Gemstone Tumbling, Cutting, Drilling & Cabochon Making: A Simple Guide to Finishing Rough Stones Paperback
Gemstones are naturally beautiful, but you can make them glisten and shine. This beginner’s guide covers all the techniques you need to know: tumbling, cutting, face polishing and more. It pertains to a wide range of popular gemstones, from agates to turquoise, and it provides information about recommended equipment and supplies. Plus, it introduces jewelry making with seven projects. By following the authors’ simple approach, you’ll create finished stones worthy of displaying, selling or making into jewelry.
Jim Magnuson and his sister Carol Wood have been collaborating on creation of books related to gemstone hunting and finishing since 2010. They have a shared interest in the beauty of natural gemstones such as Lake Superior Agates.
Rock hounding is more than a hobby for author Jim Magnuson, it is a serious and rewarding avocation that helps him connect with nature. He has been an avid hunter and student of various gems, minerals and fossils since his childhood, when he first began to hunt for stones in his native state of Illinois. In addition to hunting rocks & minerals, Jim has developed a strong interest in the lapidary arts for creating jewelry pieces from the semi-precious gemstones that he hunts for and collects.
Jim also enjoys sharing his knowledge and interests through writing, another lifelong interest. Through his writing he hopes to inspire and enable others to be successful in finding quality gemstones and creating beautiful jewelry pieces. Jim continues to learn and adapt his rock hunting and lapidary methods and publications; to this end he greatly appreciates all feedback from readers.
Carol Wood took up professional photography as a means of satisfying a lifelong passion for creating and sharing things of beauty. She has a keen eye for seeing perspectives in things that on the surface appear to be mundane or quite simple. Given her training and natural instincts for perspective and complementary lighting that enhances visual clarity, Carol is able to produce high-definition photographic images that enhance but don’t distract from the given subjects. These skills are essential in creating both guidebooks and photographic essays.
Carol has also developed a personal interest in making jewelry pieces using gemstones she has found. She has become familiar with many of the lapidary tools and processes in the Gemstone – Lapidary publication and authored some of the book’s content.