USFG 2024 Tucson Faceting symposium

Held in central Tucson at: 

Old Pueblo Lapidary club

                     3118 N Dale Ave

                     Tucson, AZ  85712

                     United States


Feb  1,2,3    2024

Some of the biggest names in Faceting will be in attendance!!

Jan 30/31 Faceting class taught by Tom Mitchell and Dave Richardson. 

$145 for members

$170 for non members

6 spots available

 Announced in first week of Nov for signups

Feb 1,2,3…

How to cash in on your passion!!

2024 focus on business aspects for Faceters and Single stone competition 

Super hands on experience, a chance to see 5-7 different machines in action!! Awesome presentations!

Fantasy machines, mast machines, a great display!

And…..a Taco truck!!


Our opening act!!

Feb 1 – 10:00 am 

Roger Dery

Dopping demos, dopping blues? Come sit and dop!

Very well attended last year, come play!

11:00 a

Tom Mitchell– 

(Past USFG President)!

Judging for the SS competition, learn the ins and outs of single stone competition cutting and judging. 

12:00 Lunch/ demos

1:00  Panel discussion Justin Prim/ Roger Dery/?/?/Laura Phyllis

Panel discussion:

 “First steps of a long journey” 

How you can maximize your effort to develop a steady income Faceting gemstones.

2:00  Roger Dery– Biz challenges and solutions

3:00 TBD

5:00 Amanda Adkins-

The adventure of USA mined gems

This is a must see!!


Feb 2, 10:00 am


Tom Mitchell – The many dopping techniques that address different needs and situations

Feb 2 11:00 

Clemens Schwarzinger 


Feb 2, 1:00-2:00

Scott Sucher-opals, the care and feeding of! 

Feb 2, 1:00-2:00

Machine Demos! Fantasy, V5, Glass tec, 

The Dreamer

Feb 2, 2:00 

Lisa Elser-Enacting our ethics; practical ideas for a small biz

Feb 2,- 3:00-4:30

Justin Prim-

“How the other side cuts”

Gem cutting history from around the world. 


Frank Schaffer:

A visual presentation on Diamond cutting. 

Yes Diamonds!!


Feb 3, 10:00 am

Dopping workshop, bring yours or use a provided fixtures. 

Feb3, 11:00-12:30 

Tim Seppanen


Encouraging words for the SS competition. Just go for it!  This fellow scored 100 on Novice!! Worth a listen!

Feb 3, 11:00

Mark Oros of Hashnu gems

Starting a gem Faceting business A-Z in two parts

11:00-12 Starting a gem business. 

Part one 


Part two


2:00-3:00 machine demos

Feb 3, 3:00 pm 


Feb 3, 4:00


Feb 3. 5:30

USFG ends and OPLC  famous Hobnob dinner and rough sale/ stone contest begins at 6:00





Our Daily teachers/demonstrators:

Stewart Wilson-

Daily-Fantasy Demos, let’s get started! Concave cuts make a brilliant pop right up!

Dave Richardson:

Teaching Faceting Feb Jan 30-31

Feb 1, 2, 3 Dopping and coaching cutters 

Tom Mitchell: 

Teaching Faceting Jan 30,31

Coaching cutters and dopping Feb 1,2,3

Dennis Anderson: 

Feb 1,2,3

Dopping and coaching cutters. 

Machine Demos about every hour between talks. 

Great door prizes!!

Thank you for the donations from:

Gearloose manufacturing 

Ultra Tec USA

Faceters Paradise

Storied Gems

(Your name here) please contact me if you would like to be a sponsor!

Thank you to our hosts and volunteers from the OPLC and USFG, you rock!!

Please contact me with any ideas, possible speakers, sponsors, or any clubs/guilds that we could reach out to. Text preferred 

David Smith

Faceters Paradise

USFG Board member/ 

Symposium coordinator


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