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 on: Today at 01:30:02 am 
Started by NinaNyx - Last post by NinaNyx
Hello from the Pacific Northwest. I am new to the gem world. I was wondering if I could get your thoughts on these gemstones? Both are claiming to be natural Sapphire, one is a gigantic loose 2,236 carat stone and the other is a pair of earrings. The earrings are approximately $150 and the rock is at an auction currently bid at approx. $170 with two and a half days left to go. The gigantic loose stone says it is a "Corundum" Sapphire and has an appraisal card shown in its photo/ad. My question is how can they be so inexpensive if they are real Sapphire?  The website claims it is an "investment" I was shopping for a pair of Sapphire earrings as a gift to someone. help

 on: October 14, 2021, 02:01:27 pm 
Started by r49miner - Last post by illosia
I'll look into it for you man. hello everyone. I'll let you know here.

 on: October 10, 2021, 11:48:36 am 
Started by r49miner - Last post by r49miner
My names Chuk and I live in Idaho. I enjoy working in the lost wax Casting. I was going to get into faceting but a move and a new business took the opportunity away till now. I purchased a MDR Master faceting machine model # 8826 about 14 years ago. I was thinking of finally working with it now that I'm retired; However, I have misplaced and lost my user manual does anyone have a copy or a PDF file I can have????

Thank You Chuck

 on: September 20, 2021, 02:12:08 pm 
Started by MikeSD - Last post by MikeSD
Sorry I this is the wrong place. Or not allowed. My phone is a bit hard to read and do much searching.

But I have an unused, unopened, UltraTec V5 Digital readout that I'm going to sell. I had planned to educate myself on the process of faceting of some of my wife's sapphires, and other stuff but circumstances look like that's going to be put on hold, for some time.

I ordered this in May and it just arrived. Paid over $6000 for it and a ton of accessories.

Anyway, I'm looking for the best place to advertise this and do t know where to begin.  I'd like to sell it locally to avoid the hassle of shipping it.  It's all packed up still so I guess that's not a big deal.


 on: September 20, 2021, 01:59:55 pm 
Started by MikeSD - Last post by MikeSD
My wife is the collector.  But I've recently decided I need to learn a bit more about making art from rocks. ;)

 on: September 14, 2021, 10:12:56 am 
Started by woody - Last post by woody
I just wanted to take some time to say hello again. I haven't  had any contact in quite some time. I've had a few bumps along the road, some highs and some lows also. Things are looking better and are smoothing out, so I see better times ahead.
  Looking around the forum I see I've got a lot of reading to catch up on. Anyway, I'd like to say hello to everyone and to let everyone know it's time for me to start picking everyone's brain again. I hope everyone's happy, healthy and doing what makes you, you!     


 on: September 04, 2021, 12:33:47 am 
Started by jewelrytraders - Last post by jewelrytraders
We are in Arizona and need a good gem stone cutter.  Anyone?  I know Avian, Mickey, Ralph, Mason Kay, need independent, Thank you.

 on: September 04, 2021, 12:31:23 am 
Started by jewelrytraders - Last post by jewelrytraders
Hello, My Name is Joe Alosi, I have been in the jewelry trade 30 plus years. (Retired)I have a bit of inventory for rock lickers. I was in Diamond business and gems is not my forte'.  I am 100% service connected disabled Marine veteran and am not longer able to engage physically.  I would like to discuss options?  Thank you everyone.

 on: August 28, 2021, 11:46:04 am 
Started by lapidary john - Last post by lapidary john
Can anyone shed some light on the following - I have two Crystalpads, one is coarse textile and claimed to be final polish and the other is finer textile and is claimed to be pre-polish.  I think the identification has been mixed up when the company change hands?  some years ago.  I think the coarse textile pad should be pre-polish and the fine textile surface pad should be final polish.  If anyone has a packet of either one of these from many years back, I would appreciate that piece of information.    Thank you in advance.  I have spoken to the relevant company experts but was met with uncertainty.

 on: August 23, 2021, 11:16:51 am 
Started by lapidary john - Last post by lapidary john
I have a few questions for anyone who can help with identification of the correct Crystalpad for pre-polishing and final polishing(one has coarse surface the other has a finer textile surface - not sure which is which).  And, also the type of diamond paste to use on these pads - ie. water based or oil based etc...  Thanks in advance.


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