This page has some Gem Cutting Resources for reference. The United States is rich in rough gemstones -- diamonds, sapphires, sunstone, tourmaline, amethyst, peridot, quartz, agate, flint, fossils, and more.
Below are a links to some gem cutting resources -- collecting sites recommended to me and other resources for gem cutting, rocks, minerals, and jewelry making.
American Diamond Works
Mickey Brookshire and his brother Jerry are highly-skilled diamond cutters
Blue Jewel Mine
Sapphires & Garnets
fee dig on the El Dorado Bar of the Missouri River, near Helena, Montana
Crater of Diamonds State Park
Diamonds, amethyst, banded agate, jasper, peridot, garnet, quartz
White, brown and yellow diamonds are found here in Murfreesboro, Arkansas.
Fire Mountain Gems
Jewelry making supplies
jewelry making supplies, 800-355-2137
Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine
Sapphire & Heat Treating
P.O. Box 148, 201 W. Broadway, Philipsburg, Montana 59858
(406) 859-GEMS (4367), (866) 459-GEMS (4367)
Gems cutting tools & equipment lapidary equipment, jewelers tools, gem supplies for faceting, cabochons, carving, silversmithing and goldsmithing, jewelry making, rock collecting, mineral collecting, lapidary, tumblers, books, gem rough,
Himalaya Tourmaline Mine
Tourmaline, quartz, spessertine garnet, and others.
Owned by the same company as the Spectrum Sunstone Mine, the Himalaya Tourmaline Mine is a fee dig site in Santa Ysabel, California,.
Facetron - Faceting Machine
Anaheim, California, (714) 774-9104
Map of Fee to Dig mining sites
Fee mining sites are places where you can pay a fee to dig, pan, or search for rocks, minerals or gemstones and keep whatever you find. There are many places in the United States where you can pan for gold, wash gravel for gemstones, or split rocks to find fossils and have a reasonable chance of being very successful.
Spectrum Sunstone Mine
Sunstones fee dig outside of Lakeview, OR. Camping onsite, cabins , teepees, primitive conditions, bring your own water and food, Amenities available 30 miles away in Plush, Oregon.
Jewelry mountings budget quality jewelry parts, Easy Mount, pre-notched settings, Easy Mount settings, gems, chains, and tools,
United States Faceters Guild (USFG)
Faceting Resources (1) promote the art, skill, and teaching of faceting; (2) expand the knowledge of natural and laboratory-made crystals; (3) develop and promote uniform rules for faceting competitions within the US and among other countries; (4) sponsor or assist in managing competitions; and (5) serve as a national repository and clearing house for faceting designs, published materials, and general information for faceters everywhere.
USFG Faceters List - Yahoo Groups
This is a restricted group, membership requires approval, all members can post messages.
William Holland School
Lapidary & Jewelry Making Classes
non-profit organization devoted to providing quality Lapidary, Earth Science, and Jewelry Making classes, located in Young Harris Georgia