March / April 2004 Edition
A REPORT FROM SPAIN
Many of you are aware that Barcelona, a city
known for its art and architecture, is a center for jewelry arts as well.
Barcelona hosts an annual “Expominer Fair”—a gem and show that
rivals the larger shows in the USA. Here
are a few pictures from Expominer 2003…
You can see that Ultra Tec is on display in
one of the booths—the booth of the Gemological Department of the University of
Barcelona. We are very pleased to
report that the University has added faceting to the classes that they offer,
and has chosen (wisely, we think) to use Ultra Tec machines.
They have set up very nice workstations and are ready to start classes in
the coming semester.
((Those workstations are a bit neater than
mine at home—a confession—but I thought I should point that out before my
It is good to see faceting become part
of the gemology and jewelry design curriculum.
Over the years, jewelry designers have become increasingly aware of the
importance of the cut stone in completing their designs.
In the old days (and still lingering, in some cases), it was common to
see a very nice jewelry design let down by some unimaginative native cut stone.
I think most designers have seen the light, however, a situation that
will be helped by jewelry schools offering early exposure and experience to the
equipment and techniques of custom faceting.
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