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 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.


 on: August 23, 2021, 11:02:12 am 
Started by lapidary john - Last post by lapidary john
1. Building own machines - because none that I am aware of available in UK.  Postage way too high to buy from overseas.
2. Collecting from around world
3. Collecting agates and jaspers from Scottish beaches
4. Have tried Tumbling, Cabbing and faceting with mixed results.
5. Collecting pottery and beach glass from beaches.
6. Completed 14" diamond saw and now designing lapping machine and grinding machine.
7. Hope to attempt some jewelry projects soon.

Anyway - Hello everyone.

 on: August 14, 2021, 01:24:44 pm 
Started by PicksofDestiny - Last post by PicksofDestiny
I think I had a membership here before but I can't remember my user name so I am new again! I am a musician who make guitar picks for a hobby. I give a lot of them away but I have sold a few.

I am getting back into the hobby and wanted to share my creations here!

 on: July 23, 2021, 11:08:34 am 
Started by petwudluvr - Last post by petwudluvr
I have an old 14" Frantom slabbing saw I bought used about 11 years ago. It worked great for months, then I got busy with life and stopped lapidary. Getting back into it now, but the carriage will not advance. The clamp in front seems to work. T dunno28he threaded rod is not moving when I turn the motor on. Belt is connected to the arbor in the back, which goes into what looks like a gearbox. Any ideas on the problem, and how to rectify it? (I think I used oil way too thick and it's all gunked up, plus sat for 10 years so I have to clean all that out. Could that somehow cause this help issue?)  help

 on: March 23, 2021, 03:52:40 am 
Started by drishtigems - Last post by drishtigems
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