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Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey
By Ted Grussing, Sedona, Arizona
Ted Grussing is a Photographer, Soaring Pilot, Attorney, Custom Jewelry Designer and Caregiver.
Monday, February 25, 2013

It is time

 By Ted Grussing

... to renew some of my passions that have been a wee bit dormant lately. Over the weekend I shot a few stones that I faceted back in the 80's and 90's including this laser ruby. My good friend and business partner Ross Bean used to bring me chipped ruby laser rods which I would facet. Because the laser rods were so pure they cut very unique and beautiful gem stones. This gemstone is one I have more time in than any other stone I have ever cut. It weighs in close to two hundred carats and the table is 20mm in diameter. Perfection was the goal in this stone and the table and all other facets are optically flat under 10x magnification and the facet junctions accurate within .001mm. I enjoy faceting in that you get results like this, but it is a wee bit tedious and highly structured compared to the freedom of doing cabochons and carving. Anyhow, we'll see whether I pick it up again ... suspect I'll do a stone or two a month going forward ... at least for a while :+) For those who have an interest, a carat is a unit of weight; five carats equal one gram. Karat as applied to metal is a measure of purity with 24K being pure, 18K being 75% pure and so on.

It was a great weekend for us and I hope for you too. Visits with friends, enjoying the beauty of the days and a little day dreaming too. Once again I find that Monday is well underway; Bing Crosby is telling me that it is cold outside ... and it is. Some rest and then the day resumes with espresso mainlined. Enjoy the day and share the beauty you find in it.



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