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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 USFG, 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. Hale has taken down his site but given me permission to replicate the original Lapidary Digest site. It can be found at and will remain there as an archived site. It is a valuable resource for all interested in lapidary skills.

This Lapidary Arts and Faceting List will focus on the lapidary arts, faceting, 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 you have not yet cut a stone and need instruction you can get answers here.

If the cutting of faceted gems is your interest, You have come to the right place. Faceting is spoken here by over 1100 persons. Jewelry interests are also well covered in both the newsgroup: and the Orchid mailing list.

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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. You are greatly encouraged to use my FREE Lapidary classified pages at:

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

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Let's all have fun!!!


Thurmond Moore III
Spur, TX
revised 02/04/2005