Subject: Faceting Academy: New Videos & Fall Event

(videos are here)

We're grateful to Steve Ulatowski for being in the house and contributing so richly to the rough evaluation portion of the May, 2018 Faceting Academy training event.

Steve allowed us to train with broader selection, larger quantities, and higher qualities of faceting rough material than in the past. He also gave one of the best talks and Q&A sessions I've seen in faceting.

One of the greatest things about having Steve in the room was the ability to ask questions over every imaginable kind of rough, evaluation, and trade issue - and during the course of two full days. Making a personal connection and learning directly from someone at this level in the trade was an unparalleled opportunity.

Though, there's nothing like being in the room, if you couldn't be in the room, we got videos of selected portions of Steve's talks covering these major topics:

2018 State of the Global Gem Rough Market
  • Tanzania
  • Kenya
  • Ethiopia
  • Mozambique
  • Afghanistan
  • Namibia
  • Congo
  • Nigeria
  • Madagascar
  • Brazil
  • USA (including what Steve calls “the best American gemstone you can buy for cutting”)

Strategic Investing in Gem Rough (and a sourcing tip)
  • Another Source of Rough
  • Benitoite
  • Tanzanite
  • Tourmaline
  • Emotional Mistakes People Make
  • About Buying Parcels

Evaluation & Selection of Gem Rough (incl. tools)
  • What tools and methods should you use?
  • What should your field kit include?
  • Steve’s #1 test for identification in the field.
  • One thing NEVER to do when buying rough!
  • Maximizing return from rough
  • Strategic management of inclusions

Synthetics, Scams, & Stories of Getting Burned
  • Constant New Scams
  • Synthetics in Parcels
  • How They Camouflage Synthetics
  • Spotting Some Tricks
  • Remarks on Andesine
  • Unstable Treatments
Emeralds & Oiling

And, for Faceting Academy Site Members, special videos:

Specific Evaluation Tips for Specific Materials
  • Quartzes
  • Garnets
  • Tourmaline
  • Steve’s faceting secret for keeping Tourmaline from breaking!!
  • Sapphire & Ruby
  • Tanzanite
  • Spinel

Red-Flags to Spotting Shady Dealers

To get a taste of the kind of experience and resources you will get when you train at the Faceting Academy 

During the next Academy event, in August, Steve will be coming back again. He'll be in the room helping us with rough evaluation and trade awareness - and will also be doing a one-day private hotel show here in Klamath Falls.

For details - and to make a personal appointment for the private show,
contact New Era Gems directly.

The August, 2018 Faceting Academy Training Event is ON.

“The School of Hard Knocks is the longest and most expensive way to learn anything.” - Rodney Rich, high-performance coach.

If you are serious about launching your faceting, or taking it to new levels, take advantage of the early registration discount. EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT ENDS JULY 4TH.

The Facetron factory has been a bit overwhelmed with some overseas commitments. Their lead time, usually 2-6 weeks, is presently expanded to four months, minimum. 

If you have plans to acquire a Facetron machine "later this year", get your order in NOW to get in line!
As always, I hope you enjoy Faceting Academy News - and that you get from it information useful beyond mere faceting technical data.

If there's something you want me to write about - or a question you want me to answer - just reply to any newsletter with your query and I'll answer - maybe in an article or even a video.

I hope you're all having a great 2018. I'm excited about meeting some of you in person this year!
That's the Faceting Academy News this time.
All the best,
John Bailey, Faceting Academy
John Bailey, 1010 Main St, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601, United States
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