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 on: September 01, 2022, 05:28:35 pm 
Started by Santa Fe Gem Guy - Last post by slabbercabber
Acetone melts super glue.

 on: August 27, 2022, 07:13:39 pm 
Started by mehoose - Last post by MtnGirl2212
New site?  I just joined.  What is the address of the new site?
Thanks for your help.

 on: August 27, 2022, 08:51:57 am 
Started by Marc - Last post by Marc
Hello friends, new to the forum, thanks for having  me. I was wondering if ruby in zoisite has an undercutting risk? If yes, what is the best polishing compound for it? Avoid cerium? Linda A is better? Thanks.

 on: August 26, 2022, 06:48:39 pm 
Started by mehoose - Last post by mehoose
Annnnd she's back again!
Good heavens, 8 years since my last post. Plenty has happened, plenty hasn't happened as hoped but hoping to reconnect with a few of you again.

I hope everyone is doing okay and finding Zen moments with rocks to block out the life crazies.

AHA! Okay, found the new site so will be posting in there from now on.

 on: August 24, 2022, 01:06:41 am 
Started by Santa Fe Gem Guy - Last post by prairiedog41
I was taught to put them in the freezer for a few minutes and then pop them off. 

 on: July 22, 2022, 07:44:17 am 
Started by hcrystals - Last post by hcrystals
Amethyst is a powerful stone, known as the "all purpose stone" because it can be used for almost any type of healing. It's a protective stone, helping to relieve stress and anxiety in your life, and the symptoms that accompany it, namely headaches, fatigues, and anxiety. It also aids in cell regeneration (supporting your bones and joints) and is reputed to improve your skin.

Amethyst is a member of the quartz family but has a slightly blue tint that gives it a unique and beautiful appearance. Amethyst crystals tend to be large and clear with what seems like a starry pattern inside them when held up to the light. If you have trouble finding or afford an amethyst crystal, you can buy amethyst jewelry instead!

 on: July 21, 2022, 07:38:58 am 
Started by hcrystals - Last post by hcrystals
Iolite is the gemstone variety of the mineral cordierite. Iolite crystals are usually transparent to translucent forms of the mineral.

Iolite is a silicon dioxide variety that occurs in quartz and other minerals, including many different varieties of cordierite. It has a brilliant blue color and can be found in the United States, Sri Lanka, Brazil, and elsewhere around the world.

The name iolite comes from Greek words meaning "to clear away" or "to make clear." The name comes from the ancient belief that iolites could remove obstacles in people's lives by helping them see clearly.

 on: July 20, 2022, 05:41:54 am 
Started by hcrystals - Last post by hcrystals
Rose Quartz is a pink form of quartz. It is also known as Hyaline Quartz. It has a pale pink coloring and translucent transparency and a vitreous luster.

Rose quartz is found in many locations worldwide, including Brazil, Afghanistan, Maine and Israel. The color of rose quartz ranges from light pink to deep red, depending on the amount of iron in its composition. While most rose quartz is hexagonal prismatic crystal, it can also form into other shapes such as pyramids, prisms and octahedrons.

 on: July 19, 2022, 04:30:47 am 
Started by hcrystals - Last post by hcrystals
Black Tourmaline is part of the Tourmaline family. It is also known as Schorl and is a style of silicate crystal. Black Tourmaline is usually found in the form of black or brown gemstones, but it can also be found in other colors such as red, green, yellow and blue.

Black Tourmaline has many uses including jewelry making. The most common use for Black Tourmaline is for body jewelry as it enhances your energy levels and provides protection against negative energies. It is believed that wearing Black Tourmaline will help you to keep an even keel when dealing with difficult situations or emotions.

The color of Black Tourmaline has been used since ancient times to bring good luck to those who wear it.

Let me know if anyone can share more details on it.

To shop Black Tourmaline Crystals check this link -

 on: July 18, 2022, 10:12:35 pm 
Started by Stormrider51 - Last post by StillRockinPdX
Well, it's done.  I had to dismantle everything to the right of the pulley.  Once that was done the actual replacement of the wheels was simple enough.  Reassembly went well.  It's important to not lock anything down until all parts are in place.  This allows the shaft to line up.  Glad it's done.  Hope I don't have to do it again soon!


- how did you get the bearings on to the shaft? Iím stuck there.

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