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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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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…

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.…

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…

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 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 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 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.…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.…

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…

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…

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?…

“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?…

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.…

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?…

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

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…

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?.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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?…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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.…

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?…

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?

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?…

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…

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…

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?…

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.…

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…

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?

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.

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?.

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?

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…

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?

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…

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…

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?…

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.

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?

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…

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.

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.…

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…

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?…

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…

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?…

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…

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?…

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.…

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…

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..…

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…