Questions You May Have About Faceting
The following are some of the most frequently asked questions that we get about faceting.
What are the steps involved in faceting a gemstone?
To best answer is that I suggest that you purchase our "Faceting A Gemstone" DVD. The DVD lets you watch the process of a gemstone being faceted (cutting a gemstone). It has many tips for the beginner or even the more experienced facetor.
Is faceting something that my whole family will want to be involved in?
If you or your family members like to create things and work with your hands, then the answer is yes.
In our family Linda is the one that started faceting gemstones on her brand new Ultra Tec V2 faceting machine. I sat and watched her as she faceted some beautiful gems. I asked her if I could try it? She said sure and gave me a few pointers along the way. A few days later Linda came into the studio and said:"This just isn't going to work!".
I asked her what she was talking about. She just stated that I was going to have to buy my own faceting machine so that she could have hers back again. I was totally hooked on faceting so I bought my own Ultra Tec V2 and the rest is history!
Faceting is a very enjoyable, rewarding and I like to say very addicting. (but unlike tobacco, drugs or alcohol, there is no cure needed :-) )
Is faceting something that I will be able to do for a lifetime hobby?
Yes! Unlike many sports and hobbies, where you are going to get to "old" to participate, faceting is something that you should be able to do well into your "golden years".
Does faceting take up a lot of room?
No! A faceting machine won't take up any more space than you would probably use for a desktop computer. We have Ultra Tec V5 faceting machines set up on small 2' x 4' portable tables. You could actually set your faceting machine up in a closet if need be. That is about all of the room that you will need.
What do you do with the waste water that is generated from faceting?
We use ours to water plants, as we have found that they seem to like the extra minerals and nutrients that they're getting.
Should I buy all of the "bells and whistles" at once?
I always tell my customers to start with the basics (the Ultra Tec faceting machine, the basic necessary accessories and some basic laps). As you gain experience you will have a better handle on the things that you need and the things that you want. Plus if you have any questions about what need you can always email us and we can guide you.
Should I buy an Ultra Tec faceting machine?
Yes!! The advantages of buying an Ultra Tec faceting machine are, that it has great accuracy and reliability and in my opinion it is very user friendly. Plus it comes with a lifetime factory warranty and it will have factory support. If your faceting machine is easy and fun to use, you will use it more often, and in my opinion you will get more return for your money because of it.
Some people seem to think that when they are just getting started faceting gemstones that they should start out with a cheap faceting machine. In my opinion, this way of thinking is completely wrong! If you buy a machine that isn't user friendly you probably won't use it, thus it will not be a good investment. How can you think, that if you buy a cheap faceting machine, that you are going to be getting the same quality and reliability and durability of an Ultra Tec faceting machine. It just isn't going to happen.
I am sure everyone has heard the saying of "you get what you pay for", when it comes to faceting machines this is certainly true! Invest in an Ultra Tec faceting machine when you first start faceting gemstones and you will be faceting gemstones on it for life! You save money when you buy quality the first time! Buy an Ultra Tec faceting machine first and you will save the time and money of buying and selling cheap faceting machines.
While other faceting machine companies have been going out of business, Ultra Tec is still very committed to being the leader in the faceting machine industry. They have in just the last few years, been busy updating existing faceting machines as well as developing new faceting machines. Ultra Tec has, introduced a Concave faceting machine, a Fantasy faceting machine, and the V5 faceting machine, which is a beefed up version of the very already very reliable V2 model. They also developed a very accurate and reliable digital angle dial for Ultra Tec faceting machines. Ultra Tec has more faceting machine options for you than any other company that I know of. The choice is clear, buy an Ultra Tec! You won’t be sorry.
I hope these questions and answers have helped you in your decision to purchase a faceting machine.
The following link will take you to a PDF file, written by Joe Rubin, the owner of Ultra Tec Mfg., it is some of the questions that he has been asked, over the years, about faceting. I hope this helps also.
…(BUT YOU WERE ASHAMED TO ASK) by Joe Rubin