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GEMSTONE CUTTING & POLISHING
sa   GEMSTONE CARVING
sa   GEMSTONE CUTTING & POLISHING DESIGNS & PATTERNS
sa   GEMSTONE CUTTING & POLISHING EQUIPMENT
sa   GEMSTONE DOPPING & TRANSFERING
sa   GEMSTONE DRILLING & CORING
sa   GEMSTONE SAWING
sa   GEMSTONE TUMBLING
sa   GEMSTONE TURNING
x   FACETING
x   LAPIDARY
xx   GEMSTONE
xx   JEWELRY
xx   POLISHING

The handbook of flat lapping. Part 3. Cutting with the flat lap.
GEMS & MINERALS #483 Jan 1978 pg. 46

The handbook of flat lapping. Part 4. Cutting with the flat lap (continued).
GEMS & MINERALS #484 Feb 1978 pg. 50

Cutting and finishing ulexite.
GEMS & MINERALS #484 Feb 1978 pg. 52

How to facet and polish opaque tigereye, a good one-evening project.
GEMS & MINERALS #484 Feb 1978 pg. 2340

The handbook of flat lapping. Part 5. Gang lapping.
GEMS & MINERALS #485 Mar 1978 pg. 44

Faceting for beginners. Part 8. Polishing laps.
GEMS & MINERALS #486 Apr 1978 pg. 31

The Handbook of flat lapping. Part 6. Polishing laps.
GEMS & MINERALS #486 Apr 1978 pg. 46

One way to make shiners. Gemstone polishing hints from Rudy and Ruth Ramacher.
GEMS & MINERALS #487 May 1978 pg. 50

The Handbook of flat lapping. Part 7. Practical examples and projects.
GEMS & MINERALS #488 Jun 1978 pg. 38

How I cut malachite. Tips on cutting this more expensive gemstone.
GEMS & MINERALS #490 Aug 1978 pg. 26

The handbook of flat lapping. Part 9. Other laps and lapping techniques, including the vibrating lap and the passive lap.
GEMS & MINERALS #490 Aug 1978 pg. 49

How to make intarsia spheres from gemstone materials.
GEMS & MINERALS #491 Sep 1978 pg. 16

The handbook of flat lapping. Part 10. Other uses for a vertical arbor include the cutting of gemstone spheres. The technique is described.
GEMS & MINERALS #491 Sep 1978 pg. 72

How to apply lattice lenses to make star and cat's-eye stones. How to cut the stone material and bond the lattice lens to the back.
GEMS & MINERALS #492 Oct 1978 pg. 42

Tigereye and its kissing cousins. Sources and cutting hints for this gemstone.
GEMS & MINERALS #493 Nov 1978 pg. 16

Faceting for beginners. Part 9. Damage and contamination.
GEMS & MINERALS #494 Dec 1978 pg. 64

Faceting for beginners. Part 10. Lap sizes.
GEMS & MINERALS #495 Jan 1979 pg. 38

How to joint six triangular-shaped pieces together to form a six sided cabochon.
GEMS & MINERALS #495 Jan 1979 pg. 57

How to cut a Gilson emerald.
GEMS & MINERALS #499 May 1979 pg. 11

Guidelines for polishing jade by Gerald I. Hemrich, author of "Handbook on Jade."
GEMS & MINERALS #500 Jun 1979 pg. 76

Tip: How to use woven rayon mesh impregnated with silicon carbide grains for sanding cabochons.
GEMS & MINERALS #501 Jul 1979 pg. 64

How to tumble, cut facet, and carve rose quartz. Special emphasis is on how to orient the star.
GEMS & MINERALS #502 Aug 1979 pg. 16

Faceting for beginners. Part 14. Selecting faceting materials.
GEMS & MINERALS #502 Aug 1979 pg. 52

The 1980 Directory Reference Almanac. Conversion tables, charts and definitions most often referred to by jewelry makers, gem cutters and rockhounds.
GEMS & MINERALS #503 Sep 1979 pg. 97

Faceting for beginners. Part 15. Preforming.
GEMS & MINERALS #505 Nov 1979 pg. 36

How to work with nephrite, jadeite and jade. Details on undercutting, flat lapping and polishing.
GEMS & MINERALS #505 Nov 1979 pg. 40

Faceting for beginners. Part 16. Preforming (continued) and sawing rough material.
GEMS & MINERALS #506 Dec 1979 pg. 30

How to facet opal triplets.
GEMS & MINERALS #506 Dec 1979 pg. 68

Faceting for beginners. Part 17. Preforming (continued).
GEMS & MINERALS #507 Jan 1980 pg. 40

Faceting for beginners. Part 18. Preforming (continued).
GEMS & MINERALS #508 Feb 1980 pg. 63

Working chrysocolla.
GEMS & MINERALS #510 Apr 1980 pg. 24

Freeform cutting of cabochons. Includes the basic mathematics used to generate cabochons.
GEMS & MINERALS #511 May 1980 pg. 10

Beryl for the gem cutter. A look at the varieties of beryl and recommended lapidary treatment.
GEMS & MINERALS #512 Jun 1980 pg. 56

Faceting for beginners. Part 19. Orientation for color.
GEMS & MINERALS #513 Jul 1980 pg. 59

A look at malachite and a summary of its lapidary treatment.
GEMS & MINERALS #514 Aug 1980 pg. 11

A guide to cutting non-oval cabochons.
GEMS & MINERALS #514 Aug 1980 pg. 66

1981 directory, Reference Almanac. Conversion tables, charts, and definitions most often referred to by jewelry makers, gem cutters, and rockhounds.
GEMS & MINERALS #515 Sep 1980 pg. 97

How to facet apacite or other soft gem materials. Includes instructions for the fancy cut.
GEMS & MINERALS #517 Nov 1980 pg. 44

Polish faceted stones using this inexpensive system consisting of a single sided phenolic polishing lap, three polishing compounds and diamond lubricant.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #519 Jan 1981 pg. 6

Tip: Use a circular lap of fine-grained polystyrene to polish difficult stones.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #520 Feb 1981 pg. 30

How to facet cerussite.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #521 Mar 1981 pg. 8

Faceting tips from a pro. Selecting rough material, polishing peridot, make a wax lap, polish a cleavage plane, etc.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #521 Mar 1981 pg. 16

Tip: How to get a perfectly flat face on material being worked on a vibrating lap.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #521 Mar 1981 pg. 27

Oxalic acid, the rockhound's helper. Use as a cleaner and polishing aid.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #522 Apr 1981 pg. 50

Improvised faceting. A technique for cutting that makes use of standard faceting machines and accessories, but without any preconceived pattern or design.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #527 Sep 1981 pg. 84

Reference almanac. Conversion tables, charts and definitions most often referred to by jewelry makers, gem cutters and rockhounds.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #527 Sep 1981 pg. 97

Tip: How to polish large flat slabs on a vibrating lap.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #528 Oct 1981 pg. 49

Tips for jewelry makers. (1) Cutting jade with a Damascus separating disk. (2) Use dental bristle brushes to polish jewelry. (3) Soldering ring shanks without removing stone.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #529 Nov 1981 pg. 6

How to smooth and polish a stone by hand using a heavy sheet of glass and some silicon carbide abrasive in various grits.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #531 Jan 1982 pg. 14

An introduction to meet point faceting. How to cut a marquise without preforming.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #533 Mar 1982 pg. 22

How to avoid the "fish eye effect" cutting error.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #533 Mar 1982 pg. 44

A simple way to leave a polish-like finish on rocks by using a polymer compound (instead of grinding, lapping, sanding and polishing).
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #535 May 1982 pg. 16

Considerations in judging faceted stones entered in competition.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #536 Jun 1982 pg. 53

Competitive freeform cabochons. Techniques and tips from a trophy winner.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #538 Aug 1982 pg. 16

Meet point faceting of heart-shaped stones.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #539 Sep 1982 pg. 10

A look between the lines of faceting instructions. Tips on solving a variety of problems encountered when using a faceting machine.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #542 Dec 1982 pg. 34

A five-point checklist is suggested for beginning faceters to help prevent errors.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #543 Jan 1983 pg. 76

Tips on varying the angles when faceting cubic zirconia.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #544 Feb 1983 pg. 6

Tip: The Meet Point faceting technique does not require an ultra-precision faceting machine.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #544 Feb 1983 pg. 6

Tip: "Nitch" the outside edge of a cabochon with a trim saw before grinding.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #546 Apr 1983 pg. 24

Description of a method for polishing faceted gems of 7.5 hardness and harder on a cast iron lap.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #546 Apr 1983 pg. 68

Using the vibrating lap. Working tips for polishing clock cases and other flats.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #547 May 1983 pg. 16

The art of "nature-form" cabochons. Tips on using the "Lorton Stroker" to form decorative colored stones into cabochons by hand.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #550 Aug 1983 pg. 28

A technique for using the oscillating or vibrating lap to weight and polish 3 or 4 slabs or geodes at one time.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #550 Aug 1983 pg. 36

Tips on making a gemstone egg.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #553 Nov 1983 pg. 12

"Electroplating" by El Cheapo. Embellish polished agates with gold paint and make them into pendants. Includes instructions on casting several agates in plaster of paris blocks prior to slabbing.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #553 Nov 1983 pg. 50

How to cut a truly round stone. How to obtain useable accuracy when preforming rough gem material by cutting 16 equal girdle facets. Methods include cutting by sound and using girdling devices.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #555 Jan 1984 pg. 5

Tip: An opal triplet may be separated (unglued) by using oil of wintergreen.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #555 Jan 1984 pg. 20

Faceting C-OX. Instructing for cutting the new man-made material.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #556 Feb 1984 pg. 8

Profiles in jade. Tips on converting scrap jade slabs into interesting sculpture.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #557 Mar 1984 pg. 10

Tip: How to align and polish small facets that are difficult to see.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #557 Mar 1984 pg. 22

Tip: How to use the Thompson Traverse method of getting accuracy in girdle facets.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #558 Apr 1984 pg. 37

Tip: How to cut small stones on a diamond wheel.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #559 May 1984 pg. 18

Tip: Use adhesive putty to attach weights on rocks when flat lapping.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #559 May 1984 pg. 19

Frame a pretty picture. Something different for cabochon cutters. How to surround a rectangular piece of decorative stone with a border of a different stone and then create a pendant-shaped cabochon.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #562 Aug 1984 pg. 16

Catalyst altered water for gem polishing. Greatly improved speed of polishing and quality of polish have been noted when using a highly ionic form of water.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #563 Sep 1984 pg. 58

Faceting tips for the beginner's blues. Part 2. Includes information on material, stone size, cut and planning, dopping, etc.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #564 Oct 1984 pg. 5

Faceting hints. Includes tips on using diamond paste, diamond spray, extender fluid, etc.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #565 Nov 1984 pg. 6

Tip: How to remove scratches or small chips from the tables of faceted gems without removing the stones from their mountings.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #565 Nov 1984 pg. 15

Polishing techniques. Excerpts from the book "Master Faceting" by Gerald L. Wykoff. Part 1.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #566 Dec 1984 pg. 5

How to polish thin gemstone windchime slabs without cracking or breaking them.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #566 Dec 1984 pg. 40

Polishing techniques. Excerpts from the book "Master Faceting" by Gerald L. Wykoff. Part 2. Techniques to avoid polishing scratches.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #567 Jan 1985 pg. 5

Some handy hints for gemcutters. How to saw and polish (lap) geodes known as "Mexican Coconuts".
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #567 Jan 1985 pg. 26

Polishing techniques. Excerpts from the book "Master Faceting" by Gerald L. Wykoff. Part 3. New developments in polishing. Techniques to improve polishing.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #568 Feb-Mar 1985 pg. 5

Polishing techniques. Excerpts from the book "Master Faceting" by Gerald L. Wykoff. Part 4. Hand lapping.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #569 Apr 1985 pg. 5

Tip: Use silicone rubber caulk to hold specimens for flat lapping.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #570 May 1985 pg. 20

Faceted stone polishing. Theory and practice. A variety of methods to achieve a good polish are discussed.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #572 Jul 1985 pg. 5

The Bielby layer concept in gemstone polishing.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #573 Aug 1985 pg. 13
Added Info JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #574 Sep 1985 pg. 5

Advice on polishing soft stones from a diamond cutter.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #573 Aug 1985 pg. 23

Facet grinding and finishing. Theory and practice. An in-depth analysis of the factors involved in getting a good polish.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #573 Aug 1985 pg. 28

Polishing laps and powders. Theory and application. An in-depth study for faceters.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #574 Sep 1985 pg. 42

Tip: Coat small cracks in gemstones, geodes, etc. with melted paraffin. This prevents the cracks from collecting grit.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #574 Sep 1985 pg. 52

New faceting techniques for friable, stressed and heat-sensitive stones.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #576 Nov 1985 pg. 44

Tip: How to cut opal with a faceting machine.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #576 Nov 1985 pg. 54

Tip: Use "Johnsons Baby Oil" in place of extender fluid.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #576 Nov 1985 pg. 54

All facets great and small. Tips on table cutting and polishing.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #577 Dec 1985 pg. 20

Method to cut very thin and accurate slices of opal on a faceting machine.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #579 Feb 1986 pg. 45

I'm learning. Part 9. Cutting and polishing a gemstone.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #582 May 1986 pg. 5

The unconventional cabochon. How to make cabochons of unusual shapes like bells, leaves, penguins, free forms, etc.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1978 (v.32#1) pg. 224

Faceting must be difficult. How do you do it. An amature suggests that the best way to illustrate and practice faceting is to cut and polish glass marbles. A series of marbles can illustrate the production of a gemstone step-by-step.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1978 (v.32#2) pg. 616

How to make super polished cabochons. The seven step surface preparation and polishing procedure plus other tips.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1978 (v.32#3) pg. 730

The Gilson opal triplet and how to make it. A three piece gemstone made by cementing together a thin piece of precious opal between a backing piece and a layer of optical quartz or other clear material.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1978 (v.32#4) pg. 1014

Finishing rocks by hand. How to grind, sand and polish rock specimens, geode halves and slabs by hand, without expensive machinery.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1978 (v.32#5) pg. 1118

Getting the most out of faceting material. A visual-graphical method for cutting and performing.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1978 (v.32#5) pg. 1120

Bicabs and tricabs (showcabs) easily made. Glue pieces of different rocks together, separated with pieces of nontarnishing stainless steel. Then cut and polish the composite cabochons in the normal way.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1978 (v.32#7) pg. 1486

Cubic zirconia cutting and polishing techniques.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1979 (v.32#11) pg. 2390

Suggestions on ways to use rock slabs.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1979 (v.32#11) pg. 2396

How to produce perfectly flat surfaces.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1979 (v.32#12) pg. 2594

Tip: An alternative process for polishing soft stones.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1979 (v.32#12) pg. 2610

Typical problems involved in using a 15" vibrating lap to sand and polish flat faces of agates and geodes. Practical solutions discussed.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1979 (v.32#12) pg. 2668
Added Info LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1979 (v.33#7) pg. 1522

The 33rd annual Rockhound Buyers Guide.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1979 (v.33#1) pg. 4

Cutting free form cabochons. Covers analyzing the rough material and judging what shape can come out of a slab.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1979 (v.33#1) pg. 66

Cutting Charoite, a new mineral from the Lake Baikal region of Russia. Covers slabbing, rough grinding, and polishing.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1979 (v.33#1) pg. 216

Scratchproof facet and cabbing polishing technique.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1979 (v.33#1) pg. 268

Oakey's sour polishing technique. How to use a vinegar solution or vinegar, Karo syrup and soap to make a scratch-free polishing solution.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1979 (v.33#2) pg. 522

Collecting Minerals, a Handbook..." Part 5. A summary of ways to produce gemstone jewelry. Tips on tumbling, cutting, cabochons, lapping and carving.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1979 (v.33#2) pg. 538

The B.W. Anderson method of determining the refractive index when you don't own a refractometer.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1979 (v.33#3) pg. 800

Shop practice for gem cutting by Pierre Gilson. Recommended methods for cutting and polishing Gilson-created precious stones. Also includes a list of suppliers for the various materials required.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1979 (v.33#3) pg. 826

How to make a parallel cut on a cabochon.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1979 (v.33#6) pg. 1332

How to cut flat, curved, circular and conical facets.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1979 (v.33#8) pg. 1694

One faceter's suggestions on how to work with phenolic laps and not get scratches.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1979 (v.33#8) pg. 1822

How to obtain an attractive sheen effect from layered obsidian.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Dec 1979 (v.33#9) pg. 1978

Faceting Slocum stone, a man-made gemstone resembling opal.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Dec 1979 (v.33#9) pg. 2038

A safety guide for lapidary and gem hobbyists. Part 2. Safety in the home and shop.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1980 (v.33#11) pg. 2308

Cutting rhodolite garnet for brilliance and recovery.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1980 (v.34#2) pg. 500

The art of cabbing and sphering on a faceter.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1980 (v.34#2) pg. 520

A glossary of lapidary terms.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1980 (v.34#2) pg. 584

Basic faceting. Part 1.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1980 (v.34#3) pg. 770

Basic faceting. Part 2.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1980 (v.34#4) pg. 984

A look at Ultra laps that require little or no slurry.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1980 (v.34#4) pg. 994

Working with clean planes. A step-by-step description of the basic procedures for stones in the 5 carat size range.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1980 (v.34#5) pg. 1050

Basic faceting. Part 3.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1980 (v.34#5) pg. 1168

How to cut quality stones from Kashan ruby crystals.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1980 (v.34#5) pg. 1194

A look at some of the soft lapidary materials and ways to use them. Covers alabaster, amber, bone, catline, crocoite, gypsum, horn, ivory, jet, lepidolite, meerschaum, prousite, shell, serpentine, soapstone, ulexite, and vivianite.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1980 (v.34#6) pg. 1236

How to get started in lapidary.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1980 (v.34#6) pg. 1386

More soft stones for lapidary: calcite, coral, domeykite, howlite, shatluckite, azurite, malachite, dolomite, fluorite, magnesite, rhodochrosite, serpentine, smithsonite, and thulite.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1980 (v.34#7) pg. 1452

How to cut spectrolite.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1980 (v.34#7) pg. 1614

An outline of the types of books that should be in a basic lapidary library and suggested titles for each category.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Dec 1980 (v.34#9) pg. 1884

Gem lore and faceting diagrams. A series which deals with the art (or science) of faceting. Part 1. The history of gemstones.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1981 (v.34#10) pg. 2188

Buying faceting rough. A description of several types of faceting rough that are available and peculiar problems that might not be expected or easily visible.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1981 (v.35#1) pg. 30

For the beginning faceter. Part 1. What to facet.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1981 (v.35#3) pg. 676

Tips on working obsidian.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1981 (v.35#3) pg. 738

For the beginning faceter. Part 2. Selecting and preforming rough gem material.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1981 (v.35#4) pg. 862
Correction LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1981 (v.35#6) pg. 1244

The saga of faceting. Instructions for the beginner on the art of faceting and how to get started in this hobby.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1981 (v.35#4) pg. 938

Gem lore and faceting diagrams. Part 5. Selection of cutting material (rough).
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1981 (v.35#6) pg. 1226

For the beginning faceter. Part 4. Cutting stone.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1981 (v.35#6) pg. 1240

Facet polishing tip for the new amethyst/citrine quartz.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1981 (v.35#6) pg. 1344

For the beginning faceter. Part 5. Polishing.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1981 (v.35#7) pg. 1436

How to buy CZ (cubic zirconia) facet rough.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1981 (v.35#8) pg. 1588

Cutting diaspore. Some tips.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1981 (v.35#8) pg. 1600

Gem lore and faceting diagrams. Part 7. A look at various mistakes or foibles which can be encountered during faceting.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1982 (v.35#12) pg. 2382

How to hand polish slabs using a minimum of equipment and supplies.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1982 (v.36#5) pg. 942

Processing scraps of ammonite (loose flakes and particles of flakes) into cabochons. Two methods described.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1982 (v.36#5) pg. 948

From rough to ring. A description of the various steps and decisions that must be made when shaping (faceting) a gemstone.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1983 (v.36#10) pg. 1710

Gem lore and faceting diagrams. Part 9. Four cutting sequences are described.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1983 (v.36#11) pg. 1858

How to eliminate uneven girdles in faceting. Some tips.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1983 (v.37#7) pg. 1076

How to recognize flaws in gemstone rough.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1983 (v.37#7) pg. 1084

On recutting old, worn and damaged stones.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Dec 1983 (v.37#9) pg. 1292

Thoughts on being a faceter. A discussion of some details which are beyond the scope of most "how to" articles.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1984 (v.38#5) pg. 690

A guide to choosing facet rough.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1985 (v.38#11) pg. 1472

Some experiences and suggestions from an amateur faceter. Includes tips on faceting diagrams, dopping and transfer, diamond cutting laps, polishing, etc.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1985 (v.39#3) pg. 6

Cabbing for repairs. Cabbing standard-sized stones and free forms, and reworking stones that are chipped, scratched or dulled. Some tips.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1985 (v.39#5) pg. 48

Lapidary experiments using non-traditional materials, techniques and projects. Some ideas.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1985 (v.39#6) pg. 42

Faceting for fun. Practical guidelines for the beginning cutter.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1985 (v.39#8) pg. 34

Tip on cutting malachite.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1986 (v.39#10) pg. 70

Tips on buying rough cutting material.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1986 (v.39#10) pg. 70

Tip: Use carbide glass cutter to trim slabs for cabochon preforms.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1986 (v.39#10) pg. 72

Tip: Use a mixture of "Tide" and cerium oxide on a hard-to-polish cab.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1986 (v.39#11) pg. 64

Tip: Add pumice powder to 600 grit slurry for a brighter final polish.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1986 (v.39#11) pg. 65

Tips on selecting facet rough.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1986 (v.39#12) pg. 17

Tips on working "spectrolite", a variety of labradorite.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1986 (v.39#12) pg. 17

The most common combinations of buffs and polish compounds are noted.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1986 (v.40#1) pg. 79

Tip: Use crushed turquoise mixed with clear epoxy to fill small defects in turquoise gemstones.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1986 (v.40#2) pg. 15

Tip on polishing flats with a Lortone vibrating lap.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1986 (v.40#3) pg. 14

Tip on polishing jade.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1986 (v.40#4) pg. 13

Tip explains the purpose of each different color of "rouge".
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1986 (v.40#5) pg. 65

Getting started. The beginners guide to creating a jewel. Jewelry maker explains the basics of cutting a cabochon, from trimming a slab of gem rough to bringing up the final polish. Also includes information on tumbling.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1986 (v.40#6) pg. 36

Tip on paste for polishing jade, rhodonite, or lapis.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1986 (v.40#6) pg. 56

Tip on repolishing stones without taking them out of the mounting.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1986 (v.40#6) pg. 57

Tip on orienting a high domed cabochon with a star in the center.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1986 (v.40#6) pg. 57

Tips on polishing opal.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1986 (v.40#7) pg. 56

Tips on getting the best "rainbow" from iris agate.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1986 (v.40#7) pg. 56

Tip on polishing Petoskey stone.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1986 (v.40#7) pg. 57

Tip on cutting spectrolite (labradorite).
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1986 (v.40#8) pg. 68

Tip on cementing opal doublets together with shellac flakes.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1986 (v.40#8) pg. 68

Tips on buying rough gem material for cutting a top quality stone.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1987 (v.41#1) pg. 172

Tips for polishing slabs, geode halves, etc.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1987 (v.41#1) pg. 173

Tip: Use water glass (sodium silicate) as a cement when cutting identical pieces.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1987 (v.41#1) pg. 174

Uninhibited gem designing. The Tiki Mask, a 23mmx30mm amethyst, demonstrates this professional lapidary's ideas and techniques for creative cutting.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1987 (v.41#2) pg. 49

Tip: Use a cork lap for polishing nephrite, rhodonite, lapis, etc.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1987 (v.41#2) pg. 62

Making doublets and triplets from small pieces of opal. Cement opal to black jade for a doublet. Cap with a quartz dome for a triplet.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1987 (v.41#3) pg. 45

Technique for orienting phenomenal stones to get the best chatoyance and color.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1987 (v.41#3) pg. 76

Tip on sanding a thin slab of iris agate.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1987 (v.41#3) pg. 77

Tips on the proper sanding needed to achieve a mirror polish.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1987 (v.41#4) pg. 71

Hobby businesses. Turning a lapidary hobby into a legitimate business. Some advice.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Dec 1987 (v.41#9) pg. 59

Tip: Clean grit off of a felt buff by holding a piece of soft wood (balsa wood) against it.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Dec 1987 (v.41#9) pg. 82

Orienting color in quartz gems. Tips on what to consider when orienting a piece of rough for cutting.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1988 (v.41#11) pg. 49

Hints on polishing fluorite.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1988 (v.41#11) pg. 78

Tip on orienting rough material to produce the eye in tigereye.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1988 (v.42#2) pg. 70

Spheres. With a few additions to an existing horizontal lap, a hobbyist can make gemstone spheres.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1988 (v.42#3) pg. 71

The soft touch. Art Grant shares his techniques for faceting soft stones, especially fluorites and calcites.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1988 (v.42#6) pg. 20
Correction LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1988 (v.42#8) pg. 14

Grooving for enhancement. Persistent problems in faceted stones are solved with negative cuts.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1988 (v.42#6) pg. 49

A new look at Charoite, a hydrous silicate of sodium potassium and calcium. Step-by-step instructions for cutting and polishing.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1988 (v.42#8) pg. 37

Inlaid marble sphere is made by gluing up a blank from seven different types of colored marble. Some tips.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1988 (v.42#8) pg. 41

Tip on cutting and polishing opalized wood.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1988 (v.42#8) pg. 76

Economic substance. Advice on determining if your lapidary activity qualifies as a "business" for income tax purposes.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1989 (v.42#10) pg. 75

Tip on using small Naugahyde pads charged with diamond compound to polish stones by hand.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1989 (v.42#10) pg. 81

Study of the stars. How to locate stars (asterism) in various kinds of rough gemstone. Step-by-step directions for cutting quartz stars, with notes on garnet, beryl and corundum.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1989 (v.42#12) pg. 29

Using oxalic acid to prepolish gemstones and to remove stains from quartz and chalcedony.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1989 (v.42#12) pg. 69

Technique for fabricating a plume agate doublet is described.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1989 (v.43#1) pg. 184

Tips on using a vibrating lap.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1989 (v.43#3) pg. 68

Make a "super polish" by adding pumice to 600 grit sanding cloth.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1989 (v.43#4) pg. 68

Tips on eliminating problem scratches during the polishing operation by careful cleaning, changing speed, etc.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1989 (v.43#4) pg. 68

Tips on flat lapping without a lapping machine.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1989 (v.43#5) pg. 87

Tip: Use aluminum wire "lead" to outline cabocohons or for other marking on gemstone.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1989 (v.43#6) pg. 86

Tips on working opalized wood.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1989 (v.43#6) pg. 86

Tip on polishing chlorastrolite (green stone).
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1989 (v.43#7) pg. 85

Tip on polishing a slab of iris agate.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1989 (v.43#7) pg. 86

Reworking gemstones accidentally damaged or scratched through ordinary wear. Tips on repolishing and/or recutting.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1989 (v.43#8) pg. 71

Tip on preventing contamination of polish compound solutions.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1990 (v.43#11) pg. 105

Tip on polishing jaspers.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1990 (v.43#11) pg. 105

Jade cutters' tips for respiratory protection.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1990 (v.43#12) pg. 77

Shop safety. An extensive listing of the hazardous tools and chemicals in the workshop and the precautions to take when working with them. Safety information for small shops with applications in gold- and silversmithing, jewelry manufacturing, lapidary work, etc.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1990 (v.44#1) pg. 113

Faceting tip when using a ceramic lap to polish sapphires and chrysoberyl.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1990 (v.44#1) pg. 221

Tip on using baby oil as a diamond compound extender fluid.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1990 (v.44#1) pg. 221

Tip on fixing a hairline crack in a gemstone using super glue prior to cutting.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1990 (v.44#1) pg. 222

Tip on a safer method for polishing calcite onyx (Mexican onyx).
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1990 (v.44#2) pg. 82

Tip on gluing together various colored materials to make cabbing rough.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1990 (v.44#2) pg. 82

Tip on finishing (polishing) small flat surfaces like thunderegg halves.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1990 (v.44#4) pg. 88

Tips on faceting cuprite gems.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1990 (v.44#5) pg. 18

Tip on heating (curing) some porous lapidary materials to drive the moisture out prior to polishing.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1990 (v.44#5) pg. 101

Tip on using a fluorescent light to check the progress in grinding a gemstone.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1990 (v.44#5) pg. 102

Cleavage in quartz. How to recognize and adapt to the tendency of quartz to split along specific planes. Part 1.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1990 (v.44#7) pg. 48

Brief explanation of polishing compounds for both the novice and experienced lapidaries.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1990 (v.44#7) pg. 107

Cleavage in quartz. Part 2.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1990 (v.44#8) pg. 79

Time honored techniques. In a high-tech world, hand polishing brings satisfaction to lapidaries. Non-machine methods for grinding and polishing agate (or jasper) slabs and opal cabs.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1990 (v.44#8) pg. 99

Tip on achieving a good bond when gluing up a doublet.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1990 (v.44#8) pg. 106

Tip on cutting a fire agate cabochon.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1990 (v.44#8) pg. 106

Tips on cutting "cabochets", the forerunners of today's popular fantasy cuts.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1990 (v.44#8) pg. 107

It's what's inside that counts. Gem material with inclusions can often be faceted to form extraordinarily patterned pieces. Some tips.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Dec 1990 (v.44#9) pg. 87

Tip on reinforcing a thin slab prior to lapping.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Dec 1990 (v.44#9) pg. 109

Multiple choice. Techniques for polishing apatite or fluorapatite.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1992 (v.45#10) pg. 103

Faceting transparent opals. Some tips.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1992 (v.46#3) pg. 93

Faceting fluorite. Cutting and polishing fluorite requires modifying your usual techniques. Some tips.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1992 (v.46#4) pg. 91

Faceting hiddenite. Pleochroism and distinct cleavage are special considerations that affect the faceting of this stone.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1993 (v.46#11) pg. 107

Cabbing (cutting a stone into a rounded shape without facets). An introduction to lapidary as a hobby. Part 1. Setting up a shop.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1993 (v.47#1) pg. 121

How to cut the opal from Opal Butte, Oregon.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1993 (v.47#3) pg. 75

Tip on backing a dull cabochon with aluminum foil.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1994 (v.47#11) pg. 128

So you wanna make jewelry. A blueprint for getting started in jewelry making, stone setting, gem cutting, and/or gem carving.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1994 (v.48#1) pg. 119

The fascinating world of faceting. An introduction to the world of index gears and frosted facets. Tips on choosing a machine, what to cut, design, etc.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1994 (v.48#1) pg. 129

Tip on polishing rhodochrosite (Inca Rose).
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1994 (v.48#1) pg. 158

Cutting cabochons. One in a continuing series of articles on cabochon cutting for beginners.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1994 (v.48#3) pg. 102

Tip on heating nodule and thunderegg halves prior to polishing.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1994 (v.48#3) pg. 108

Tip on finishing the back of a cabochon first.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1994 (v.48#3) pg. 109

Cutting cabochons. Grinding the stone that you have been forming in this continuing series of articles on cabochon cutting for beginners.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1994 (v.48#6) pg. 102

Tip on making an opal mosiac triplet by applying colorful opal chips to a thin backing of black obsidian and covering with clear quartz.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1994 (v.48#6) pg. 109

Tip on grinding the flat surface on a stone to be used for a cabochon.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1994 (v.48#7) pg. 145

Cabbing figurines. An advanced cabbing project that describes a method of producing figureines of birds, flowers, and animals using only conventional lapidary equipment. Part 1. Selecting your material and cutting your slabs.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1995 (v.49#2) pg. 76

Cutting opal. Intermediate-to-advanced cutting project.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1995 (v.49#3) pg. 75

Cabbing figurines. An advanced cabbing project that describes a method of producing figureines of birds, flowers, and animals using only conventional lapidary equipment. Part 2. Grinding, sanding, polishing and cementing your piece.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1995 (v.49#3) pg. 104

Hand-polished opal cabochon. A beginner lapidary project.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1996 (v.50#1) pg. 92

Advice on using colloidal polishes.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1996 (v.50#1) pg. 102

Cabochon cutting and polishing for beginners.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1996 (v.50#2) pg. 157

Advice on how to hand polish a Petoskey stone.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1996 (v.50#3) pg. 110

Tip tells how to use the hot-needle test to distinguish jet from vulcanite. Also suggests how amber and other organic materials can be shaped and polished.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1996 (v.50#4) pg. 114

Grinding a cabochon. Tips for beginners on grinding and shaping stone.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1996 (v.50#6) pg. 109

Tip tells how to polish a cabochon dulled by wear without removing it from the mounting.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1996 (v.50#7) pg. 110

Slabbing on shares. How someone with stone but no saw and someone with a saw but no stone can work out a trade.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1996 (v.50#8) pg. 70

Cutting and displaying iris agate.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1997 (v.50#11) pg. 103

How to recycle a cabochon that has broken or chipped.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1997 (v.51#1) pg. 76

Cutting Australian boulder opal. An intermediate lapidary project. Part 1. Selecting and preparing rough, exposed opal.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1998 (v.51#12) pg. 59

Amazing Amazonite. A beginner lapidary project.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1998 (v.52#1) pg. 78

Cutting Australian boulder opal. Part 2. Dopping, cutting and finishing.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1998 (v.52#1) pg. 86

Pointers for new lapidaries. Rules of thumb and six methods for individual materials.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1998 (v.52#2) pg. 336

Rutile. Carving buried treasure. How to cut rutilated quartz. Intermediate skill level cutting project.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1998 (v.52#8) pg. 71

Tips on shop safety for beginning lapidaries and metalsmiths.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1998 (v.52#8) pg. 78

Cutting a 550-carat kunzite. An advanced faceting project.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1999 (v.52#10) pg. 91

A hand-made cabochon. A project for beginners who want to find out about working with gem materials without investing in machinery.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1999 (v.52#11) pg. 85

Cutting tips for fire agate, a lapidary challenge for beginners.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1999 (v.52#12) pg. 81

Cutting patuxent river agate. Beginner-to-intermediate project.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1999 (v.52#12) pg. 96

Cutting Mexican jelly opal. A project for beginners.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1999 (v.53#5) pg. 55

Getting started in gem cutting.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #497 Oct 1969 (v.65) pg. 114

Gem cutting techniques and equipment. Part 1.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1963 (v.19#4) pg. 18

Gem cutting techniques and equipment. Part 2.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1963 (v.19#5) pg. 26