Amethyst Hexagon

14. January 2018 00:06

Here is a freshly cut amethyst. Weight is 9.06 cts. and width is 12.7 mm. Concave facets were used on the pavilion side of the stone while the crown is all traditional flat facets.

Post holiday updates

6. January 2018 00:07

Faceting related activity got prempted by the holidays. Finally got to posting the last of 2017 gems on the website.

These stones included several prasiolites (a light green variety of quartz) and even more garnets. Of course, the birthstone for January being garnet, that does seem an appropriate way to start the year. And if you need a garnet, but don't like red stones (or even better, have many red garnets already), be away that garnets come in just about every color. There has even been a recent finding of BLUE garnets! Browse some of the other pages on the site to see some other shades of garnet.

Pictured here is a purplish pink garnet from the Mahenge region of Tanzania.

Ten new stones

14. November 2017 00:08

Ten new stones posted today.


This time mostly quartz varities - Ametyst, citrine and rose quartz. The favored shapes for this batch are pentagons and octagons. A few of these stones were those being cut during the faceting demonstration at the recent San Luis Obispo Gem & Mineral Show.

Faceting Demonstration October 28th and 29th

25. October 2017 23:11

During the San Luis Obispo Gem and Mineral Show we will be showing how faceted gems are cut .

If you are curious how the sparkle gets added to colored gemstones, are a faceter yourself, or would like to learn faceting, please come by and visit with us during the show.

The show is being held at the Cambria Vet's Hall from 10am to 5pm both Saturday and Sunday. Parking and admission are free.

Only one hexagon this time

23. October 2017 23:11

Half a dozen garnets just posted. The prior batch featured a number of stones with hexagon outlines. Today's batch has only one hexagon. Instead there are several with an octagon shape.

Garnets and Quartz

11. October 2017 06:12

At long last I have posted a new batch of faceted stones. As usual, the photos do not do the stones justice. This group is half garnets and half quartz varieties.

Lots more to come!

Stones from Demo posted

21. August 2017 06:14

Finally got the stones completed that were used in the faceting demonstrations at the local club shows. Posted the batch of citrine and rose quartz

Faceting Demonstration this weekend

2. August 2017 06:15

We will be demonstrating gem faceting this week at the Orcutt Mineral Society Show being held Friday through Sunday at Nipomo High School.

Time for some canning

8. July 2017 16:30

It looks like I will be doing canning and freezing in the next couple days. Santa Barbara peaches, Santa Rosa plums, Hollywood plums, Emerald Drop pluots and burgundy plums all were ready to pick. Need to do a better job of thinning next year so there will be fewer but larger fruits.

Latest batch posted

7. July 2017 06:25

Finally got around to posting another batch of new gems on my gems website.

Other activities like keeping up with the garden (http://gallery.vistagrande.com/gallery/album.aspx?aid=198) have kept me from having time with the faceting machine lately.

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