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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Phil: Cabochon Master

(This article is republished here from the "Gem People" website, which is being closed because of difficulty in managing it.)

Phil's last name not shown as per his request: for security reasons.

Phil is one of those artist who have a very practical approach towards their work of art. When I was learning Faceting, he told me (and I have not forgotten) to use good quality gemstones even though I am just learning. Because good quality material will result in a gem, which I can charish rather than throw away after a while. Phil likes to cabochon and then he makes jewelry with it, thus making it usable.

In the pictures below see Phil showing off his cab at the Bendigo Gem show Sept 2004. I tried to shoot him together with his girl friend but she shied away. Both of them are seen in almost every gem show in Victoria.

I tried to take photos of his beautiful piece of Jade but my hands shook and the light was not very good that is why you may not be able to see the real beauty of the artifact.

Phil was the Secretary of Nunawading & District Lapidary Club (in Melbourne, Victoria) when I first wrote this article for the original website. Now he is the president. He teaches short courses in Silver Jewelry Making at the club. I did the introductory course, where he taught us how to make a Silver ring. Phil does not conduct cabochon courses, which is a shame.

Phil is plumber by profession. You would find him at the club most of his free time.
 Phil Showing His Rough Rocks

Phil Showing Off His Teeth
Phils Cabochon Closeup

Phils Jade Cabochon


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