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 Post subject: Howdy Howdy!
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Hey everyone, my name is Phil Lagas-Rivera. I'm 27 years old, and I've been interested in gems and minerals since I was probably 7 or 8. Heh, at 8 years old, I could identify benitoite, though I couldn't pronounce it ;)

Right now I work a day job as a screen printer, but I've finally decided to go back to school and get my Graduate Gemologist certification from the GIA. I'll probably start my first class in the next week or two.

I wanted to learn how to cut gemstones since I was a kid. My dad taught me to cut cabs when I was about 11, and I learned to facet when I was 17. When I was 20 I bought my own Facetron machine and have been doing it on and off since then. I've decided it's time to change industries and turn this hobby into the day job, and my current day job, back into the hobby.

I've always been kinda alone in my love of gems--I have no other friends or colleagues that are interested in them, so I'm looking forward to making some new friends here and establishing contacts in the industry. If any of you are pro cutters, I'd love to hear from you about how you got started, what sells, how to price stones, etc.

Nice to meet you all, cheers!

Also...

I'M A NINJA!


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flameswithin wrote:
I'M A NINJA!

Who did you study under out of curiosity? Also did you go to Japan to get your Masters?

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Welcome flameswithin.
You look like you're a perfect fit for our forum.
Pull up your ninja chair and join right in.
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that's the same mask I wear when calling on jewlers to sell my wares!


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LOLOL!

Welcome flameswithin! Make yourself at home. Post often.

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LOL - (and I don't even know what that means!)

You should be a welcome addition to this forum.

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LOL - (and I don't even know what that means!)

ROFL

Welcome to GO flameswithin.

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Hi Phil and welcome to the forum!! :D
feel like at home here, we're looking forward to your contribute!
BENVENUTO!! 8)
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Hi and welcome on the forum Flameswithin!

Always good to have people around with interesting hobbies in addition to our love affair with gems..

Can you break rocks in two halfs with a punch? If yes you´re booked on the next Habachtal dig... :D

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