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February 2014
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FACETING 101 with Arya Akhavan..
Its Tucson Time Again
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That was the subject of a video we did back in 1987.  It was shot in VHS format, and unused for years - but we dusted it off and looked at it - and found it instructive.  
The video format had gotten old, but the message hadn't - the "considerations" are pretty much the same today.  So we converted it into digital format, and made it available.
ULTRA TEC Faceting - 1987  - Marketing Video Part 1 (of 5)
ULTRA TEC Faceting - 1987 - Marketing Video Part 1 (of 5)


The Video shows 1987 hardware (the old blue color), and demonstrates the basic continuity and integrity of Ultra Tec design principles - something that remains at the heart of our ongoing engineering program.  A number of significant upgrades in Ultra Tec faceting equipment were made in the following years - but, as discussed on the video, all could be installed into existing hardware - however old it might be.  A "non-obsolescence" pledge.


One observation on the video was that many doctors facet gemstones - considering it a "therapy" from their daily stress.  And now, appearing on the scene in the last few years, a med student, doctor to-be, Arya Arkhavan, has become prominent in the faceting world, writing on related topics and turning out new designs at an impressive pace.  He also has done some videos that you may find interesting.

FACETING 101 with Arya Akhavan 
Arya's series of FACETING 101 Videos -- the first batch of which appear here -- provide a great learning experience to the new, and some not so new, faceters. We'll be releasing the full series over the coming
Faceting 101 Chapter 1   Introduction  Faceting Machine
Faceting 101 Chapter 1 Introduction Faceting Machine
Faceting 101 Chapter 2   Dops
Faceting 101 Chapter 2 Dops
Faceting 101 Chapter 3   Laps
Faceting 101 Chapter 3 Laps

TUCSON USFG Symposium... Final Schedule


Friday morning - February 7th 2014
8:00am thru 12:30pm 

Presentation at the Old Pueblo Lapidary Club in Tucson: 


Al Gilbertson, project manager of cut research for GIA, talks regarding the basic use of DiamCalc software as it relates to colored gemstones.

As most faceters cut designs either created themselves or purchased commercially, one may be wondering whether they've made a good design choice in regards to the type of rough they are working with. For years, by trial and error alone, a faceter could improve how a particular design worked out. Due to advances in technology, it is possible that by using software specifically designed to analyze how a finished gem may turn out, one could make adjustments in the design elements to enhance an appearance - or to reduce potential detrimental effects.

Having performed years of research in this area, Mr. Gilbertson will share with us the basics of using DiamCalc software and how it could enhance our work. This presentation is for those who may have an interest in pursuing the use of software to enhance their designs.

Participants do not need to own DiamCalc software. Though, it would be helpful if you are already familiar with GemCad.

This seminar is for faceters both new and experienced who have an interest in determining whether a design they are working with, whether acquired or created themselves, has merit. 
Al will begin promptly at 8:00am on Friday morning the 7th of February. He is available till roughly 10:15 where he will need to be back at his post with GIA staff in the Tucson Convention Center. Al understands this topic will create many questions. So he will bring his formal presentation to an end at about 9:30-ish and then take questions. 


10:30am - Dr. Bill Hanneman

 "The Hanneman Identification Scheme for Rough and Faceted Gemstones".

Dr Hanneman will begin at roughly 10:30, and we've allowed 1-1/2 hours. In addition to sharing his unique concepts for processing identification specifically for faceters, he will also exhibit and demonstrate techniques he developed over 40 years ago that are still valid today. Dr Hanneman's methods are well-suited for those gem cutters making buying decisions when away from their shop equipment. Faceters should look at this as an opportunity to add another valuable tool to their arsenal to assist in making good purchasing decisions.


Where: Old Pueblo Lapidary Club building

3118 North Dale Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85712 - if you are at all familiar with Tucson, the location is near the intersection of North Alvernon Way and Fort Lowell Road. 

See the location here:    



Michiko Huyh lectured at USFG Symposium in 2013


Planning a Trip to Tucson?




If you are coming to Tucson, please stop by and say hello.  We are always happy to have you visit.  Ultra Tec has a larger booth this year and we'll will be in the TGMS in the Convention Center, a show that runs from Thursday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb.16.  Now, we know, that's after some of the other shows have closed, but if you are still in town, c'mon by.  Where exactly?  


In the Arena, booth location #1918-1919.  


     TGMS-2013 Dalan Tucson 2013


We'll have equipment to show, of course, and explain.  




DAD on mast Perhaps you have questions about the V5  has quickly become our most successful machine.  Look it over (if you have a V2, you can upgrade to V5 - we can show you what that entails). 

Perhaps you have questions about installing a digital readout - a DAD - on your V2?  See it - try it.



Perhaps you are thinking about venturing into the world of Fantasy?  fantasy machineCome Try some "hands-on" - see how it works!


















luer mendoza tucson2012 �  At the Kino Gem and Mineral Show (formerly Tucson Electric Park Gem and Mineral Show), February 1st through February 16th, at the Kino Sports Complex, 2500 East Ajo Way.



�  Elaine Luer's ABOUT LAPIDARY will be set up in tent T3.


�  The V5 and the Fantasy machine will be set up for demonstration - so you can see the action and ask questions.


Show Guide Available Here...







�  At the 22nd Street Show - at the 22nd St exit of US10, Jan 30 through Feb 16 .  Sierra Gems will be set up in Booth C20  


The smiling face of Bruce White will be there to greet you.  Bruce will be happy to discuss the ULTRA TEC V5 and Fantasy machines that he will be displaying.

sierra machines



And please don't forget to drop by the two  John Dyer Gems Booths for a vast and wonderful range of ULTRA TEC-faceted creations.

John Dyer 2012

Gem and Jewelry Exchange (GJX)
Booth #s 1530 & 1531
February 4th-9th, 2014
10 AM - 6 PM daily
Riverpark Inn / Pueblo Gem Show
Court Pavilion Booth #1
Jan. 31st-Feb.12th, 2014
10 AM - 7 PM daily 

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Once again, thank you as always for your interest in ULTRA TEC and our products. We'll be in touch again soon with the next Sometimes Bulletin. 


The Ultra Tec Team


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