happened with the hope the stones would show up. If that had happened there would have been no reason to start the drama. Sit down with your machine and enjoy cutting a new stone and enjoy yourself. The experience gained will only help you in your journey of cutting gemstones for competition.November 11, 2019 at 7:07 pm #5834
I totally understand that mail does get lost. I am very disappointed that no one was notified of the situation, however. I am also wondering if it was the Grand Master Stones that had been lost, would things have been handled differently? I hope this situation can be resolved and that hopefully we can cut our stones again, if they are not found. Has this ever happened before in the any of the past competitions? According to the explanation of what really happened it sounds like there was a few people that need reprimanded for lack of organization. Why did no one have the proper address of where they were being shipped to? And why was a tracking number not given. Why are the packages not sent registered and have a signature required for pick up. Who knows really, but I feel policies and procedures need to be put in place other than what you currently have. I have very much enjoyed the USFG and understand that a lot of folks want to be able to point the finger and say “it’s your fault”. I hope we will hear something soon on a decision as to what the next step is going to be.November 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm #5835
Well said Gem Girl. That’s why I wanted the truth out so maybe they would fix things. Totally agree on the shipping being handled wrong.November 11, 2019 at 7:34 pm #5836
Thank you Thomas.November 13, 2019 at 7:20 pm #5854
I know i would be devastated if my stone was lost. Its a sad day for all of us at USGF. Mail does get lost and more often then we might think, I recently sent a large volume of important documents via Registered mail and they were lost, We seem to take the Postal Service for granted until something like this happens. I support the USFG in every way possible and as a volunteer in several other organizations i know it takes a HUGE amount of time energy and commitment for these volunteers. I am sure the volunteers involved in this are also devastated by this turn of events. My heart goes out to the cutters in the novice competition and the volunteers involved. We can only hope the stones will be recovered.November 19, 2019 at 9:02 pm #5864
Neither the US Postal Inspection Service nor the Los Angeles Police Department has reported any progress in locating the lost Novice stones. The USFG officers and directors have met to consider how to mitigate this unfortunate situation.
Decision of the USFG Officers and Board of Directors:
1. For those 30 Novice entrants who submitted stones, the Novice Competition will be extended until March 30, 2020, to allow time for those entrants to cut and submit another stone. This applies only to those entrants who previously submitted stones before the original deadline. They will receive a letter from the USFG President.
2. The original return postage will be refunded and for those who choose to submit a new stone the cost of postage to and from the stone handler will be covered.
3. Each of the original Novice entrants will have their membership extended for 2 years at no charge.November 20, 2019 at 5:16 pm #5865
I’m glad to see that the USFG is trying to mitigate the problem of the missing novice stones. I don’t think the Post Office will ever find the stones. Good luck to all the participants who re-submit a novice stone.November 21, 2019 at 3:43 am #5866
Wow. Novice here. I honestly don’t know what to say except that heartbreaking losses happen in this business. I guess I’ll do what I did last time when I chipped the gridle while cutting the crown on my second attempt. . . clean off another dop and try not to beat myself up about it. I can only imagine how much worse I would feel if I banged someone else’s stone against the side of the machine. I literally just shuddered at the thought. Try not to worry about it on my behalf, USFG!
For the record, I’m not sure if there was a ‘good’ way for the USFG to handle a situation like this. I’m sure they hoped to get the stones back before they had to tell everyone they were lost. Yes, I would have rather known immediately, but in the grand scheme of things, I suppose it makes little difference. By the way, there’s no information on the entry form or the rules that sets any expection for when we would get our stones returned anyway (I was worried about leaving my mailbox unchecked in mid-October 🙂
Now if ANYONE can tell me where I can get my woefully inadequate out-of-alightment Graves Mark IV serviced, I can start thinking about which piece of rough to use for a 4th attempt. Otherwise, my first competition stone will have to wait for a few more years so I can save up for that barely used left-handed UT I’ve been dreaming about 🙂November 21, 2019 at 4:42 am #5867
Oh, and I never recieved a notification. I just found out tonight by reading this forum. Yall might want to send an email or something to let folks know to check this thread.
Oh, and would it be possible to get a participation certificate or something? I was thinking it would be neat to keep it next to my included amethyst test cut, my chipped second attempt, and my failed attempts from 2018 and put them all together on a sort of ‘Sisyphus’ display. Gotta stay humble, ya know?
-TomNovember 21, 2019 at 5:26 pm #5870
As I mentioned, all Novice entrants will receive a letter from the USFG president. Notice that a new mailing address is given in the letter.
There is no “participation” certificate, unless you make your own 🙂
You will get a certificate and publication in the newsletter if your novice stone scores 85 or higher. Entrants who score lower will not be named.
Remember that one of the prime benefits of entering the competition is direct feedback from a master cutter to help improve your skills.November 21, 2019 at 5:42 pm #5871
TDaniel has said it best of all the messages I’ve seen on here. Have to say I haven’t ever entered any competitions. Should be some one here to help with your Graves Mark IV alightment.November 21, 2019 at 5:46 pm #5872
Thank you for the information Alan. I will await my letter and I am go grateful for how generous the USFG is being. I am thrilled to be able to recut my stone and the two year subscription is much appreciated!!!November 22, 2019 at 2:00 am #5873
FYI, I received a notification today in the mail. Thanks for the note, Tom Mitchell. I’m guessing we’re about to see some more traffic on this thread so I want to encourage folks to recognize this tragedy for what it is. . . an extremely unfortunate turn of events. Let’s keep our heads up and our hearts open to move forward with dignity, honor, and respect. Yall are the only faceting family I have, after all.November 22, 2019 at 2:18 am #5874
Hahaha! No participation certificate, eh? I guess a thirty-way tie for first place is out of the question then? 😉November 22, 2019 at 9:20 am #5875
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