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Wabi Sabi Collection

Wabi sabi has been called “the material manifestation of Zen” – everything that machine-made, technology-saturated culture isn’t. Wabi sabi is the charm and originality of imperfection, both inherent and time-gifted. Living through the senses, engaging in life as it happens, enjoying natural, unique, asymmetrical, and still-changing objects. Celebrating the marks of loving wear in a …

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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 final polishing. Processing time is related to the hardness, size, and complexity of the material …

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Gem Finder

Welcome to the Gem Finder where you can search for gems by Shape, by Color, by Gemstone Species, or by Gemstone Certification using the tables below. There are also pages to find Birthstones by month, Anniversary Gems by year, Zodiac Gemstones, Metaphysical Gemstones, New Gemstones, Featured Items, On Sale Gems, Designer Jewelry. And, if you …

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Gemstone Certification

Proliferation of technology for modifying natural gems – or for simply creating gems in the laboratory – has made it increasingly difficult to know you are getting the gem you paid for. My response to this issue is to provide documentation for every stone I offer. I NEVER purchase and resell cut goods. Every stone …

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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: What’s it worth? Synthetic or Natural? How to Create a Custom Engagement Ring Precious Stone …

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Custom Faceting Services

CLICK HERE for custom faceting services FAQ and SAQ. CLICK HERE for the forms to send your gems for evaluation now. The Gemstone Artist offers high-quality custom gem cutting and one-of-a-kind faceted gems and carved gemstone art. I create designer jewelry and can create custom gem designs for your special person, occasion, or group. Click …

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How Gems are Cut

There are a number of good machines available for cutting precious stones – a process called faceting. Although the machines may look complicated, they consist primarily of a grinding plate called a lap and a set of protractors that help the faceter hold the stone accurately against the lap. The faceter controls the actual faceting …

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The Gemstone Artist

Welcome to the home of high-quality custom-cut gems – including natural, untreated gemstones and certified gems. I’m John Bailey, and I provide faceting services for collectors, dealers, miners and museums around the world. As featured on the Travel Channel, I design and create custom gemstones and jewelry. Whether you want to purchase a one of …

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