Resources for the Professional Lapidary


Articles about the business-side of lapidary arts as well as jewelry making and/or selling.

An Interview with “Diamond Wizard” Maarten de Witte: Part 4

An Interview with “Diamond Wizard” Maarten de Witte: Part 4

The American Rose Brilliant Cut© is an innovative design by diamond cutter Maarten de Witte. Learn how he created it...
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An Interview with “Diamond Wizard” Maarten de Witte: Part 2

An Interview with “Diamond Wizard” Maarten de Witte: Part 2

“Diamond Wizard” Maarten de Witte faced many obstacles getting into the diamond trade. In this interview, he explains how he...
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An Interview with “Diamond Wizard” Maarten de Witte: Part 1

An Interview with “Diamond Wizard” Maarten de Witte: Part 1

Maarten de Witte is one of the world’s premiere diamond experts. In this interview, he discusses how he got into...
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An Interview with Jade Expert Jeff Mason of Mason-Kay

An Interview with Jade Expert Jeff Mason of Mason-Kay

Jade expert Jeff Mason of Mason-Kay discusses the US and Chinese jade markets and what to look for in fine...
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Gemstone and Jewelry Marketing: The Duh Factor

Gemstone and Jewelry Marketing: The Duh Factor

What can you learn about gem and jewelry marketing from other businesses? Tracking your inventory and requests for what you...
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Gemstones That Make Money

Gemstones That Make Money

What kinds of gems can novice faceters cut to make a profit? Learn which gemstones make money reliably and which...
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Selling Gems to Jewelers: Basic Rules

Selling Gems to Jewelers: Basic Rules

Are you ready to sell your cut gemstones to local jewelers? Here are some basic rules for selling gems that...
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Writing Effective Advertising for Gems and Jewelry

Writing Effective Advertising for Gems and Jewelry

If you’re in the gem and jewelry business, you’ll need to write effective advertising. These techniques will help you succeed....
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Marketing and Selling Rare Gemstones

Marketing and Selling Rare Gemstones

You need a good strategy for marketing and selling rare gemstones, in order to succeed in this niche market. Learn...
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What Faceted Stone Sizes Will Sell Best?

What Faceted Stone Sizes Will Sell Best?

How can a custom gem faceter compete with commercial cutting houses? Learn how cut stone sizes, gem quality, and expert...
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Starting a Jewelry Business? Some Questions to Consider

Starting a Jewelry Business? Some Questions to Consider

Starting a jewelry business takes a lot of planning. Answer these questions about your inventory and services now and save...
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Advice for New Gem Cutters

Advice for New Gem Cutters

How can new gem cutters succeed in the gemstone business? Learn how rough buying and custom cutting can give you...
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Tips for Mailing Gems Safely

Tips for Mailing Gems Safely

Whatever your reasons for mailing gems, follow this advice from competition faceters. These tips will help protect your gemstones from...
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The Gemstone Business: Stories and Observations

The Gemstone Business: Stories and Observations

There are no shortcuts in the gemstone business. Learn why newcomers need to identify clear goals before investing in gems...
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Buying Gem Parcels and Quality Rough

Buying Gem Parcels and Quality Rough

To make money, novice faceters have to buy gem parcels as well as hand-picked quality rough. Learn how a combination...
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Selling Stones to Jewelers

Selling Stones to Jewelers

Novice faceters may worry if they’re selling stones to jewelers too cheaply. Learn the best way to approach pricing and...
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Faceting a Gemstone Pendulum to Feature Inclusions

Faceting a Gemstone Pendulum to Feature Inclusions

Showcase the amazing inclusions in minerals like rutilated quartz in a gemstone pendulum design. Learn how to facet these gems...
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A Tribute to Bench Jewelers

A Tribute to Bench Jewelers

Bench jewelers work very hard with little or no acknowledgement, creating and repairing treasured possessions. These stories pay tribute to...
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Basic Business Rules: Buying Rough

Basic Business Rules: Buying Rough

Buying rough is the foundation of the gem cutting business. Learn the basic rules novice faceters need to know in...
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Some Pointers on Selling Gemstones

Some Pointers on Selling Gemstones

What does it take to succeed at cutting and selling gemstones? Jeff Graham offers newcomers some advice on treating faceting...
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Can You Make Money Cutting Synthetic Gemstones?

Can You Make Money Cutting Synthetic Gemstones?

Selling lab-created cut gems can be quite difficult. Learn what makes this market hard to crack and the best ways...
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Basic Rules for the Gem Cutting Business

Basic Rules for the Gem Cutting Business

What do you need to know about starting a gem cutting business? These basic rules cover topics from buying and...
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Gem Pricing Advice for Faceters

Gem Pricing Advice for Faceters

Gem pricing isn't easy, and guidelines aren't always fixed. Learn what factors gem cutters should consider to determine a fair...
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An Interview with Sapphire Expert Jeffery Bergman

An Interview with Sapphire Expert Jeffery Bergman

In a recent interview, Jeffery Bergman talks about his decades-long career as a sapphire expert and connoisseur and offers his...
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An Interview with Pearl Expert Jim Grahl

An Interview with Pearl Expert Jim Grahl

Curious about natural pearls? Hear what pearl expert Jim Grahl has to say about natural pearls and pearl jewelry design,...
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An Interview with Ruby Expert Richard Hughes

An Interview with Ruby Expert Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes has been a leading ruby expert for decades. Learn how he got started and his tips for newcomers...
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An Interview with Opal Expert Joel Ragan

An Interview with Opal Expert Joel Ragan

Opal expert Joel Ragan has worked with these gems for 45 years. Learn how he got started and his top...
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How to Estimate Rough Gemstone Value

How to Estimate Rough Gemstone Value

Can you tell if gem rough is too expensive? Learn how to estimate rough gemstone value by considering your gem...
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Can You Make a Living Cutting Gems?

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...
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Precision Faceting a Story Gemstone: Custom Faceting Advice

Precision Faceting a Story Gemstone: Custom Faceting Advice

Your prized gemstones deserve custom faceting. Learn the benefits of working with precision faceters and tips for starting your own...
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Precision Faceting A Story Gemstone: The Faceting Process

Precision Faceting A Story Gemstone: The Faceting Process

The faceting process turns rough stones into finished gems. Learn the steps custom faceters take to create unique gemstones that...
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Precision Faceting A Story Gemstone: Faceting Equipment

Precision Faceting A Story Gemstone: Faceting Equipment

Today's custom gem cutters use faceting equipment for precision work and design inspiration. Take a look at the toolkit of...
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Precision Faceting A Story Gemstone: Gem Design

Precision Faceting A Story Gemstone: Gem Design

In the gem design stage of jewelry making, faceters evaluate a stone's qualities. Learn how to choose a cut for...
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Precision Faceting A Story Gemstone: Choosing Rough

Precision Faceting A Story Gemstone: Choosing Rough

A precision faceter can turn a rough stone into a story gemstone as unique as each client. Choosing the right...
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Master Faceter

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what a "master faceter"...
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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...
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Figuring Rough Cost

Figuring Rough Cost

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics on Just Ask Jeff. Figuring rough cost on Just...
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Perspective on the Gem Rough Market

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on the gem rough market. Read more on some very important perspective to be...
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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...
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Cut Stones Cost

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See his answers to Why is some...
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Carats vs. Grams

Just Ask Jeff: Carats vs. Grams? Which is best? Most people can count and are not going to pay more...
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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...
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Making Money Faceting

The first thing you need to know is that making money faceting is not a very hard thing to do....
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Customer Multiple Orders and Returns

Customer Multiple Orders and Returns

Just Ask Jeff shares his frustrations on customer multiple orders and returns which is a common customer problems among rough...
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Dishonest People and Hidden Agendas

Dishonest People and Hidden Agendas

Jeff R. Graham shares his two cents on Dishonest People and hidden agendas" of some people that he had to...
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The Hassles of Customer Picture Requests

Jeff R Graham shares his thoughts and insights on the hassles of customer picture requests and why most dealers do...
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Finding Honest Experts

Finding Honest Experts

Jeff R. Graham covers the gemstone industry and says do not believe everything you hear. Just Ask Jeff shares his...
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Buying Gemstones from Shopping Networks

Buying Gemstones from Shopping Networks

"Just Ask Jeff" gives his opinions and comments and detailed explanation on Buying Gemstones from shopping networks. Read on for...
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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...
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A View From Africa

In South Africa, illegal mining is being put to an end with the compromise between government and big businesses.
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Finding a job in the gem or jewelry business

This is a quick story about finding employment (a job) in the gem or jewelry industry. It explains why starting...
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The History of Lapidary

The History of Lapidary

A full and complete history of the lapidary arts, from 70,000 BC to present day. The origins of faceting, bruting,...
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BOOK REVIEW, Gem Dealers Secrets

A book review on "Gem Dealers Secrets". It is always a treat to find a book that lives up to...
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