I think we need to remember 1 thing, LJ isn't interested in
lapidary or beads. It's interested in making $$$. They'll print
what sells advertising & subscriptions. Obvoiusly it's a lot
cheaper to get into beading than lapidary or jewelry making.
Takes less skill & practice to string beads also. I'm sure
lampworking & other bead making can be as challenging as you want
to make it. The point is there are probably a lot more folks out
there that have the urge to buy a magazine or book that tells you
how to take several strands of assorted beads, a spool of thread
& turn it in to something th at your friends will admire. Let'
face it jewelry & lapidary do take a time commitment & cash for
tools & raw materials. We may not like it, but jewelers &
lapidaries are a minority, relative to beaders.
I'd like to see more metalsmithing & faceting in LJ.
If you can't facet it, crush it up for road rock!