Re: [Orchid] Suggestions for Lapidary Journal
Sorry, I had to change the title because we was off base. I hate to
ask Hanuman to intervene on this. That is a whole different issue we
should look at.
Anyway, I agree with Gerry 100% on this. Every faceted stone, cab
and carving I buy I hand pick every single piece. The stone reflects
my work. I have bought a number of cab cut stone from Ebay. I have a
group that I watch and buy their product because I know they cut it
in the US and the quality is very high. I bought stones from Jason
Penn at the SNAG show. His stuff is outstanding!!! Overseas cabs are
not fully polished, they do not always have flat back or good
shoulders. As for faceted stones they are cut for weight most of the
time. They have belly cuts or the angle is too shallow and you get
the window in them. I saw a 19ct faceted Tanzanite on one of those
TV shopping channels. It was a great piece of rough that would cut a
nice stone. The stone was dead with zero fire. The stone was cut
with a big belly and the facets did not look symmetrical. The asking
price was around $20,000. The public does not know any better. I
keep looking for a facetor in my area but they are all dying off so
quickly or have to give it up for health reasons.
Happy New Years!
Wishing everyone a prospers 2005!