Take this as it is meant. I do not know you, and this is not a
personal attack. Still what you propose is objectionable to many of
I would not tell you where your friend could get his rough faceted,
if I knew! Many on this list are US lapidaries, and many of them are
struggling to compete against shops in countries where labor laws,
CHILD labor laws, and environmental regulations are either
non-existent or not enforced.
There are some on this list, I am sure, who will recommend an
overseas cutter. Probably in a nice place where child labor, prison
labor, starvation, etc make labor costs hard to beat. There are some
truly beautiful souls in the jewelry business, both here and abroad.
After all, the real value of anything is measured in dollars and
cents, never in human terms.
Dos Manos Jewelry