Jim Saunders' Profile
Grew up in the artist colony of Laguna Beach CA.Moved to Albuquerque to finsh school. Albuquerque was home to the huge turquoise boom of the 1970's and still is.I manufactured silver and turquoise jewelry there for over 35 years.I always cut my own stones for my jewelry designs and the industry found me and I began cutting stone for many of the silver jewelry manufacters. Durring this time in my life I built one of the largest cabochon cutting shops in the USA.Developed many lapidary equipment designs and custom tooling inovations.The most notable being Ultrasonic stone cutting. At my peak we were cutting over 5000 cabs a day.Yes right here in the good old USA that is posible.!!!
My stone interests are ALL the unique stone I can find around the world. My roots and first love is Turquoise and its Rare couisins,Variscite,Variquoise,Faustite. I do favor the green colors more than blue.
I do love the…
- Joined May 10, 2010