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The Faceter’s Tale
First of all I should probably explain why this is a faceter’s tale and not a cutter’s tale. A gem cutter is an artisan usually working as fast as he can because time is money and gem setters will always becutting corners off emeralds and asking the cutter to put them back again! A faceter is an artisan with all the time in the world trying to produce an article of beauty,
By Doug Morgan FICME FGA
Extract taken from issue 76 page 11,Click the image to see more
Letter to the Editor:
I’m a self taught faceter as I assume are the majority of the UKFCG guild members, however, during the past 4 years I’ve tried to hone my techniques with very rewarding results – yes I’ve had problems and made mistakes, some trivial others major, still do have these occasionally.
A big thank you to Keith Ardron for the following:
Extract taken from issue 75 page 7,Click the image to see more
Hints on photographing gems
Cheap high-resolution digital cameras are often equipped with a built-in lens capable of focusing very close, so it is now easy to take photographs of gems. However, it is not at all easy to get perfect pictures.
Dr Brad Amos (Hon. FRPS)
Extract taken from issue 74 page 10,Click the image to see more
The Emerald cut was designed to show the rich colour of emerald whilst having cut corners so that the brittle stones would not get damaged. As I investigated in an earlier article (Stonechat 72), for stones of refractive index below beryl (about 1.57) this style of cut is limited in brightness. This is a shame as the long facets down the side of the stone show colour very well and the general outline of the cut can be very attractive.
By Tim Smith
Extract taken from issue 73 page 6,Click the image to see more
Faceters who use ‘hard stop’ machines will know that it is easy to overcut if a slightly raised finger pressure is applied to the stone after the stop block has been contacted. This is especially true on
machines which are slightly wanting in rigidity.
Article and Photos By Mike Richardson with addendum for Ultra-Tec by Graham Scarr and photos by Ian Slipper
Extract taken from issue 72 page 16,Click the image to see more
Caveat Emptor
In the Emerald trade business in Bogota, Colombia, there Is a specific way of conducting business. While good stones and special stones are shown by the very owner, medium
quality stones are usually
traded by an intermediate
Alain Viot
Extract taken from issue 71 page 6,Click the image to see more
Picture the scene. In my hand is a large piece of dream rough, the sort that must have cut those fancy bits in the museum. This is going to be the definitive cut. In my minds eye I can see the ideal shape which will fit in between all those nasty looking cracks and blemishes. The angles will fit perfectly. This will be the big one,
by Graham Scarr
Extract taken from issue 70 page 11,Click the image to see more
New-comers to faceting will find that the literature is full of advice on the dopping procedures. Some of these are unnecessarily complicated and advocate a range of heat lamps, irons, spirit stoves, hotplates, painting the stone with shellac, light bulbs etc. all geared up to getting the stone warm to stick to the dop. Very few address the basic requirement of getting the stone on the dop square.
by Mike Richardson
Extract taken from issue 69 page 12.Click the image to see more
I’d rather not be telling about this… in fact, I wish it had never happened to be written about. But, in the hope of averting future pain and possible tragedy for other FACETS readers, I tell this tale of woe. Pin wearing a rather uncomfortable back brace these days – and have been for the past seven weeks. All because of neglected safety precautions.
by Merle A. Reinikka
Extract taken from issue 68 page 14.Click the image to see more
Tanzanite, named after the country of origin, Tanzania, was first found in that country in the 1960s, and then finding its niche in the world market place in the early 1970s
By Dennis Durham
Extract taken from issue 67 page 4.Click the image to see more
Recently I acquired a beautiful blue Afghan fluorite that was already faceted as a square emerald step cut. This had plenty of depth and consequently good colour but was marred by poor meets and a general lack of brightness
Extract taken from issue 65 page 9.Click the image to see more
The whole idea behind reversible lap direction is to overcome the effects of the differential strains in crystalline growth, whichresults in striated or otherwise zoned hardness differences
Extract taken from issue 63 page 5.Click the image to see more
Faceting a gemstone can be both fascinating and tedious and some of the tedium can be alleviated by being able to sit comfortably at the right height under appropriate lighting in order to make the necessary observations
Extract taken from issue 61 page 4.Click the image to see more
Barite is a very common mineral and can be found throughout the U.K. in a variety of
geological environments. In some places the mineral has been found in such a large amount as to be mined in its own right as an economic product
Extract taken from issue 59 page 9.Click the image to see more
In our issue #51 of September/October 2003, Jim Finlayson, the proprietor of AGATEWARE proposed and sponsored a mini competition for the UKFCG for the best
“Bullet” design, and one which would exceed 70% ISO brightness
Extract taken from issue 56 page 9.Click the image to see more
Sumner Olsen was born in 1918, and served in the United States Air Force for 33 years before retiring as a full Colonel, and unhappily, passed away in November 2000
Extract taken from issue 50 page 12.Click the image to see more
The cutting instruction sequence for ovals has been designed to achieve a specific length/width ratio to establish the correct geometry. Once the correct geometry has been
established, there is no reason to adhere to the cutting sequence
Extract taken from issue 48page 13.Click the image to see more
Opal is a non crystalline mixture, being an hydrated silica. It is considered to be a “hardened jelly”
By Keith Tucker
Extract taken from issue 47page 4.Click the image to see more.