My name is Seth. I am new to the forums. I just recently got into gem polishing and cutting as a hobby. I'm 30 years old. I am a neurology nurse by trade and I find that making jewelry for family and friends is something that really helps me decompress after dealing with the challenges and stresses of my job. My dad was the one who really got me interested in geology and gemology. He was a rock hound who was particularly interested in Native American artifacts and ancient stone tools. I am interested primarily in labradorite, opal, obsidian, and moonstone. I do my carving and polishing with a dremel as I do not have the funds yet for a lapidary grinder or faceting machine.
Any knowledge and experience you all could offer me would be much appreciated and I will do my best to be an active and productive member of these forums .