Initiation. It’s February 2005. I’ve been reading the Tao Te Ching. I’m in a van driving to New England. I’ve sold everything I owned with the intention of starting a new life.

Initiation. It’s August 2015. I’ve been reading the Welsh Merlin Poems. I’m next to a cave on a sacred hill in Scotland. I’ve embarked on a holy pilgrimage in an attempt to interweave the fibers of my heart with the fibers of the Earth.

Initiation. It’s November 2008. I’ve been reading The Invisibles. My perception is outside of space-time while my body lays in a bed next to a spiritual teacher. She’s holding my hand and helping to propel my consciousness to higher levels of awareness. …


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I spent a lot of time avoiding responsibility because I didn’t want worldly pressures sitting upon my shoulders.

I sought greatness in small things and worked towards personal goals.

When the Tao Te Ching said
“The saint inspires the vitality of all lives, without holding back.
He nurtures all beings with no wish to take possession of.
He devotes all his energy but has no intention to hold on to the merit.
When success is achieved, he seeks no recognition.
Because he does not claim for the credit, hence shall not lose it.”

I listened.

As I grew older, I was content with my small successes but I also sought more complex levels of achievement. …


Transforming Red Cambodian Zircon with the Element of Fire

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Before the advent of modern science, Renaissance-era proto-scientists known as alchemists thought that they could change the fundamental chemistry of lead through an elaborate and semi-mystical process and purify it into gold. …


An In-Progress Directory

I thought this would be a very useful list.If you have additions please message me on Facebook or email. justinkprim@gmail.com

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America

Adamas Facet

http://adamasfacet.com

American Lapidary Wholesalers

4100 N Powerline Rd Ste I-5 — Pompano Beach, FL 33073
http://www.amlap.com

Ameritool

915 Merchant Street, #3, Redding, CA 96002
ameritoolonline.com

Arrowhead Lapidary Supply

P.O. Box 247, Wellington, OH 44090
arrowheadlapidarysupply.com

Bernie’s Lapidary Supply

1800 North Broadway, Rochester, MN 55906
bernieslapidary.com

Cigar Rock Box

63160 Nels Anderson Rd., Bend, Or 97701
https://cigarboxrock.com

Covington Engineering

715 West Colton Avenue, Redlands, CA 92374
https://covington-engineering.com

Creative Gems

P.O. Box 852, Crandall, Texas 75114
http://www.creativegems.com

Ed’s House of Gems

7712 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213
https://www.yelp.com/biz/eds-house-of-gems-portland

Facet Shoppe

PO Box 534, Burley, WA, 98322
https://www.facetshoppe.com

Facetron — Jarvi Tools

780 East Debra Lane, Anaheim, California 92805
https://facetron.com/


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Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, many talks and shows around the world have been canceled so in the meantime, lets share company with live WEBINARS!

I am currently doing a weekly show with Vincent Pardieu on Wednesday’s at 8pm Bangkok time called Field Gemology Talks

If you missed any of the past webinars they are avaiable on my YouTube Channel!

Main Lecture Title

A Brief History of Colored Gemstone Faceting

Synopsis

Justin K Prim, author and faceting instructor in Bangkok, explores the history of colored gemstone cutting in Europe. Beginning in the 1300’s and taking us on a visual journey through history to modern times, the presentation includes images and videos portraying faceted stones in jewelry at various points throughout history and also discusses the development of techniques and machinery through the ages. We will look at the the evolution of the gem cutting craft as it has been influenced by the artistic and technological trends of the times from Renaissance to Victorian to the Modern Era, from table cut to concave faceting. Along the way, we will follow the journey of the European faceting machine as it migrates and evolves from country to country before heading overseas and changing the jewelry production world in the process. …


World of Faceting machines is a video series that I started in April 2018. The show explores various faceting machine types and techniques from around the world. Each episode is around 5 minutes long and explores a specific machine or technique. Enjoy!

Season 1

Season 2


The History of Gem Cutting in the Czech Republic

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The story of Czech gem cutting is deeply connected with the story of Bohemian garnet mining and the localities that provide them. It’s an old story, stretching back to the Renaissance, yet still living and breathing as new cutters are being trained today in the Bohemian faceting style. It’s a story that is linked to the great lapidary dynasties of Italy and the German gem cutting center of Idar-Oberstein. Let us now enter the world of the Bohemian Paradise…

Garnet has been mined in the Bohemian kingdom since the time of Celts. Jewelry with Czech garnets has been found in the settlements of Germans tribes as far back as the 6th century, but this is not where our story begins. Jumping forward about a millennia, during the time of the Renaissance, an eccentric ruler is about to change the history of the Czech garnet forever. …


The Modern History of Gemstone Faceting in Sri Lanka

A version of this article original appeared in The Journal of Gemmology, 36(5), 2019, pp. 298–315

INTRODUCTION

The art of fashioning stones in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) goes back more than 2,000 years, and gems have been mined on the island for even longer⁶. …


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Despite the fact that gemstones have been an obsession of humankind for at least 100,000 years and movies have been our obsession since their inception in the late 1800’s, there is a surprisingly small overlap in the movie world and gem and jewelry world. After a bit of research and a lot of movie watching, I’ve come up with a nice list for fans of all things sparkly. To make this list reasonable, I’ve included only movies that have gems or jewelry involved in the central plot of the film, listed in order of release.

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Uncut Gems (2019)

A charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win. …

About

Justin K Prim

Gemcutter / Travel Adventurer / Lapidary Historian/ Author of The Heart of Merlin / www.justinkprim.com

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