I’ve had requests for my mom to come back and chat some more with you on the blog after her last post that she did HERE. I admire my mom for a million reasons. I always get excited to share a little part of her with you on the blog. Enjoy!
Sparkly Things and Life Shapes Us Too!
Hello!! Hungry Runner Girl Mom here. Guest post day. Janae didn’t give me a subject soooo- I decided to share a little about my passion- I love rocks and gems!! I love color!! Gem cutting tour coming up!
I first start with a piece of gem “rough”. I ALWAYS buy the best rough because it is so annoying to do all the work of cutting the gem only to find out there are interior flaws.
Next up, I decide what shape I want to cut the gem. I decide this by the shape of the rough. The goal is to lose the least amount of gem material/carat in the finished gem. Below is a picture of a typical gem cutting instruction sheet. Just a different kind of recipe!
My faceting machine. I start cutting with a lap that will grind off a lot of gem material without ruining the stone to get the basic shape. I use a 260 grit lap for the first go through on most gems. This is really coarse! (If rocks could talk I’m sure they would be saying OUCH OUCH OUCH!!) The bigger the number lap (polishing laps can be up to 50,000 diamond) the smaller the grit and the longer it takes to remove stone.
With each step/lap I take off less stone and I am really cutting in the facets until the final polishing lap where I’m not removing much at all but making it shiny and beautiful.
This is a picture of a tiger’s eye cabochon that I cut for my husband. I made 6 belt buckles for Christmas presents for my husband, sons and son-in-laws. I tried to make it a surprise so I used someone else’s machine and disappeared for 6 hours! It was like the border patrol was after me! “Mom?? Mom, where are you? Why aren’t you answering my texts???” (Ha! Because I am covered in rock mud!!!)
Yay!! This granddaughter loves rocks too! She is cutting open a geode that I gave her for Christmas. (This saw is a non injury saw). I have a grandson in Arizona that loves rocks too.
There is a lot of technical stuff involved but these are the basic steps. Looking at colorful sparkly things makes me happy!
Kind of a random thought, but life to me, whether tough trials or the good times, is a little like cutting gems. There have been many times in my life that I felt like I was on life’s 100 grit lap in a painful step of being shaped or refined. I would never trade in the trials I’ve experienced because I’ve learned so much from them but I wouldn’t want to do them over again either! Those of you that are runners know that often you learn the most from the hardest races. As I get older I see that so much of who I am was shaped during the 100 grit time, not the polishing times. I think we become the most beautiful, sparkling gems we can be by enduring well life’s challenges.
That seems to be the trick. Enduring. One of the things I do if I am stressed out is to look for beautiful things in nature. ROCKS!! Whether I am looking at animals, the clouds, the mountains or the lake, it calms and centers me. Mother nature did a great job of providing visual therapy!!
(Janae here for a second… I think this is one of the many reasons we love running… Mother Nature calms us while we are out there).
We are all in this together and helping others with their trials is so helpful too! I try to remember that each of us is on a different level/step/lap of becoming a beautiful gem and try to be patient. I love how supportive you are with each other and with Janae. You are all sparkling gems in my book!
Has anyone ever cut any gems?
What is your favorite colored gem (not diamond)?
What things do you do to calm yourself in tough times?