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Gems of the Hill Country Offers Glimpse at Historic Diamond Replicas
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010

Gems of the Hill Country is presenting a special gem exhibit from Texas Faceters’ Guild. The collection of gems displayed are replicas of famous historic diamonds recreated in cubic zirconia by members of the Texas Faceters’ Guild. The collection began in 1990 as a guild project, and has grown over the years to include 34 gems. Included are replicas of the Hope Diamond, and the Cullinan diamonds in the British crown jewels. The replicas are the exact shape, size and design of the original gems.

The Texas Faceters’ Guild was created in 1980 to promote the art and science of faceting. The guild provides education and instruction in gem faceting. Tom Zayko, a local faceter for a number of years, was an early member of the guild, and was known in the Texas faceting community. Diane Eames is the current president of Texas Faceters’ Guild, and travels the state increasing the awareness of faceting by giving presentations and demonstrating gem cutting. She also often talks about our state gem, Mason County topaz.

Texas Faceters’ Guild will present their annual seminar in Temple, Texas, on October 9-10, at the Tri-Cities Gem and Mineral Show. In addition to presentations by notable Texas gem cutters, plenty of time will be provided to try faceting with instructors available. More details can be found at

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