Facet-nat­ing pas­time has mem­bers hooked

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

IT TAKES a lot of mo­ti­va­tion to sift through half a tonne of dirt, find noth­ing, and do it all again.

But that’s the kind of ef­fort Aus­tralian Face­tors Guild pres­i­dent Gra­ham Kin­sela is will­ing to put into find­ing his favourite gem­stone.

“My stone of choice would have to be a yel­low sap­phire,” he said.

“If you spend eight hours a day, seven days a week, look­ing for one, you’re do­ing well if you find one,” he said.

“But they can sell for $300-$400 a carat. Once I found a beau­ti­ful blue nine carat one. That’s prob­a­bly the best I’ve ever got.

“We go camp­ing all around Aus­tralia look­ing for stones, and of­ten spend all day dig­ging and siev­ing, see­ing what comes up,” he said.

When Mr Kin­sela and his wife Pam re­turn from their fos­sick­ing trips, they launch them­selves into faceting their new ac­qui­si­tions be­fore they can set them into jew­ellery.

“One-hun­dredth of a de­gree can make all the dif­fer­ence when you facet gem­stones. It’s im­por­tant it’s all sym­met­ri­cal,” he said.

“Some­times you have to grind ridges to the same heights; that’s one of the most dif­fi­cult parts.”

Mrs Kin­sela worked to facet her first ever al­man­dine gar­net at the Gem Show on the week­end, and while she has been work­ing on it for sev­eral days, she said her hus­band could prob­a­bly do the job in 20 min­utes.

“It’s very pre­cise work. I just hope I can make this one good enough to bother putting in a ring,” she said, with a laugh.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

CON­CEN­TRA­TION: Pam Kin­sela faceted her first ever al­man­dine gar­net at the Cen­tral Queens­land Gem Show this week­end.

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