I got my start in gem cutting in 1957 and have progressed over the years into most forms of jewelry creations. I cut cabs, facet most kinds of gem materials (no diamonds). I carve wax patterns, make rubber molds from my patterns, inject wax patterns and then cast in sterlium plus, sterling silver and/or gold. In 2000 & 2001 I took 1st place at the International Gem Society in jewelry Design. In 2001 I took 1st place at the International Gem Society in Gem Carving. I also use a computer design program for cutting my faceted gems that has over 5,000 facet designs, plus I can also design my own. Using the right angles on faceted gems will produce better light return and make a much prettier stone. See Howard's work here.