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Learning how to cut and facet gemstones


#1

I live in the Albany, NY area and want to learn how to cut, polish
and facet Is there anyone in the area that can teach me?
I am willing to pay for lessons.

Thanks,
Dennis Lenhardt


#2

Dennis,

Suggest you go to www.amfed.org. this is the American Federation of
Gem and Mineral Socities and you should go to the Northeast
Federation page for all the clubs in your area. Call one and I am
sure they will have some classes somewhere.

Cheers from Don at The Charles Belle Studio in SOFL where simple elegance
IS fine jewelry!


#3

Hi Dennis,

I live in the Albany, NY area and want to learn how to cut, polish
and facet Is there anyone in the area that can teach
me? I am willing to pay for lessons.

You might try the following site.

http://www.usfacetersguild.org

It’s the US Faceting Guild’s (USFG) site. The USFG is an
organization of professional & amateur facetors. There are members
all over the US, probably some in your area that’d be able to help
you.

Dave


#4

Hi Dennis,

I live in the Albany, NY area and want to learn how to cut, polish
and facet 

I also live in the Albany area, and I just spoke with my gem
dealer/cutter. He’s not available to teach, but he did promise to
call me back with info on someone in the area who might be willing.
I’ll let ya know as soon as I hear back from him.

Cindy Crounse
Refined Designs


#5
I also live in the Albany area, and I just spoke with my gem
dealer/cutter. He's not available to teach, but he did promise to
call me back with info on someone in the area who might be
willing. I'll let ya know as soon as I hear back from him. 

Hi Cindy, Thanks for you response on my question. Ireally appreciate
any help that you can provide. I have been doing some mining and
have quite a bit of rough to work with but want to make sure that I
buy the right equiptment before I get started. I have a lot of info
on cutting but really need a hands on to feel good about it. I see
that your shop is in Voorheesville, that’s great as I am in Feura
Bush. I’ll have to stop up and say Hi one of these days.

Thanks again,
Dennis Lenhardt


#6

Hi Dennis,

I have been doing some mining and have quite a bit of rough to
work with but want to make sure that I buy the right equiptment
before I get started. I have a lot of info on cutting but really
need a hands on to feel good about it. 

I appreciate that you would like to spend time learning in your own
region of the country. However, there are three opportunities for
picking up the knowledge you will need prior to purchasing the
requisite equipment - and they are all a distance from you.

From the Orchid archives you can look up regarding
Wildacres and the William Holland School. The third opportunity takes
place during a three-day weekend in August each year in Flint
Michigan. The Midwest Faceter’s Guild hosts an annual training event
geared towards someone coming into faceting for the first time. In
the main class room, there are roughly 25+ or so machines of every
make, model and vintage. You will then be afforded the option of
trying out most every machine on the market.

In the scheme of training venues, this is a very inexpensive
weekend. If this interests you… you can contact the current
president for more specific He is Tyler Miller and can
be reached here: tmiller277@comcast.net

Roger Dery
Spectral Gems, Inc.
Rare Gems - Precision Faceting
Royal Oak, Michigan
@Roger_Dery