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Custom Faceting FAQ & SAQ

How long will it take? Faceting a precious gemstone is as much art as science, and must still be done by hand in a multi-step operation that includes evaluation, design selection (or even custom design creation), preforming, grinding, pre-polishing, and … Continue reading

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Gemstone Geometry

Most everyone has seen the “three bears” of stone geometry – Many American cutters have some version of this thing on their web site or brochure: The first “bear” is “pappa bear” – he looks very big from the top, … Continue reading

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How to Buy Jewelry

I’ve exchanged e-mail with many people about how to buy jewelry. And I always share the advice I’d give my best friend about how to buy jewelry and quality gems. Now, I’m sharing them with you. There are four parts: … Continue reading

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Metaphysical Gemstones

Through the ages different cultures have given different healing, or motivational powers to different precious gemstones. We have compiled a reference over the years from many sources – this being our personal reference for metaphysical properties of gemstones, conveniently linked … Continue reading

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The Gemstone Artist on Cash and Treasures

During the mining season of 2006, I was privileged to work with a crew from the Travel Channel on their new series “Cash and Treasures” when they came to Oregon in search of our state gem, the Oregon Sunstone – … Continue reading

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Testimonials for The Gemstone Artist

We received the pendants on Friday. We liked them a lot. The colors of the stones are quite unique and the silver makes them look good. Thanks for the work! My wife is very very happy and my daughter is … Continue reading

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