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Purpose of the United States Faceters Guild

  1. To promote the art and skill of faceting.
  2. To help our members and the public achieve their goals through education.
  3. To sponsor or assist in managing faceting competitions and educational events.
  4. To develop and promote uniform rules for faceting competitions within the U.S.A. and among other countries.
  5. To expand the knowledge of natural and man-made crystals.
  6. To serve as a national repository and clearing house for faceting designs, published materials, and educational information for faceters worldwide.
  7. To preserve and promote the history of faceting in the United States.

An equally important objective of the USFG is to advance the skills of faceters who want to achieve as close to perfection as possible. One of the best ways to approach perfection is to enter competitions where skilled judging denotes perfection, or via “private assessment.” We are working on a system to allow members to have stones critiqued by a qualified master cutter.

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Guild Officers

Dan Lynch – President

Dan has been faceting gems for over 20 years and has been certified at the master level in the USFG competition. Dan has a degree in Geology (West Texas A&M) and a Graduate Gemologist from GIA. Dan enjoys traveling and sourcing gem rough in the US and overseas and travels annually as possible to Kenya and Tanzania. Dan has been married to high school sweetheart Kim for 40 years (summer 2023). DanLynchGems.com

Kell Hymer – Vice President

After finding small quartz crystals while on a 2015 family vacation in Montana, Kell discovered his love for all things rocks. Later that year, he joined his local rock/lapidary club and learned to how to cut and polish cabochons. His new interest quickly progressed to faceting after he found an old Ultra-tec V2 on Craigslist. Since then, Kell has continued to expand his faceting skills and enjoys volunteering with the USFG.

Thomas Halstead – Treasurer

Originally from western New York, retired from the family fuel distributorship to sunny Florida. Took faceting classes from Tom Mitchell at William Holland lapidary school in August 2015. When Tom Mitchell was the USFG president, [he] volunteered to be Treasurer for the club to help spread the faceting skill. Tom was also the President of our local club at the time, and was a little worried he may burnout without some help. [He has] found the faceting community welcoming and [has] stayed on to do something worthwhile in retirement.

Sherri Houston – Secretary

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sherri Houston. I started faceting in 2017 and I have been a member of the USFG since December 2018. After taking some faceting classes I bought my first used Ultra Tech V2 and started on this journey of faceting. I entered my first Novice competition with the USFG in 2020 and placed third. I enjoy networking with other lapidaries and gem enthusiasts to learn as much as I can, as I progress in my desire to one day be able to teach others the art of faceting.

Noah Trappier – Webmaster

Noah is a up-and-coming faceter, beginning his practice in January 2022. He utilized his skills in digital marketing and web design to build valuable connections in the gem and mineral industry. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Noah continues to develop his faceting skills and  building a wide network spanning around the globe. www.noahtrappier.com

Board Members

Dennis Anderson

Dennis Anderson has been a faceter for 51 years. [He is] a member of the Faceters’ Guild of Southern California and the Yucaipa Valley Gem & Mineral Society. [He moderates] two faceting Facebook groups. [He is] a Director in the USFG.

Randy Carlson

I first learned about faceting in 2003 and in 2005 I bought a new Ultra Tec V2. I joined the Houston Gem & Mineral Society in 2007.  In 2015, I took over as Chairman of the Gemstone & Faceting Section of the Houston club. In 2019 I was also appointed to their board of directors.

In 2015 I enrolled in the International School of Gemology (ISG) and earned the title of Registered Gemologist in 2016. (The ISG is an excellent school!). In March of 2023, I joined the GIA-Houston Chapter and was appointed to their board of directors and currently serve as their Treasurer.

David D Smith

I have been in the “biz” for almost 30 years. After traveling all over the world to source goods, having seen many commercial faceting operations, I founded Faceters Paradise in 2019.  Being involved with the USFG is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Faceting is addicting!

Facetersparadise.com

Jason Delk

As a rockhound turned gem cutter, I began my apprenticeship to learn faceting in 1984. I started on a Raytech Shaw and loved it. I continued faceting for a hobby and the occasional commissioned job through college. All through college and marriage, I kept cutting. In 2010, I began cutting full time and still am to this day.  My company name is Gem Cutter USA. You can find me on www.facebook.com/Jason.Delk.GemCutterUSA

Casey Trump

Casey Trump is a Master level facetor and board member for the US Facetor’s Guild. He is passionate about sharing his love of fine gems and faceting with everyone he meets. This extends to his judging for USFG competitions, where he tries to encourage every participant. He is retired from the Air Force and also enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club. He is active with the club’s Faceter’s Group and loves teaching.

Christine Lopez

Christine M. Lopez GIA GG, AJP is a professional gemologist, gemstone cutter, avid entrepreneur, and passionate educator based out of San Diego, California. She is the owner of Gem Surprise Box, the fastest growing gemstone and mineral club in the world. Christine is a Director for the United States Faceting Guild (USFG), sits on the Program Advisory Committee for GIA, and serves on the San Diego Chapter board of the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA). www.GemSurprise.com

Doug Augspurger

Doug, a hobby gem cutter, is a graduate of Northeast Louisiana University (now ULM), located in Monroe, Louisiana. He worked for Brookshire Grocery Company of Tyler, Texas, for almost 25 years and then, in 1997, he followed his heart and moved to Orlando, where he later became a part of the Walt Disney Company. There, for 20 years, he enjoyed making magic every day for literally thousands of guests and cast members. Doug is currently retired, enjoys faceting as a hobby, although he continues to get numerous calls from a number of local jewelers.

Boyd Fox

Boyd fox professional gem cutter. 15 years non diagram precision cutting.  Specializing in gemstone repair, custom cutting, and emerald oiling.  AGTA award winner 2020.

History of the USFG

Our organization had its beginning as the USA Competition Faceters in January 1990, when it was proposed as a support group for the USA team in the Australian Faceting Challenge. Our first newsletter appeared in April 1991. At that time, the goals were expanded to include compiling a set of rules for Single Stone Competitions. Since that time, we have established a comprehensive set of Single Stone Rules to assist in encouraging greater uniformity in the judging of single stone competitions.

The United States Faceters Guild is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, registered in Arizona, USA. Required public documents in PDF format:

IRS Form 1023

2019 Arizona Annual Report