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Rough Gemstone Cutting


DaveK

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Anyone here into that shit?? I started cutting stones 6 months ago. Going to Tucson for the big Gem Mineral show now... although my flight has been delayed 4 hours :( So now I can use that time to pester you guys. I haven't been to an event like this and have little knowledge about knowing wtf I'm looking for but will figure it out. If any of you mental giants have info to offer then please do :) Here's a couple of stones I've cut lately.

This is just a CZ from a bag of stones I happened across. Good practice on a hard stone to polish but not worth anything.

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Red Zircon.... basically a worthless stone but nice never the less.

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I chimed in here cuz I have a little bit of knowledge, by the appearance of your cutting skills (V-nice) - your little bit is bigger than mine !

My forte is more tumbling/polishing/setting and spotting original colours Vs irradiated. Never told Evo I was into this, he would have told me what a crock of shit it was & I should get a 'real' interest. RIP Evo.

Enjoy the show Dave, let us know where it leads you with your cutting.

ML

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9 minutes ago, Merrill Levi said:

I chimed in here cuz I have a little bit of knowledge, by the appearance of your cutting skills (V-nice) - your little bit is bigger than mine !

My forte is more tumbling/polishing/setting and spotting original colours Vs irradiated. Never told Evo I was into this, he would have told me what a crock of shit it was & I should get a 'real' interest. RIP Evo.

Enjoy the show Dave, let us know where it leads you with your cutting.

ML

I wellome anny menttione of Simon, a grande fellowe in manney wayes.  Miss hime dearley.                           :)

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8 hours ago, DaveK said:

For sure Ms Key West is going. But she can't leave until tomorrow.

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Wad a gem B)

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2 hours ago, Snaggletooth said:

I wellome anny menttione of Simon, a grande fellowe in manney wayes.  Miss hime dearley.                           :)

Yes we so miss EVO!!!  Definitely miss him dearly!!

Ill post pics of gems if I ever get there. 6 hours in Austin airport and flight cancelled. Paid $500 for a new flight. Plane late and missed connection in Phoenix. Still waiting on later connecting flight.... Sucky day but nice to remember EVO!! Hope he is doing well up there!!

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58 minutes ago, DaveK said:

Yes we so miss EVO!!!  Definitely miss him dearly!!

Ill post pics of gems if I ever get there. 6 hours in Austin airport and flight cancelled. Paid $500 for a new flight. Plane late and missed connection in Phoenix. Still waiting on later connecting flight.... Sucky day but nice to remember EVO!! Hope he is doing well up there!!

if you need to get there Rent a car !!

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Here's some pics from the gem show in Tucson. Some of it is very nicely done with expensive shit and most of it is just trash. And the people that work the trashy booths are another story. I ended up with a small hand full of rocks for around $1000. Even when spending $3 a carat on lower end rocks, it will add up quickly. A 3 gram stone would be $50. Imagine tourmaline at $50/carat = $750 for one tiny small rock.

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Total FAIL

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Always wanted to go, supposidly some of my gold specimens ended up at the show a couple of years ago.

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53 minutes ago, Guitar said:

Always wanted to go, supposidly some of my gold specimens ended up at the show a couple of years ago.

There were several places that you needed a tax id, jewelers membership id and business cards to get into. They really filtered people out of the good places and that's probably where the gold and nice diamond stuff was. I'll know next time so that I have all my documentation in order.

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