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Precious Metal Clay
All About Precious Metal Clay, including resources, history, how-to's, tools needed, etc.  A great resource!


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Geyser Gem & Jewelry - A fine jeweler and artisan shop offering old world craftsmanship, custom designs, full service repair, in a relaxed & casual atmosphere where customer service is key.  Located at 59 East Main Street, Victor, NY 14564. 

Owner Kim Morris is a self-taught jewelry designer but started out in music and theater, preforming locally and internationally in Ireland and Sweden. Her husband, Dennis, is the stores on-site goldsmith providing everything from basic jewelry and watch repair to intricate carved designs using lost wax casting.   Their combined knowledge is evident as they easily rattle off the meaning of whatever stone or piece of jewelry you are attracted to. Top that off with cases full of finished jewelry in gold and sterling, lovely bead designs, loose gemstones and beads, custom cabochons, estate jewelry, and assorted vintage and antigue glassware and gifts, and you have a whole list of reasons to make a trip to the Geyser.  Kim & Dennis, welcome you to stop in and visit. They will sit down with you and help you design that one of a kind piece of jewelry that you will treasure for ever.

Alicia Fink - Precious Metal Clay.  Alicia was the guest speaker at our April 2013 meeting. 

Elizabeth R. Agte...handcrafted jewelry, Rochester, NY
Dazzling earrings, romantic necklaces, opulent bracelets. Discover the meticulously handcrafted art jewelry of Elizabeth R. Agte. Adorn yourself with the warmth of patinated sterling silver, gold, copper, brass and Precious Metal Clay, accented with a vibrant assortment of handcut gemstones that are flawlessly bezel set. Each piece of jewelry is individually designed, fabricated, soldered, polished, signed and lovingly packaged by the artist.  This is another website created by a former member of the Lapidary Society.  Elizabeth is willing to teach how to create these beautiful handmade creations.

Studio34 Jewelry Arts Learning Center. Studio34 Jewelry Arts Learning Center offers classes in all jewelry making media. Classes include: PMC, glass beadmaking at the torch, polymer, woven sterling, fusing, metalsmith, cold connection, off loom bead weaving, peyote, Ndebele, hand craft sterling chain, jewelry design and marketing. Studio34 is a public access studio with torches, tools, and fully equipped cold shop.

Malachite and Gems of Africa - This is an awesome new store located right here in Rochester, on Long Pond Road, across from the Greece Ridge Mall Sears Entrance (1339 Long Pond Road).  Come check it out...lots of Malachite and other gemstones as well as carved animals in stone and wood, other Minerals, Fossils, Gifts and Art Products.  It's like being able to go to a gem show every day of the week.  This is a great store that is local that you can go and purchase materials for cutting and polishing at an excellent price and you can see what you are buying instead of looking online and then having to pay shipping and handling.

The AFMS is the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. Their website has quite a few good links as well as some educational materials. The EFMLS is the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies. Their site is linked off of the same site as the AFMS, and offers quite a bit of information on these two societies have to offer.


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Gemstone Guru - Whether you are an expert or an amateur, or just starting to scratch the surface of the gem world, you have discovered the fascinating world of gemstones and jewelry, and you want to learn more. You have come to the right place.

eBay - eBay has a very large category on jewelry, gemstones, and gem cutting rough. - this is a cool website that you can find and connect with a lot of local artists and learn more about the jewelry industry.

An Introduction to Faceting - instructions on the web. This looks to be a very good site with some basics on faceting and some of the techniques used. The webmaster of their website said that they would be making some changes in the future, but would leave this up there as it is an excellent reference.

Kingsley North, Inc.
Kingsley North, Inc is a website that carries a full line of jewelry findings, cabochons, bead necklaces, gem boxes, lapidary cutting equipment, saws, faceting machines, and much much more. This site is one of the best lapidary suppliers around.

The Rock Peddler
This is a favorite among a few of our members, because this site offers some of what Kingsley North offers, at an unbelievably low price.

The Gem Society
This is a new site made in collaboration with Jeff Graham.  It has a lot of useful information and articles as well as many resources.  It also has newer information than what is included in the 2 links below.

Gram Faceting - linked to an internet archive
This site was created by a very good faceter named Jeff Graham.  Unfortunately, Jeff Graham passed away a year or so ago and the site is not operational...I have left it online because this website is still online and is a great reference for well faceted stones, faceting manuals, as well as faceting rough. Everything for the faceter in your home.

Gram Cabbing - linked to an internet archive
Another site offered by Jeff Graham, devoted to everything cabbing, also left on this site of links for reference purposes. 

Bob's Rock Shop
This site is featured in Rock and Gem magazine. Here is an intro from Bob's Website: This Shop is a non-commercial site in that the rocks and mineral specimens displayed here are Not for Sale (at least, not through me), but you are welcome to browse all you like. Thanks to its generous content contributors and advertising sponsors, the Shop has grown considerably since it was first brought on-line in March 1995 as a homepage with eight or so images of rocks from my own collection. To give you a graphic example of what's in store here, I've brought out one of my own heavy lead specimens as an example some of the Shop's current "stock and trade".