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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: November, 2017

“Tripping” in Namibia

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Friday, November 24, 2017,

The word “tripping” can have two meanings:  a tour or journey, or an unintentional slip, blunder or happening.  On this occasion both senses of the word applied. Malcolm and his friends covered a lot of ground and saw a wide variety of things when in Namibia, but not without incident.

To start off with, by the time Australian Graham landed in Cape Town, he had lost his passport, which necessitated a return to Johannesburg and the Australian Consulate for a new one. He then flew from JHB...

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Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Friday, November 24, 2017, In : Faceting 


“Eye of the Storm” a faceting design created by Robert W. Strickland on 12th September 2017, in honour of those who suffered loss in the Caribbean hurricanes of 2017.

This design was first published in the United States Faceters’ Guild newsletter of September 2017.

When photographed directly into the centre of the culet, all the crown facets go dark, and the only light is in the “eye”, but viewed from other angles, the stone ...

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