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Jeff R. Graham

The late Jeff Graham was a prolific faceter, creator of many original faceting designs, and the author of several highly-regarded instructional faceting books such as Gram Faceting Designs.

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“Not for Profit” Faceting Clubs

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to What faceting clubs and guilds do I support? Why?…

A Good Faceting Machine

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff.See what his answers are to What is a good faceting machine to start…

Almandine Garnet Faceting

Almandine is the most popular amongst the Garnet family. With its widespread around the world, only a small percentage being mined are of gem quality.…

Amber Faceting Information

Amber gem stones are just one of a few organic gemstones. They are formed by fossilization of tree resin. Ambers are rarely faceted and are very easy…

Amethyst Faceting Information

An Amethyst is the most valuable and precious stone of the quartz family. More often than not are Amethyst facet with good color, cut into fancy stones.…

Andalusite Faceting Information

Andalusite is a gemstone that has a play of different colors when viewed from different directions. Brief information on Andalusite facet and…

Apatite Faceting Information

Apatite is a name for the group of Calcium Phosphate minerals that come in various colors. Several information on Apatite Faceting, cuts and polishes.…

Aquamarine Color and Heat Treatment

There’s more to aquamarine color than blue. Most natural stones start blue-green and are heated to blue. Learn the pros and cons of this treatment.…

Aquamarine Faceting Information

Aquamarine is known for its sea blue – blue green color. It is also the official birthstone for the month of March. This is a guide on Aquamarine Facet.…

Are Man-Made Gemstones Real?

Get the insight of Jeff on all your questions and concerns about Gemstones. This “Just ask Jeff” article talks about the authenticity of man-made…

Barion Cut Designs

Barion cut designs aren’t just for diamonds. Jeff Graham offers some advice for faceting this style as well as choosing the right gemstones for…

Bisbee Mineral Show

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to What is the Bisbee Mineral show like?…

Bixbite Facet / Faceting Information

A Bixbite is more commonly known as a Red Beryl and are quite rare. This covers tips, guides and information on the cuts and facet that work for Bixbite.…

Buying a Faceting Machine

Get the insight of Jeff on all your questions and concerns about Gemstones. “Just ask Jeff” tackles faceting machine and a few helpful things you…

Buying and Pricing Gemstones

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics. Learn more about buying and pricing gemstones. How do I price my stones?

Buying Faceting Add-Ons

Just Ask Jeff: Do you really need faceting add-ons like dial, indicators, stain gauges, down lights, digital read outs? Read the opinions of Jeff…

Can You Make a Living Cutting Gems?

How much and how fast do you have to work if you want to make a living cutting gems? Jeff Graham has some advice for those who want to enter the business.…

Carats vs. Grams

Just Ask Jeff: Carats vs. Grams? Which is best? Most people can count and are not going to pay more for a stone just because it is weighed in carats.…

Carving a Black Jade Pendant Set

One of the featured Kraft Masters this year is a friend of mine named Jason Penn. Jason demonstrated carving/cabbing a black jade pendant set with…

Choosing the Right Faceting Machine

“Just ask Jeff” gives tips on choosing the right Faceting Machine. Several discounter’s will sell anything that they can and do not care about the…

Citrine Faceting Information

This is a source of information on tips and guides for Citrine faceting. A Citrine is a yellowish – yellow gold or yellow green variety of a Quartz.…

Color Change in Garnet

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff.See what his answers are to What Does a Top Color Change Garnet Look…

Colored Stone Grading System

“Just Ask Jeff” shares his thoughts on the Color Stone Grading System of The GIA. In May 2008, he had been informed that the grading system was modified.…

Commercial and Rough Stone Prices

Jeff R Graham shares about commercial and rough stone prices. See his answers to Why does rough cost almost as much as commercially cut stones sometimes?…

Crystalite Last Lap

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to What is a Last Lap and how do I use it?

Cut Stones Cost

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See his answers to Why is some rough stone like Topaz the same cost of cut stones?…

Cutting and Polishing Halite

Jeff R Graham shares about polishing halite on Just Ask Jeff. See what his successful tips to Just Ask Jeff: How to Polish Halite.

David C Freda Enameling Demo

David C Freda is a very well known metalsmith, artist, and naturalist. His work is considered some of the best in the world.

Demantoid Garnet Faceting

Essential information on demantoid faceting / facet garnet. Read up on the cuts, polishes, tips and a detailed guide on demantoids and learn…

Denatured Alcohol for Stones

Jeff R Graham shares his thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See the use of denatured alcohol in Just Ask Jeff: What Kind of alcohol should…

Designs and Designing: GemCad

Just Ask Jeff :There seems to be a lot of questions out there about gemstone designs and designing.Here are some common questions and answers about…

Designs and Designing: Tools

Just Ask Jeff :There are a lot of questions out there about gemstone designs and designing. Here are some common Q&As about designing tools and more.…

Determining C Axis on Topaz

Jeff R Graham shares determining c axis on topaz. See his answers to How do I tell where the “c” axis on Topaz is and orientate it?.

Digital Faceting Machine

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See his answer to Questions you need to ask when buying a digital Faceting Machine?…

Double Eagle Mining Company

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics on Just Ask Jeff. See what his thoughts are on Oregon Sunstone Mining – Double Eagle Mining Company.…

Faceting Equipment Essentials

Jeff Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to What Faceting Equipment Essentials you need to get…

Faceting Machine Considerations

Buying a used faceting machine is a lot like buying a used car, you can get a good one but you need to know the faceting machine considerations when…

Facetron Faceting Machine

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his thoughts are on Just ask Jeff: Review: Facetron Faceting Machine.…

Figuring Rough Cost

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics on Just Ask Jeff. Figuring rough cost on Just Ask Jeff: How do I figure rough cost?…

Finding Honest Experts

Jeff R. Graham covers the gemstone industry and says do not believe everything you hear. Just Ask Jeff shares his opinion on finding honest experts…

Fluorite Faceting Information

Faceting Information such as reviews, guide, tips and tricks. Choose what best fits the criteria for Fluorite gemstones together with helpful…

Friable Diamond Polish

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to What are Friable diamonds Polishes?…

Gemray or GemrayX Head Shadow

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics on Just Ask Jeff. See what his two cents are on Gemray or GemrayX head shadow.

Gemray vs GemrayX Image Rendering

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on topics on Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers and thoughts are on Gemray vs GemrayX image rendering..…

Gemshow Tips: Equipment

Jeff R Graham shares some gemshow tips on Just Ask Jeff. See what he has to share on Jeff’s tips for a Gemshow…Equipment?.

Gemshow Tips: Tucson

Jeff R Graham shares some gemshow tips: tucson on Just Ask Jeff. See what he shares on Jeff’s tips for a Gemshow, Tucson in Particular.

Gemstone Business: Invest and Cut

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on topics on Just Ask Jeff. See what he does to succeed in the Gemstone Business: Invest and Cut.

Gemstone Certificates

Can you rely on gemstone certificates to reveal everything that can affect the value of pricey gems? Learn what to look for when you have a gem certified.…

Glass Facet / Faceting Information

A guide to Glass Facet Information. Essential information on Glass faceting that includes tips on cuts and polishes together with helpful details.…

Gram Wagon Wheel Gem Design

Can an apex crown improve a gem’s tilt brightness? See how a gram wagon wheel gem design will affect your gem and how it compares to a round brilliant.…

Graves Faceting Machine

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and ideas on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his thoughts are on Just ask Jeff: Review: Graves Faceting…

Having an Unaligned Machine

Jeff R Graham talks about unaligned machine in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to What do I do if I think my machine is out of alignment?

Hiddenite Faceting Information

Essential Tips and suggestions about Hiddenite Tourmaline Faceting. Helpful information, details and guides on how to Facet Hiddenite Tourmaline…

How To Score Polishing Laps

Most gem cutters prefer using scored polishing laps. They work better and faster than non-scored laps. Learn how to score and break in your lap.…

Iolite Faceting Information

A guide to Iolite Faceting Information. Essential information on Iolite faceting that includes tips on cuts and polishes together with helpful…

Jeff’s Opinion on Laps

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to What is my opinion on laps? What do I use?…

Kraftwerks Event 2003

The Kraftwerks event 2003 is held in the actual factory environment. This event is a rare opportunity to meet some of the top people in the jewelry…

Kraftwerks Event 2004

The 2004 Kraftwerks was held in Ontario California at the Precious Metals West factory. There was a lot of past “Masters” from previous Kraftwerks…

Laps Treatment and Care

Just Ask Jeff: Care and Treatment of Laps – “Just Ask Jeff” gives a few tips on the basic things to do in the care of your laps and laps treatment

Making Money Faceting

The first thing you need to know is that making money faceting is not a very hard thing to do. Most people that learn to facet make some money.

Master Faceter

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what a “master faceter” is in Just Ask Jeff: What is a Master?…

Michael Hing’s Jubilee Project

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions, thoughts and suggestions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what he has to share on Just Ask Jeff:Jubilee…

Mokume-Gane Metal Techniques

Mokume-Gane Metal Techniques with James Binnion. This is a very old technique of fusing various different metals together using pressure and…

Morganite Faceting Information

Suggestions and successful tips on Morganite Facet. Offers details on Morganite stones, and related issues and topics that are essential in faceting.…

OMNI Faceting Machine

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and ideas on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his thoughts are on Just ask Jeff: Review: OMNI Faceting Machine.…

Opal Faceting Information

Covers essential opal faceting information and related issues, research, tips, and guides about Opal Faceting. Choose what best fits the…

Out Back Mining Company

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics on Just Ask Jeff. See what he has to share about Oregon Sunstone Mining – Out Back Mining Company.…

Polishing Garnets And Tourmalines

Garnet and tourmaline are popular jewelry stones. Learn to use the best techniques, abrasives, and laps for polishing garnets and tourmalines.…

Polishing Kunzite (Spodumene)

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. Polishing Kunzite in Just Ask Jeff: How to Polish Kunzite?

Polishing Quartz and Beryl

Jeff R Graham share about polishing quartz and beryl in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to How to Polish Quartz & Beryl?

Profit Making from Rough Gems

Just Ask Jeff answers “Can I make money cutting that rough?”. Profit making from rough gems is an important issue for all who want to facet and make…

Re-dopping a Stone

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answer is to Re-dopping a stone… How do I do it?.

Red/Brown Wax Dopping

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See Red/Brown Wax dopping in Just Ask Jeff: Wax or Glue?

Robert Casting Platinum

This is a quickie, the day the Kraft Masters were setting up Robert who is the plant manager at Precious Metals West casting platinum.

Rose Quartz Faceting Information

Suggestions for successful tips on Rose Quartz Facet / Faceting Information. Offers details on Rose Quartz stones, and related issues, tips and…

Sapphire Facet / Faceting Rough

Practical tips on Sapphire Facet. Covers Sapphire Faceting related issues, news, research, tips, and guide. Includes helpful details about…

Scapolite Faceting Information

Up to date information on Scapolite Faceting. Includes helpful information such as tips, guides, reviews and details on Scapolite gemstones…

Schiller/Oregon Sunstone

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his thoughts are on Schiller/Oregon Sunstone.

Selling Stones to a Jeweler

Jeff R Graham on selling stones in Just Ask Jeff. See his take on I sold a stone to a jeweler and later found out he made a killing on it, Am I too cheap?…

Several Ways to Clean Dops

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics on Just Ask Jeff. See the several ways to clean dops on Just Ask Jeff:How do I clean…

Several Ways to Polish Sapphires

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics on Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to Just Ask Jeff: How do I polish Sapphires?.…

Siberite Tourmaline Material

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to What does Siberite Tourmaline look…

Spectra (Ultralap) Lap

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See his answer to What is a Spectra (Ultralap) Lap? How do I use them?…

Spessartite Faceting Information

A guide to Spessartite Faceting Information. Essential information on Glass faceting that includes tips on cuts and polishes together with helpful…

Sphene Faceting Information

Suggestions for successful tips on Sphene Facet / Faceting Information. Offers information on Sphene stones and related details, tips, tricks…

Stones that Make Money

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his opinions and answers are to What stones make money?…

Supply of Gemstones and Rough

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics on Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to How does the supply of gemstones and rough actually…

Tangent Ratioing

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answer is to What is Tangent Ratioing? What is your…

The Effects of a Declining Business

Jeff R Graham, “Just Ask Jeff” talks about what is up with manufacturers’ declining business and the effects it causes like the lack of product support.…

The Gemstone Business

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what he has to say about The Gemstone Business – Some Stories and Observations..…

The Questionable Andesine Story

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to the continuing questionable Andesine…

The Tucson Gem Show

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his suggestions and ideas are in Just Ask Jeff:Tips for the Tucson Gem…

Tucson February Gem Show

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts are on various topics. See his opinion on Planning to come to the Tucson February Gem Show. How? What?…

Tucson Gem Show 2004

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what Jeff shares on the Just Ask Jeff: Tucson Gem Show 2004 article.…

Tucson Gem Show 2005

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what Jeff shares on the Just Ask Jeff: Tucson Gem Show 2005 article.…

Tucson Gem Show 2006

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what Jeff shares on the Just Ask Jeff: Tucson Gem Show 2006 article.…

Tucson Gem Show 2007

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what Jeff shares on the Just Ask Jeff: Tucson Gem Show 2007 article.…

Tucson Gem Show 2008

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what Jeff shares on the Just Ask Jeff: Tucson Gem Show 2008 article.…

Tucson Gem Show 2009

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what Jeff shares on the Just Ask Jeff: Tucson Gem Show 2009 article.…

Tucson Gem Show Dates 2006

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See his detailed information on the Tucson Gem Show Dates.

Ultra Tec Faceting Machine

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his thoughts are on Just ask Jeff: Review: Ultra Tec Faceting Machine.…

Ultra Tec Faceting Machine Factory

Ultra Tec factory is located in Santa Ana, California, It is a factory where machines for faceting is made and has been in the industry for quite some…

Umba Sapphire Parcel Colors

Get the insight of Jeff on all your concerns about Gemstones. “Are all Sapphires blue?”. Check out the Umba Sapphire Parcel Colors.

Weight Length Conversions

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to Weight and length conversions…What…

What are Sintered Laps?

Sintered laps are expensive, metal/diamond bonded gem cutting laps. Are they worth the investment? Learn about their advantages and disadvantages.…

What is a Princess Cut Diamond?

What constitutes a princess cut? Jeff Graham examines a variety of diamonds sold as examples of this design and identifies their overall characteristics.…

Working with Ceramic Lap

Just Ask Jeff: Do I need a ceramic lap and how do I get it to work?Whether you need ceramic lap or not, really depends on what type of cutting you are doing…