Scratches From the Master Lap

This column was written for the Lynchburg Gem and Mineral Society. It contains a wealth of information about faceting and especially the Graves faceting machine.

I. Scratches from the Master Lap Dedicated to Bill and Joan Baltzley

This column will be devoted to ideas submitted by members who are stone cutters – from tumblers to faceters. If you have a problem or have solved a cutting problem and care to share your solution, this is your column – please submit your ideas to the editor or myself. The title for the column was suggested by a problem that had me stumped to the point of giving up faceting: it is the topic of the first article.


I was just about at my wits’ end: I had to re-cut a pavilion of a large pink Afghanistan topaz a third time to eliminate scratches which seemed to show up for no …

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