Forums General Discussion Faceting rough

5 replies, 4 voices Last updated by  randycarlson 5 days, 22 hours ago
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  • #4737

    James
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    @James

    Looking for a place to purchase natural and man made rough. I’ve looked and there are so many options, that’s a good thing, but a bit overwhelming. I’ll be purchasing my first faceting machine soon. I’d like to be prepared though, so any recommendations would be appreciated.
    Thanks

    #4816

    flfaceter73
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    @flfaceter73

    Congrats on getting your machine and joining the rest of us.Here are some sources of natural stones,some offer hobby grades as well as top grades
    http://Www.westerngems.com
    http://Www.neweragems.com.
    http://Www.djgems.com
    http://www.Garsowgems.com
    For synthetic
    http://www.Usdgems.com

    #4825

    James
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    @James

    Thanks for the welcome and links.

    #4826

    flfaceter73
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    @flfaceter73

    sorry, these are the corrected website addresses; http://www.johngarsow.com,
    http://www.westerngem.com. the previous ones weren’t right
    also http://www.hashnustones.com is another one.

    #4902

    TDaniel
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    @TDaniel

    Hi James,

    It can be pretty easy to find clear quartz at your local rock shop – cheap too.
    I often dig through the amethyst bins to find that one cheap stone in there.
    Ebay can sometimes have some decent rough but it’s an expensive habit to get into and you’ll soon graduate beyond buying rough unseen. (Don’t buy overseas!)
    There’s always glass – I know a few folks who practice on marbles and love it.

    That being said, of course you should support your local facet grade rough supplier whenever you can. I just can’t afford to pay top dollar for something that I’ll never sell, ever.

    #4903

    randycarlson
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    @randycarlson

    Add PrettyRock.com to your list of suppliers. They are based in North Carolina.

    Welcome to the world of gem cutting!

    Randy C.

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