I was thrilled to see this hand-cut stone that my teacher brought today. It is a smoky quartz 14mm gemstone. Dick Desjardens is a lovely person! He is a retired doctor who has delivered over 2000 babies. Now he spends his days cutting gemstones and taking care of his wife. He is an interesting man and has done many things. I love to hear his stories.
Hans and I alternate weeks where we go and work with him in the studio. So far I'm learning to cut cabochons, but hope to get to faceting one day! I got some equipment a few months ago and have only done two stones so far. My husband loves to cut stones as well--he is much more talented than I am!