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July 2014

In this issue...
FACETING CLUB - Sun City, Florida
LARGE STONES - Robert Schock
Franklin Faceters Frolic (FFF7)
FACETING 1 Training Course
The Gemology Project - Faceting Designs
Jay Conner
Social Networking



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In Florida, the SUN CITY LAPIDARY CLUB provides classes in Faceting - as part of their general lapidary program.  The faceters shown in the photo are, standing left to right: Ted Boydston the group teacher, Loren Hofer, Aleksandra Zurko (Club President).  Sitting left to right: Judy Schmedlen, Kathy Gonella, Cecilia McBride.


The ongoing program has been very successful in terms of providing the knowledge and skills needed for top level faceting.  The output of the class ties in with the efforts of related classes in jewelry fashioning - and the smiles testify to the students' "job satisfaction".







In the previous SomeTimes, we talked about the faceting of very large stones.  In response to that item, we received an email from Robert Schock, an accomplished jewelry designer - and Ultra Tec faceter - in nearby Dana Point, California.   


Robert exhibits each year at the Festival of Lights in Laguna Beach, California, showing his exclusive designs.  You might like to check out his website,, where he shows a selection of his beautiful work.  


Most jewelry artists do not cut their own stones, but Robert does - integrating the stone's design into the overall design concept - to very good effect.  Needless to say, we encourage that approach of integrated design, with either the jewelry designer cutting the stone or working closely with a faceter to carry out the concept.




Robert sent us pictures of an amethyst that he cut - it started with rough at 455 ct and finished at 186 ct (1 "!)






REMINDER: Franklin Faceters Frolic (FFF7)








NEWS: Tom Maxwell, director of this year's Franklin Faceters Frolic has announced that this year's "Frolic" will be in association with the United States Faceters Guild and will run for 3 days this year, from July 24th to 26th in Franklin, NC.  



There is a full program of interesting instructive lectures-- for more details click here








Lisa New Lisa Elser has secured permission to show FOLLOW THE ZEBRA at this year's USFG-Franklin Faceters Frolic - FFF7. 


Lisa will introduce the film Friday evening July 25 at 5:00.  The movie runs about one hour and it will be followed by a short Q&A afterwards  



Filmmaker Philippe Brunot leads us to the heart of Tanzania to unveil the secluded profession of the gem miner. By following of a clan of intrepid explorers, led by renowned gemologist Vincent Pardieu, Philippe Brunot succeeds in traveling to remote mining camps to reveal their precious depths. This film documents the tremendous will of miners who risk their lives uncovering rare gems several hundred meters underground.


A Trailer for the movie can be seen here


Lisa, incidentally, will be a vendor at the Frolic, offering top quality GEM ROUGH.




Kate Pleatman of Cincinnati, Ohio


Enthusiastic and devoted to gem cutting - and her Ultra Tec equipment - describes KATE PLEATMAN - near Cincinnati, Ohio.  


Kate is a member of the U.S. Faceters Guild where she has accomplished a Pre-Master's rating.  She has been cutting gems since 2006, having enjoyed five years in training on Ultra Tec faceting machines with Grand Master Don Dunne.  Kate has also studied with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), becoming a Graduate Gemologist.  


Kate brings scientific knowledge and hands-on experience to her faceting expertise.  She operates Facets & Frosting - not a physical store location, but rather a private cutting facility and full gem lab that serves clientele from all over the United States.  Currently, Kate explains, her only assistant in the gem lab is a temperamental alpha-cat named Sushi, but she has plans to grow.



Kate's website is


Ed Bancroft of Lima, Peru


New Ultra Tec Rep ED BANCROFT and his wife LIBI have taken up residence in Callao, near Lima, Peru.    If the name ED BANCROFT sounds familiar, it's because you have probably read about him before - the Bancrofts, his father Peter and Ed, have been prominent in the world of gems for many years.  Their activities concentrated in the Southern California gem mining areas, but they also encompassed the entire World (and Peter Bancroft's book, Gem and Crystal Treasures, has become a rare and valuable collectable).  


He says he loves his Ultra Tec faceting equipment - and looks forward to "spreading the word" in Peru. Ed has been an Ultra Tec faceter for over 30 years.  


The Bancrofts had had a long association with the Geology Department of the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB), where Ed donated the Bancroft Mineral Collection. 


Here's a link to The Bancroft Mineral Collection website    



FACETING 1 Training Course 
Tom Mitchell is an Ultra Tec Rep. in Florida.  He teaches faceting to beginners, and wished he had a textbook for it  -- and wrote his own!  Tom will be using his new  book as a training text for his students, both at his local club 
Mitchell on this ULTRA TEC
in The Villages and for the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies and
 for William Holland School of Lapidary Arts.








Tom's book is available at  as a PDF download for $35.00 or as a spiral bound copy for $45.00 plus shipping.  


You can also download a short Example here!





The Gemology Project - Faceting Designs




A Representative design - The Bug Barion Oval by Marco Voltolini
The Accompanying Online Design

You need to checkout this website!  It is a wonderful resource for you:  


Produced in conjunction with There is a wealth of designs available online from leading cutters, including many of those you have seen in the Sometimes Newsletter over the years ...


Jay Conner




Jay Conner, an Ultra Tec amateur faceter from the Sacramento area sent along some photos of his recent excellent work.  Jay says "...I sure enjoy my V2, although I wish it were a few decades younger."  He has been working on his old V2 - cutting many designs of Arya Akhavan.   
Check out Jay's Facebook page - the several in-process views on are interesting.  The photo shows a 20 ct. CZ, "400 Blows" design.


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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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