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Resources for the Professional Lapidary

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

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.…

Tips for Mailing Gems Safely

Back in 2000, The US Faceters Guild sent the following note to its members regarding mailing gems for competition. Since this information may also…

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?…

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?…

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.…

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…

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.

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?…

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.…

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?…

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?…

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?…

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.

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..…

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…

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…

A View From Africa

In South Africa, illegal mining is being put to an end with the compromise between government and big businesses.

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, and carving.

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 expectations and is entertaining to read. This is such a…