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Gemstone Discussions / Re: Monster Blue Topaz
« on: April 11, 2019, 09:27:34 AM »
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Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Cooking Matrix Opal
« on: April 10, 2019, 05:29:05 PM »

Added from the gallery by admin.

The facetors guild magazine is definitely worth the modest cost of membership - cutting designs along with other articles of interest.


General Discussion / Re: faceting
« on: March 31, 2019, 04:45:04 PM »
Andrew (Aussie Sapphire) can resurface it.

Yes - Darksides can be resurfaced if they get dinged.  Let us know if you want a quote.


« on: March 30, 2019, 07:57:51 AM »
That would be a great outcome - good for Craig who is doing a great job for fossickers and good for Tingha Sands who wont have to worry about fossickers.

Hope it works out.


Trip Talk / Re: Minerama 2019
« on: March 15, 2019, 06:43:44 PM »
Topsieve was nearby and found a similar number and none of them cutters but he was in a good spot and took quite a bit of wash to process later and said he'd post here so curious if he ended up with any luck. 

Taking wash home to process later is strictly against the rules of Minerama field trips and quite honestly is a low act.

This is the kind of thing that makes landowners think twice about opening up access to fossickers.
You claim that fossicking is a low impact activity and then think it is quite ok to take a bootload or trailerload of dirt away from the location.  Not cool.


Tell Us About Yourself / Re: Hi All
« on: March 11, 2019, 08:35:05 AM »
Persistant isn't he?

Yes - deleted a whole bunch of duplicates yesterday.

He has previously contributed to the community but this kind of posting is very spammy.


Saws and Diamond Blades / Re: Oil for a robilt saw
« on: March 08, 2019, 02:54:46 PM »
I'd say half an inch should be plenty.


Saws and Diamond Blades / Re: Oil for a robilt saw
« on: March 07, 2019, 09:48:50 AM »
You may not need a full inch at the bottom of the blade.  That may splash a bit more than is necessary.  How big is the saw?

Saws and Diamond Blades / Re: Buying a slab saw
« on: February 27, 2019, 07:48:51 AM »

Unfortunately, Lortone have stopped making their slab saws recently.
This is directly due to a conpetitor (Highland Park??) copying their design, making them in China but refusing to stock spare parts for which they send customers back to Lortone.  To rub salt into the wound, Lortone's machines are subject to Trump's new tariffs on the materials (causing a significant increase in costs) but for some strange reason, the Chinese made versions are not subject to the tariffs making it even tougher for Lortone to compete.  They have therefore decided to pull the pin on slab saws which is difficult for us as a dealer but we understand their reasoning on this.

Have not dealt with the other two companies on slab saws.


General Discussion / Re: 403 errors
« on: January 24, 2019, 08:15:42 AM »
Cant even reply to personal messages >:( >:( >:(

Is it when you are trying to quote from the message or just a plain reply?
It seems as though the errors more often occur when trying to quote or modify a message.

Please note that I am trying to work on this issue but as this is not our full-time gig and provided for free as a courtesy to the community, then it does take a bit lower priority compared to our normal day to day job of running a business and farm.

I have not forgotten about it but have not yet solved the problem.


Tumblers and Media / Re: Skin polishing Sapphires in tumbler
« on: January 21, 2019, 05:22:45 PM »
Or would just running them in the tumbler with a bit of water help polish them. ???

NO - it wont really do anything. 

We get asked about this a lot and I usually try and talk people out of it.  We can supply tumbling grade diamond in a very small bowl (preferably vibe tumbler) but it not an easy thing - we dont really recommend trying.


Tumblers and Media / Re: Skin polishing Sapphires in tumbler
« on: January 21, 2019, 05:20:06 PM »
Hi. I have a bulk amount of rough sapphires that are about 2mm-7mm in size. I am wanting to just skin polish them so when kids are fossicking for them at my gem show, they sparkle. What would be needed grit wise in a tumbler to just skin polish and not eat away too much of the stone. ???

You will need diamond grit - this is expensive and will take a long time.

Tips and Gadgets / Re: The best "bits"?
« on: January 10, 2019, 08:44:10 AM »
Harryopal had a good point about the dust if the work is not kept wet. 

I'm also awaiting to see if there will be criminal prosecutions under the WHS laws or the outcome of civil claims relating to a foreseeable danger to the worker's health, that could have been avoided using cheap wet cutting and grinding techniques.


Exactly - this is an entirely foreseeable risk.  Unbelievable that the standard operating procedure would not involve wet cutting AND appropriate PPE.


General Discussion / Re: 403 errors
« on: December 19, 2018, 09:46:17 AM »

Worked first time :o

 modifed post and got error.

That was my experience - it was modifying the post that triggered the error.  Looking into it.


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