Learn about the tools and equipment involved in lapidary arts.

Choosing a Faceting Machine

As you look at the enclosed chart and read about these various machines it's going to seem easy to classify them all as excellent, good or just simply poor.

Choosing a Faceting Machine by Sumner

In many ways buying a faceting machine is like buying a car. You probably would like the fanciest car on the road but would settle for a second hand.

Faceting Machines - Comparison Chart

A comparison chart of faceting machines. Compares the usability and quality of service for specific facet machines. Distinguish which one is best.

Faceting Machine Survey

Recently, a survey was taken to see what kind of Facet Machines are being used by members of the Faceter's Digest . 246 people had responded to the survey.

How to Make a Digital Readout for Your Faceting Machine

A Digital Panel Meter (DPM) can measure angles to 0.01 degree if a precision instrument potentiometer is used and a stable reference voltage is used.

Retrofitting The Lee Faceter for a Digital Readout

Retrofitting The Lee Faceter for a Digital Readout. This is the second in a series of articles on how to convert your faceting machine to a digital readout.

A virtual tour of the Ultra Tec Faceting machine factory in Santa Ana California?

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 time.

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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 customer.

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 may need.

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 buying.

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 Machine.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

Product Review, Ultra Tec Faceting Machine

Ultra Tec Faceting Machine Review . The Ultra Tec has been referred to as the BMW of faceting machines. We had 1 tested by 3 people who own other brands.

Living With Your Faceting Machine

One serious pitfall for the novice is the quality of advice they get in choosing what faceting machine to buy. Here are a few tips in choosing the right one

Lap Testing

An overview on lap testing and the results of test. In an attempt to improve faceting, various laps and polishing combinations were performed and tested.

Polishing Laps and Techniques

Polishing Laps and Techniques. Covers helpful information, tips, suggestions for polishing. A guide on techniques that will be useful for polishing laps.

Retrofitting The Graves Faceter for a Digital Readout

Retrofitting The Graves Faceter for a Digital Readout. Being a more "finished" unit, there is less flexibility for field modification. More information here

Retrofitting The MDR Faceter for a Digital Readout

This will be a challenge because the MDR machine uses adjustable needle bearings on the trunnion assembly.Retrofitting The MDR Faceter for a Digital Readout

The History of the Beale/Woolley Depth of Cut Indicator

The History of the Beale/Woolley Depth of Cut Indicator.It was after Marcus and his wife Marie opened up a retirement business, the Amherst County Rock Shop

Bob Lynn - CAM/CAD with Solidscape

Solidscapes pretty much do anything, and at a detail level and precision that is just not possible using the old traditional wax carving methods.

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

Gem Cutting Abrasives
Gem Cutting Abrasives In Grit, Mesh, and Microns

Using the right gem cutting abrasives is critical for gem cutters. Our grit, mesh, and micron conversion chart will help you choose the correct material.

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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.

Just Ask Jeff: What is my opinion on laps? What do I use?

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?

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?

What Is A Dichroscope And How Is It Used?

The dichroscope is used to distinguish the colors of pleochroic gems. Learn how this tool can help you identify gems and choose the best faceting designs.

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 dops?

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 R. Graham.

Worth of Sintered Laps

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to What are sintered laps and are they worth the money?.

Common Causes for Contaminated Laps

Just Ask Jeff: Contaminated Laps? Bort Charging Laps? Jeff R. Graham shares some details and helpful information on contaminated laps or bort changing laps.

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

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Should I Use Oxide Polish Or Diamond For Polishing Gems?

What's the best abrasive for polishing natural gems? An oxide polish is usually the best option. Learn the different uses of oxide and diamond polishes.

Product Review, Sony Cyber-shot

A Product Review on Sony Cyber-shot. Overall, it is an excellent camera and I was surprised by the low cost.The image quality is excellent at any resolution

Product Review, GemPro 50, Digital Scale

The least expensive digital scale for gem use is now the GemPro 50. It sells for around $150, which is quite a bit less than anything else on the market.

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 started?

Product Review: Hyper Edge Gem Faceting Laps

Mark Oros reviews his favorite lap - the Hyper-Edge gem faceting lap. This is a proprietary composite lap that will save you time and money.