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Books About Faceting

Cutting Gemstones: A beginners guide to faceting by John Broadfoot & Peter Collins, 2003 ISBN:0-646-41461-5 A book designed to teach you about faceting and is suitable for the complete beginner. The book is designed so that you can teach yourself to facet gemstones from scratch. Each chapter leads you through the basics of faceting and […]

Faceting Machine Alignment

Faceting Machine Alignment

by Paul A. Head, Old Pueblo Lapidary Club Faceting Guild Originally presented in the United States Faceters Guild Newsletter The following outlines a procedure to check the alignment of a faceting machine using very simple tools and the machine itself. Key to the idea is NOT to cut anything. A periodic maintenance schedule using this […]

About Pitch Laps

About Pitch Laps

I read with interest an article in The Midwest Faceter, Sept. ’93 called “When All Else Fails”, about polishing the table of a topaz stone which another cutter had made parallel to the cleavage plane. The writer, Nat Cohen, from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, had tried everything without success before remembering his telescope mirror polishing experience. […]

Cliff Jackson

Submitted by Dee Holland Clifford “Cliff” Jackson, NFMS Past President in 1971, passed away in Burley, Idaho on November 30, 2003. Cliff had been in ill health for many years, but despite this, was still an active part of the NFMS. In 1985 when no clubs came forward to host the NAFC Annual Meeting and […]

Carl Unruh

Contributed by Bonnie Glisman Carl Mitford Unruh, 75, died Dec. 2, 2003 in Port Townsend Wash. He was born April 28, 1928 in Hutchinson, Kansas, He moved with his family to Wichita, Kansas, where they lived for a number of years. He attended the University of Kansas graduating with a Master of Science Degree in […]