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« on: August 24, 2010 02:21:25 PM »

Im not sure if this is the right forum....but here goes Smiley  We spent a long weekend with some friends in the mountains of NC several weeks ago and the wife gave me an amethyst stone she found mining.  Unfortunately (not sounding ungrateful...I love it!!!), she gave it to me on Sunday morning before we left and I didnt have the time to seek out a gem cutter.  Does anyone have any clue on where I should I start to find someone that can help me.  I dont want to leave it or mail it to just anyone.  Can it be just polished?  Its a good size piece in its raw state.  I just have no idea where to begin looking.  I live in Middle TN and have no luck even finding a gem and mineral show coming locally.  If anyone could help, I sure would appreciate it!!  Thanks!!
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2010 02:59:58 PM »

not all stones can be cut. you'll really want to have it looked at by someone who can tell you whether the stone is high enough quality to even be cut first. Smiley if it's high quality, you probably could get it facetted. if it's got some internal cracks or inclusions, you might be able to get it cut into a cabochon. if it's got a lot of cracks, you might not be able to get it cut at all.

most of those pay-to-dig mines will offer stone cutting services, either on site or through the mail. do a google search for those types of places (i'm having trouble remembering any off the top of my head) and call 'em up to ask if you can mail them your stone Smiley warning: expect to pay a very pretty penny for it, expect to wait a long time for it, and expect the stone you get back to look nothing like the one you sent and be very much smaller than you thought, especially if you're having it facetted.

sometimes, if you're lucky, you'll have a local rock hound club or lapidary club that you can contact whose members might be able to do it for you. their members are usually older and genuinely just love rocks, so they're not usually likely to rip you off.

you could also try contacting various rock shops (there's one in washington called jerry's rock and gem that i can vouch for personally) and see if they're able to cut rocks themselves or can send rocks to a reputable cutter.

hope this helps!

« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2010 07:25:41 AM »

Thanks Metal!  At least that gives me more info than I had Smiley  I looked at a website for a local rock hound group and found one. But the website hadnt been updated since either 2007 or 2008, so I thought maybe they disbanded or something and there was no email addresses for contacts on the page anyway.  I may just hold on to it in the natural state it is in for a while.  Maybe something will pop up.  Thanks again for the info!
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2010 10:17:21 PM »

no problem! Smiley you can also always tumble it yourself if you just want it shiny Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2010 02:00:00 PM »

I don't know if you are anywhere near Knoxville, but there is a gem and mineral show there in October.


You might could find someone who could tell you the stone's value or there may be someone there who could wire wrap it for you.
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