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   December 2007 Edition



In the Good Ol’ Days, when we sent the SomeTimes through the mail, just getting ready, writing, rewriting, printing, addressing – all took so long that my “Season’s Greetings” were often reduced to “…it’s not too late to wish you a good New Year”—after all, it was just February.


So, there is something nice about the “Good New Days” (not much) – but we get our Season’s Greetings” delivered in a more timely way…




From all of us at Ultra Tec.



Faceting Opal


Meet a new faceter, Ellie Pitts.  I’ve had an interesting exchange of emails with her, about faceting opals.  I confessed to her that I didn’t know that clear “faceting opal” existed (here I thought I knew everything, but I didn’t know that—well, now I know that, so I guess I’m back to knowing everything).  Ellie shares ownership of the “Yellow Gem” mine which is the source of the opal.  Ellie writes: “…It's a backpack-in, and dig by hand mine...”- so it is a real adventure.  She’s new to faceting, and she loves it.  The pictures tell the story.



   The “Yellow Gem” mine in Idaho. Pretty country.



  The opal rough—really in the rough.  See Ellie’s pick in the lower part of the picture to get an idea of the size.  Ellie says “the deeper you go, the clearer it is.”


  Cut material—there it is.



Ellie and her husband spend the winter in Virginia and drive to the mine in Idaho for the summer. When her husband retires, they plan to move West for good (as she puts it, “whew, end of long commute”)   Ellie’s son is in Iraq right now, with his National Guard unit.  She says. “ When he gets back I hope he'll come dig with me a little!”  I think, how could he not.


So long until the next SomeTimes Bulletin


Joe Rubin



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