Resources for the Professional Lapidary
Articles about the business-side of lapidary arts as well as jewelry making and/or selling.
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?
We explore how to make money purchasing and cutting valuable rough gemstones and we propose simple formulas that help you make smart buys.
Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on the gem rough market. Read more on some very important perspective to be aware of on the gem industry.
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 work?
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?
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?
Just Ask Jeff shares his frustrations on customer multiple orders and returns which is a common customer problems among rough dealers.
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 money.
This is a quick story about finding employment (a job) in the gem or jewelry industry. It explains why starting a store is likely not your best bet!
Starting a jewelry business takes a lot of planning. Answer these questions about your inventory and services now and save yourself time and money later.
"Just ask Jeff" takes on the Basic Rules of Business and developing good relationships with anyone involved when getting in the business
This covers some of the basics of the industry and developing good relationships. Read on about the basic business rules of buying rough.
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..
Jeff R Graham shares his thoughts and insights on the hassles of customer picture requests and why most dealers do not bother to send them.
Jeff R Graham share his thoughts on Just Ask Jeff. Read on to know how to be successful in the gemstone business by buying quality rough.
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.
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.
Whatever your reasons for mailing gems, follow this advice from competition faceters. These tips will help protect your gemstones from damage in transit.
In South Africa, illegal mining is being put to an end with the compromise between government and big businesses.
A book review on "Gem Dealers Secrets". It is always a treat to find a book that lives up to expectations and is entertaining to read. This is such a book.
Gem pricing isn't easy, and guidelines aren't always fixed. Learn what factors gem cutters should consider to determine a fair price for their work.
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?
Jeff R Graham calculates maximum amount of stone a person can cut . See what his answer is to How many stones can a person cut? How many to make a living?
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.
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?
Jeff R Graham share what his opinions and thoughts are on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See the basic rules for selling in this article.
Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics. Know more about cutting and selling stones in Just Ask Jeff: How do I price my stones?
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.
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?
How can a custom gem faceter compete with commercial cutting houses? Learn how cut stone sizes, gem quality, and expert cutting can make a difference.
Jeff R. Graham shares his two cents on Dishonest People and hidden agendas" of some people that he had to have dealings with in the industry.
"Just Ask Jeff" gives his opinions and comments and detailed explanation on Buying Gemstones from shopping networks. Read on for more!
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
Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See his tips and ideas on You will sell only what you cut. Some pointers.
Selling lab-created cut gems can be quite difficult. Learn what makes this market hard to crack and the best ways to make money cutting synthetic gemstones.
Follow these simple formulas for effective advertising. Engage your customers and translate the features of your gems and jewelry into appealing benefits.
What can you learn about gem and jewelry marketing from other businesses? Tracking your inventory and requests for what you don't stock is a start.
A full and complete history of the lapidary arts, from 70,000 BC to present day. The origins of faceting, bruting, and carving.
A precision faceter can turn a rough stone into a story gemstone as unique as each client. Choosing the right rough is the first step in the design process.
In the gem design stage of jewelry making, faceters evaluate a stone's qualities. Learn how to choose a cut for a gemstone as unique as your personal story.
Today's custom gem cutters use faceting equipment for precision work and design inspiration. Take a look at the toolkit of the new lapidary renaissance.
The faceting process turns rough stones into finished gems. Learn the steps custom faceters take to create unique gemstones that tell a client's story.
Your prized gemstones deserve custom faceting. Learn the benefits of working with precision faceters and tips for starting your own jewelry project.
Showcase the amazing inclusions in minerals like rutilated quartz in a gemstone pendulum design. Learn how to facet these gems into stunning jewelry pieces.