Subject: Faceting Academy: Pavilion or Crown? Last seats going...


This is part 2 of two parts of the Tucson treasure hunt for 2018.

This edition has articles, announcements, and more Tucson-season bonuses that last only until the close of the Tucson show
. Check it out!

Which First: Pavilion or Crown?

A recent series of posts on this subject lead me to write a detailed blog post on the whys and wherefores - and to debunk some myths around this subject. Check out the blog post here:

I hope the post provokes some creative thinking!

There are just a few seats remaining in the May, 2018 Faceting Academy Training Event.

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

If yuou want to see what an easier way looks like, check-out a video of the hands-on, detailed instruction we provide:

Read below to get a discount on one of the remaining seats - and on some training materials and tools you will get to use at the event.

Come join us for what is shaping-up to be a very special resident training event!
Success Leaves Clues(1)

One of the things we’re known for at the Academy is studying success – in the cutting studio, on the showroom floor, and everywhere else in life.

One of our mantras is: “Success leaves clues”.

If something works once, it’ll probably work again – and for other people. This is key in our systematic approach to faceting as an art or a vocation. It’s a key reason our graduates are both efficient and successful.

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett talks about the most important investment - "Ultimately, there's one investment that supersedes all others: Invest in yourself." He says your are the one investment that “… can't be beat, can't be taxed and not even inflation can take away from you.”

My Aikido teacher and best friend for a quarter of a century said to me – as we were climbing Garfield’s Peak together: “When else will I do it – next time I’m 60?”

While everyone needs money, the most important thing ultimately becomes having a fulfilling life. About that Warren Buffett says: “… there is no better time to work on that than today … Whatever you want to learn more, start doing it today. Don't put if off to your old age."

What seems impossible is often just one stretch away from DONE.

What seems difficult is often just one lesson away from EASY.

What seems confusing is often just one thought from KNOWN.

So, as Warren Buffett says. "So go to it, invest in yourself."

The winning entry of this contest will receive an Amazon Kindle Fire 7”, AND a free one-year free pass to the Faceting Academy web site membership area.


1. Visit S&S Gems at booth A-15 of the 22nd St show. Look at rough; get a Faceting Academy flier! (There’s a limited number of fliers, so get yours ASAP.)

2. Take the flier with you during the show. Take as many cool photos as you can, including the flier in the photos.

3. Post the photos to Facebook and/or Instagram with the hashtag #FacetingAcademyTucson

Contest ends on February 11th. On February 12th , I’ll search Facebook and Instagram for the hashtag #FacetingAcademyTucson.

The photo I like best showing our flier at Tucson will win the contest. The author of the photo will get the Kindle Fire - and the one-year membership to the Academy site!

Things that aren’t difficult also aren’t worth doing.

Things that aren’t difficult don’t offer us distinction for having done them. They don’t even offer any genuine sense of achievement or self-esteem for having done them.

Things that aren’t difficult are, for lack of a better word, BORING.

In his book, "Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World", Cal Newport states the following:

“The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.”

While most of the world is becoming increasingly distracted, a select few people are capitalizing on the dramatic shift of supply and demand.

This is why economist Tyler Cowan said, “Average is over”. Today, you’re either among the select few who are creating and thriving, or you’re with the rest - distracted, overweight, and struggling.

But, what is this “deep work” thing?

“Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy.”

How can we learn to do deep work?

Immersion training in a complex subject matter, free from distractions, is one of the most reliable paths to the experience and habit of deep working.

Taking-on a practice – an activity that involves consistent and regular fully-immersed focus on a complex, systematic, and creative endeavor – is the way to preserve, cultivate, and build the modern super-power of deep working ability.

So, faceting happens to be an ideal activity for forging the ability to deep work. At the same time, faceting offers so many benefits in concentration and focus, it also provides quiet, contemplative time through which we create lasting, heirloom-quality precious art.

A short time after Academy training, most graduates’ skills of eye and hand begin to bump up against the precision tolerances of their instrumentation. And, that’s when the real development of a true precision faceter begins to take-hold...

It will seem frustrating at first, as they embrace the challenge of producing excellent work far beyond what can be done by those who cannot work deeply.

Those who are serious about faceting as an art will ultimately need to achieve and surpass this level. And, those who embrace faceting as a path of self-growth and self-awareness will certainly find themselves here.

If you are one of these, you are “our people”, and we invite you to join others of like mind, spirit, and commitment at one of our deep-training events.

While the photo contest above will have ONE winner, in the selfie treasure hunt, EVERYONE WINS. Here's how:

1. Get your Faceting Academy Flier at the S&S Gems booth (A-15) in the 22nd St show.

2. Take a selfie of you holding the flier IN the S&S Gems booth.

3. Post the selfie to Facebook and/or Instagram with the hash tag #FacetingAcademyS&Sgems

If I can find your post by searching the hash-tag, you’ll get $50 off Faceting Academy web-site membership OR $100 off your enrollment in the Faceting Academy May 2018 training event.

The FIRST person to take advantage of the live-event sign-up offer will also receive a Hanneman Ruby & Aquamarine filter set.

If you sign up for the live training above, and Ron Skog is in your flier-selfie, you get to add a pocket dichroscope to this bonus package!
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!
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All the best,
John Bailey, Faceting Academy
John Bailey, 1010 Main St, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601, United States
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