in this issue
-- The V2 Faceting Machine
-- A Visit from Dae Lee
-- NEW LOCATION -- Andy Gulij, Ultra Tec's
Rep in San Diego
-- A "Mineral Calendar" with a "Plus"
Welcome to the October 2009 copy of the Some
We hope you enjoy catching up with the
updates from the Wrold of Ultra Tec each month!
The V2 Faceting Machine
A Visit from Dae Lee
We hadn't seen Dae Lee for a number of years-and
then, one day last month he came by the factory-
toting two old Ultra Tec machines. For many
years, he operated a custom cutting operation in
Cerritos California. He explained to Joe that he
and his wife had moved to a new home in Southern
California, to be near his grandkids--they had
retired from their business.
They did the typical California thing-they
had a "moving sale" in their front yard
-everything was sold, but, when someone offered
to buy the faceting equipment, he said that he
"just couldn't let it go -- to a stranger". So,
he brought them "home" to Ultra Tec.
Dae Lee and Joe enjoyed reminiscing about the
days when Dae Lee and his wife Jae Lee, would go
to the "Faceters Fairs", back in the '70's and
'80's, where Jai Lee would demonstrate faceting
on the Ultra Tec. She was a super fast high
quality faceter-she could take a piece of rough,
not yet dopped, and 45 minutes later, hand back
a completed gem. Watching her was a
pleasure-every motion precise-not a wasted
When Joe introduced Dae Lee to some of the
younger people in the company, Joe pointed to
the machines and said they had cut many hundreds
of stones-Dai Lee corrected him, saying "many
thousands - many many thousands".
NEW LOCATION -- Andy Gulij, Ultra Tec's Rep in
Andy Gulij is not a new name among Ultra Tec
representatives, but he is in a new location.
For years, Andy was located in Big Bear, a
mountain top town in Southern California-and now
he's returned to "civilization"-San Diego, where
he's located in the Jewelry Building, downtown
(check our Representative Listing for contact
Always a creative guy, Andy has developed
unique fantasy designs, and has placed first in
AGTA gem cutting competition.
Tak a look at Andy's website : www.gemfix.com
A "Mineral Calendar" with a "Plus"
You've seen Mineral Calendars before-they always
display natural-uncut-minerals (Now, "mineral
people" don't always look kindly at faceting.
They are concerned that faceters are about to
break up some mineral specimen into facetable
This beautiful calendar, from Spain, is no
exception- that is, its illustrations are all
mineral specimens-- EXCEPT for the page shown -
the September Aquamarine page.
Is that a faceted stone you see!
The man who puts this calendar together visited
JosŤ Guiu, Ultra Tec's representative in
Barcelona, and looked at his cut stones. He was
"swept away" by the Aquamarine - and with a
little urging from JosŤ he arranged to have it
shown on the calendar page you see. JOSE GUIU
Needless to say-this reduced size version
doesn't do it justice-but we wanted to show it
to you. It might be a first.
SOME TIMES Archives
Ultra Tec Lapidary Library
Digital Angle Dial (DAD) Information Page
So long for now...
The Ultra Tec Team
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