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Lapidary Tips: DIY Inexpensive Lapidary Grinder

This blog describes how you can build an inexpensive diamond lapidary grinder that will economically handle a lot of grinding tasks that should never be done on diamond wheels. Any lapidarist quickly learns that using diamond grinding wheels is expensive … Continue reading

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Jewelry Making Tips: Polishing and Cleaning Jewelry

Have you ever noticed how your sterling silver jewelry can slowly become soiled and tarnished without you realizing it?  The tarnishing process is so slow that you sometimes forget how shiny and beautiful your jewelry was when it was newly … Continue reading

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Jewelry Making Tips: Recycle Silver Starburst Pendant

Sterling Silver prices are going through the roof.  Since January 2009, the price of silver has more than doubled from $9 to $22 per troy ounce and the upward trend continues.   Silver Price This has stimulated recovery companies and jewelry … Continue reading

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LAPIDARY TIPS: EXTENDING CABOCHON MACHINE LIFE

The Diamond Pacific Genie Gem Maker probably sets the standard for lapidary cabbing machines.  A new one will cost about $1800.  Its 6 inch diamond wheels are expensive components that wear out over time.  A complete replacement set of 6 wheels … Continue reading

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Hot Rock Hounding Spots: Needle Peak, Texas

If you are looking for one of the most remote and fascinating agate and fossil hunting areas in the US,  Needle Peak may be the place.  Almost all rock hunting is on surface terrain which has eroded and exposed rocks … Continue reading

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Jewelry Making Tips: Recycle Silver Balls For Pendant Enhancement

Sterling Silver prices are going through the roof.  Since January 2009, the price of silver has more than doubled from $9 to $22 per troy ounce and the upward trend continues. This has stimulated recovery companies and jewelry suppliers to … Continue reading

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Jewelry Making Tips: Recycle Silver Freeform Pendant Mounting

Sterling Silver prices are going through the roof.  Since January 2009, the price of silver has more than doubled from $9 to $22 per troy ounce and the upward trend continues.   This has stimulated metal recovery companies and jewelry supply companies … Continue reading

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