Monthly Archives: October 2014

On reading “The World of Jewel Stones” by Weinstein

In my travels I decided to pick up a copy of a book called “The World of Jewel Stones” by Michael Weinstein that was published in 1958.  I seldom get books that are this old about gemstones because they really … Continue reading

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“Polish Wars” the ongoing saga of constant effort.

When I started faceting tourmaline many years ago, diamond was not generally considered the best polish for tourmaline.  When I got back into faceting seriously about 15 years ago, I never considered diamond as a polish for tourmaline.  In part … Continue reading

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Defeated by a different tourmaline or I wish I was in the pink.

It is not the first time that I have set out on a quest with a tourmaline crystal that has basically a bluish gray to gray core and a bright pink irradiation coat.  The vendor did not have a good … Continue reading

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