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Duncan Miller

The faceting articles published over the past few years in the Mineral Chatter have been compiled into a single 128 page document, available for download for those interested in saving all the articles together. To download the pdf file click here.

A 29,18 ct cuprite from Onganja, Namibia, cut by Duncan Miller and now in a private collection in Germany.

Browsing Archive: June, 2013

Hunting for Tigers in Hout Bay

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Monday, June 24, 2013, In : Lapidary 
Who would have thought there were tigers lurking in Hout Bay?

In amongst the warehouses of Mariners Wharf, surrounded by chunks of picture stone, granite, rose quartz, sodalite and ironstone, and with an all pervading smell of oily fish, you will find Robin and his tigers. This is a stone carver extraordinaire who brings an amazing sense of movement and reality to his work. His current project of life-size tigers creeping through the undergrowth is his biggest challenge to date.

I was first int...

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Fundamentals of Lapidary, Part 1, Introduction by Donald Clark

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Saturday, June 1, 2013, In : Lapidary 

From the International Gem Society Reference Library


... Lapidary is a hobby that is enjoyed by people of all ages and circumstances. Unlike most hobbies, what you produce is actually worth more than the labour you put into it. For many cutters, their hobby becomes a part time, or full time profession. 
... Gem cutting can be don...

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