My name is Thurmond Moore III and I am the list operator. You may contact me directly at .
I am a member of the AFMS and SCFMS through the Lubbock Gem and Mineral Society based in
Lubbock, Texas. I am also a member of the International Gem Society and The Texas Faceters Guild.

This list was begun as a replacement for Hale Sweeny's Lapidary Digest which has ceased
distribution. The original Lapidary Digest Archives can be found at .

This Lapidary Arts and Faceters List will focus on the lapidary arts, jewelry, equipment, rockhounding,
prospecting, materials, etc. of any nature from A to Z . I am fairly new to the lapidary field
and consequently many topics covered on this list may be old hat for the experienced
lapidary. We need that experience and knowledge to learn and keep the art alive for many
more generations so if you are a seasoned lapidary please share your experience with us.

If the cutting of faceted gems is your interest, You have come to the right place.
Faceting is spoken here by over 800 persons.

Jewelry interests are also well covered in both the newsgroup: and the
Orchid mailing list.

The list will usually be sent once a Day, and only in digest form. Occasionally I will be
away for a week or more and the list will not be sent during this time.

The rules for the list are simple but firm:

1. Stay on topic. -- only lapidary related topics. I know it may be hard sometimes to
know whether your topic has strayed too far from the object of the list, but try to stay
as close to the list objectives as possible.

2. ABSOLUTELY NO FLAMES - Flaming or overly argumentative or abusive material is
inappropriate, and will not be posted or may be cause for the list owner to restrict or
drop the subscriptions of those who abuse the list.

3. Respect other list members by restricting your language and watching your manners.
There could be youngsters on the list and we must respect others' right not to hear
profanity. Likewise, we will follow common Netiquette rules.

4. The software only handles ASCII text. (at this time) DO NOT sent attachments, photos,
HTML formatted posts, or graphic files, or any material needing translating.

To change your e-mail address, follow the link below:


Once there enter your old e-mail address and click unsubscribe then submit
then enter your new e-mail address and select digest and hit the submit button.

Or you may send me a note at and include your name, and
your OLD and your NEW e-mail addresses in the body of the message, and I will change it manually.

When the server receives a message with any of several words in the body of the message,
it treats the message as a command message. For this reason, never use one of these
words: SUBSCRIBE, UNSUBSCRIBE, HELP, DIR, or GET in the subject of a message intended for
publication in the Digest. All request should be sent to the address .

Request to all other addresses will generate an error message but will be handled manually
although usually handling will be delayed.

Posting Guidelines:

When originating a new topic (or thread), please put 'NEW:' on the subject line of your
message, followed by the subject. Try to keep the subject short but relevant to the topic of the post.

If you are responding to a prior message, please put 'RE:' as the first word on the
subject line, followed by the subject, written exactly as it was in the message referred to.

Use 'BIO:' and your name if you are writing about yourself.

Use FS (for sale) or WTB (want to buy) if your post is about items for sale of items

When sending in an item for the Digest, DO NOT USE THE REPLY KEY on your mail client, but
start a new letter. To include a copy of just one original letter or a relevant part of a letter in a reply, use
cut-and-paste to do this, and make sure to address your response to: .

Only members may have messages published on the list. Messages from all others are
automatically excluded. Also, you MUST send all messages from the same address used when
you subscribed, or the message will be automatically rejected.

When a submission is send to the Digest, you automatically agree that permission is given
to allow the use of that submission outside the list for non-commercial uses. Anyone
wanting to use it for commercial purposes must get copyright release from the author.

Thus, blanket permission is given to Gem and Mineral Clubs and to Lapidary and Mineral
Federations to reprint items from the Digest and from the Archives (when they are created)
in their Newsletters, given that all authors and the Digest are cited as the source. By subscribing
to the Lapidary Arts and Faceters Digest, you agree to allow the Lapidary Arts and Faceters Digest Owner
to archive your posts permanently in our archives (when they are created) without compensation.

Although submissions will be edited for spelling and grammar, please run your submission
through a spell-checker before sending it. In editing, I will not change (intentionally) the
content of the message.

Swapping/selling/buying are encouraged, but don't send a big list. If you have a long
list, just send a message to the group that you have such a list, and they can e-mail
you for a copy.

Dealers and commercial entities are encouraged to participate--we can learn a lot from
you, and that's what this is all

Signature messages are restricted to five lines.

Newcomers to the list are requested to send in a short BIO-- tell us who you are, what
your Lapidary interests are, how long you've been doing lapidary, what kind of equipment
you have, and so on. Use the word 'BIO:', followed by your name, on the subject line.

If you have any suggestions for improving the list, please send them to me at

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