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Jim Rentfrow wants to produce a new gemstone collection using concave cut gems.

Hello, my name is Jim Rentfrow and I am an experienced gemstone cutter.  I've worked in the US and overseas on a USAID funded program in Afghanistan, training civilians to support themselves by cutting gemstones. Now I am up for a new challenge - fantasy cut gemstones. 

Normally I take something that looks like this:

 

And turn it into this:

 

But what I want to do is create a new line of fantasy cut gemstones.  The reason I want to start to create fantasy cut gemstones is it will allow me to focus on the artistic side of gemstone cutting while getting away from the commercial side of things.  Gemstones are my passion, but I want to create gemstones that are truly unique pieces of art like the stone cut by Dalan Hargrave above.  

What is a fantasy cut gemstone you ask?  A fantasy cut gemstone uses different cutting techniques including concave faceting, holes, bubbles and carving to bring out the inner beauty of a gemstone.  In short, it allows gems to look like this!

Now, in order to do this I need to first purchase a fantasy cutting machine. These machines are quite expensive due to the precision and repeat ability of the machinery. 

This is where you come in!

To show my gratitude for your financial support, I invite you to share in my passion by offering you a variety of gemstones and jewelry piecess.This is why Kickstarter is so powerful; it allows you to help out a person, while getting something cool in return!

You can contribute anything from $1 to $3500 with rewards at all areas.  But it’s an all or nothing reward system, if I do not hit my goal I do not get any of the funds and all money is returned to the backers.  Time is short, the goal is large and with your help I know I can reach it!

Thank you for checking out my campaign and thank you for any support you give me as well!

Sincerely,

Jim Rentfrow

Twitter.com/Jimrentfrow  ß--- Follow me on Twitter

www.flawlessfacets.com  ß--- Check out my website

http://www.oneworldgemstone.com/category/artists/jim-rentfrow/  ß--Check out my profile on OWG

Below are articles I have written for the popular gemstone website, Pricescope.com

http://www.pricescope.com/journal/gemstone-cutting-step-step 

http://www.pricescope.com/journal/gems-afghanistan 

http://www.pricescope.com/journal/cushion-cutting-step-step 

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    A sincere thank you. Added to my email list for all future specials on concave cut gems

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    A hand written thank you note, added to my email list for future specials on concave cut gems.

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    All of the above rewards, a 2mm round spessartite garnet, and you get my journal from Afghanistan. Its 125 pages detailing my trials, tribulations and day to day activities.

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    A checker board cut 8mm piece of Lapis Lazuli. A hand written thank you note. Plus a 2mm round spessartite garnet..

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    Lapis Lazuli Ear rings from Afghanistan. Made with high grade lapis lazuli that is hand cut in a pear shape checkerboard design and finished in silver.

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    A 6mm(~ 1 carat) round concave cut lab grown blue sapphire set in a silver pendant.

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    A 6mm round concave cut lab grown blue sapphire pendant with a matching set of 5 mm (~.75 carats) concave cut round blue lab grown sapphires ear rings.

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    A matching suite of concave cut blue lab grown sapphires set in silver ear rings, pendants and ring.

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    All of the above rewards plus a 15mm cushion cut lab grown ruby(~18 carats) a value of over $2500.

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    All of the above items plus you can attend a week in my studio in Fargo learning how to facet gemstones. We will also create a gemstone cut and name it after you. You will also receive a free gemstone on your birthday for the next 10 years!

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    Two days mining in Montana with me. You will get to keep all sapphires that you find and I will teach you how to cut these gems in my studio in Fargo!

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