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zazazoom
« on: July 03, 2008 01:35:37 AM »

Nearby to where I live is a place where you can dig for star garnets for a day with a $10 permit. Not only does it just sound like fun to do, but supposedly star garnets can only be found in two places in the world - around here and a place in India. Good ones are worth quite a bit... I think I read that 1 in 100 of the garnets you find will be worth making into jewelry, but you have a 5lb limit with the permit and when you do find nice ones they are worth a few hundred dollars a carat I believe.

The thing is, once I have found some rough garnets, what do I do with them? What kind of tools would be needed to properly facet or polish them? I don't have any of those king of things, but there is a local rock store... I am curious if anyone would know how much I would have to pay to make them jewelry quality or if I would even be able to sell them rough?
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Lilly_Queen
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2008 08:31:26 AM »

Faceting them yourself is probably hard.
You could use a rock tumbler to smooth them out.

You can then set these in a ring or drill a hole in them with a diamond bit drill and string them onto jewelry.

But I would say bringing them to a local shop would be your best bet if you want them faceted.
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mrgrita
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2008 10:26:40 PM »

Stars are usually better as a cabochon.  If there is a local rock shop, surely there is a local lapidarist who would happily cut whatever you have.  Try to find someone who has worked with stars before to get the best cut.  It's really a pretty simple process of grinding with wet tools. To do it easily though, the tools are a bit pricey. I buy rough on ebay to cut, so you may be able to sell them that way, if you want to sell them after all that work!
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