I have been researching people involved with gemology, geology, or associated field from the Central Virginia area, who made significant contributions. I am trying to gather enough information to do an article or talk for my local club, the Lynchburg Gem and Mineral Society. I have a persistent rumor that Mark Liccini was from nearby Amherst, Virginia, but I can not find anything like a biography on him for conformation. His early life and activities that lead him to gemology are a mystery. Can anyone send me a biography or send me in a direction where I might find information about Mark. All I have found so far are articles he wrote about gem treatments.
Other names for the area:
Errett Callahan, world class knapper. Many authoritative publications such as “Primitive Technology” and “The Basics of Biface Knapping in the Easter Fluted Point Tradition”.
Joe S. Worsham, created jeweler’s hand tools and techniques from ordinary materials, invented an “electric solder machine” where a gem did not have to be removed to weld a prong in a ring. He wrote all in a do-it-yourself publication: “Jewelers Illustrated Hand Book” 1980
Marcus Beale Depth of Cut Indicator
Are there other names to add to the list?
I knew Mark going back to a business he started in Laurel MD called the Golddust. He was a gem cutter, and gem dealer. The Golddust did everything gem related including goldsmithing, faceting and gem buying and selling, both rough and finished. One of the faceters who worked for him is the well known Virginia faceter, Tom Trozzo. He and I are perhaps the most knowledgeable on the subject of Mark. He was a smart, knowledgeable and colorful individual.
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