Very good point indeed, whatever happens is anyone's guess.
We are like the soldiers in that opening scene of McNamarra's great
documentary "The Fog of War". We know there is a war underway but we
see very little in the fog. There are revolutionary changes underway
in many fields but it is only recently that I saw enough to say that
stone work is one of those fields. I would like to know what others
see of the jewelry revolution, especially students starting out as
young adults who have many years ahead to explore and develop those
ideas and who may literally be taking commercial aerospace flights
from Sir Charles Branson's New Mexico Spaceport to stone working
shops on the Moon when they are my age.
I still have my first college geology text with the inside cover
signed and dated as 1961. The five PhD geologists who wrote "Outlines
of Geology" did not allude to plate tectonics or extremophile "bugs"
which can live miles below the Earth surface and in space or to
exogeology and the clash of planets and planetoids or to prospecting
for He3 and water ice on the Moon and many other matters which are
everyday fare for today's rock hounds. Think cosmologically - act
One of the best things be reveled will be the many options to
choose from concerning new materials to be sculpted by the hands of
I read a paper a while ago by a chemist who was researching the
making of construction bricks for the Moon. If you have lots of juice
electrically speaking (eg from He3 plants) the water shortage problem
is solved. Thus one revolution (in energy) can stimulate another (new
These new stony materials present in theory an almost endless
variety of lab-made stones from small crystals for rings to stones
for home and commercial sidings so I agree with the statement above.
In some installations my opinion is that the synthetics look better
than natural stones. They are "super" (above) the natural by the
aesthetics criterion in ARE (Aesthetic/Rare/Enduring). Thus I see
chemists who work with high temperature (and high pressure) as
leaders in the chemistry revolution. (example - "Jem" in that BBC
video who made diamonds with a blowtorch).
Didn't someone also mention "torch-on enamels" in that recent
thread? What kind of enamels might one get from the 7 PGEs in their
many compound states (Rhenium being the newest member as I posted a
couple of years ago)?
Al wondered "How would you maintain rarity in a synthetic". One
answer is that if you can keep the chemical formula/procedure as
secretive as that for Coca Cola and B&B liquer, you maintain
monopoly/rarity. The monks at the Benedictine Monastery here in Sto:
lo Nation (Fraser Valley) give tours to the public but they never
tell us how they make "the good stuff". What are "quantum diamonds"
as in that CBC video? How many secrets of quantum optics will be
given away to future jewellers?
Organic chemistry will also have revolutionary implications for the
FJ revolution. Sometimes I see new materials and they look very much
like mineral matter but they are plastics. The look and feel is very
"stony". I even made the mistake last year of putting some plates in
my kiln for the purpose of enamel testing, thinking they were
stoneware - they were plastic and caused havoc with the kiln shelf.
"Fossil fuels" were a recent thread on Orchid. If John Junior, a
future exogeologist born today is prospecting for the "parent
company", Rasmussen Gems off-planet at the end of this century and
finds igneous, sedimentary or metamorphosed organic stone on
Planetoid Exo, it is begging the question to assume that these
organic stones in space are made by inanimate forces. Most
cosmologists think there is alien life "out there". Do they have
Could BBC's Lexx be a highly animate Future Jeweller from Planet
DeBeers in Andromeda, blasting igneous-organic diamonds forever out
its exhaust pipe? Rock 9 on Planet DeBeers may find many such
coprolite fossils, metamorphosed from the original fine and coarse
igneous loose sediments excreted by the Lexxians millions of years
ago and metamorphosed by anvil-action as we saw in the video I posted
a couple of days ago on geothermal sapphires. Intrepid exoprospectors
can file a cosmological claim and start hauling stones off to Moonbat
Jewellers at the Lunar South Pole.
Perhaps those of us who do word smithing are also contributing to
the FJ revolution. I prefer the word aesthetics in the ARE acronymn
to beauty because beauty connotes female. Whenever I see the
spike-like Slesse Peak here or the Cheam Mountain Ridge I am
impressed by the aesthetics but I would not call it beauty. In the
yin-yang, le-la distinctions of "jade" the adjective seems to have an
Oriental tradition which is associated with either male or female
excellence. The excellence in those mountains impresses me as more
male than female. What do French scholars say? Is a mountain a "le"
or a "la"?
What of rarity? We see the Torart replication of Michaelangelo's
Pieta on YouTube. What if Michaelangelo had a robotic assistant which
could work 24/7 without going on strike or calling in sick? How would
that have changed art history, especially if da Vinci did not have
one? Mechatronic art is obviously a leader of the FJ revolution.
I also prefer the word enduring to durability. So what if diamonds
are hard and nephrite is tough? My Inuit/Eskimo carving in soft
steatite of dog sled, driver and team can easily be scratched or
broken but it will endure because anyone owning it will treat it
carefully and with respect. My Sto:lo fish carved in soft and easily
broken cedar hangs on the wall over this computer and it may be in a
museum 1,000 years from now.
There is some coal here in Sto:lo Nation. How enduring a well carved
piece in soft and brittle coal is depends on how well it is carved.
In 1,000 years it could have the value of the Pieta. Keepers will
make sure it endures.
Who are the Future Jewellers? Roboticist Warwick at Reading
University writes in his 1997 book "March of the Machines" that it is
inevitable the machines will be Future Sapiens. Moravec at CMU agrees
with this "Terminator" conclusion when he refers to our "Mind
Children" and to them surpassing "human equivalency". I disagree.
The anthropomorphic "Robojeweller" which I intend to purchase this
year could "live" forever. Broken and worn-out parts get replaced.
New parts get added. Over time it becomes "super" human in many, many
ways from SHAI (Superhuman AI) to superiority in the jewelry skill
profile, point by point. Its theme song could become the old ditty,
"Anything you (Homo Sapiens) can do, I can do better". But Future
Sapiens does not have to turn into Frankenjeweller.