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Topaz Update
Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 • Posted March 28, 2012

OK, Gerry,

I stated recently that Mr. Herbert Goff no longer facets gems. Mr. Goff called me, and assured me that he still cuts our wonderful topaz. So here I am, correcting my mistake. I am so glad to hear that Mr. Goff still produces gems. That means that the tradition is still continuing. The more gem cutters producing gems, the more topaz found, the more gems for sale in town, the better for the community. The more of our topaz out there for Texas to enjoy, the more we contribute to our Texas culture. This is the unique characteristic of our town.Last year I started a gem collection. It’s called The Texas Cutters collection. It is our local topaz faceted by gem cutters in Texas. There are about a dozen gems so far, with more gems being added regularly. There are two gems cut by Tom Zayko, and there is a Lone Star cut topaz cut by Herbert Goff. This exhibit was shown for the first time this last Saturday at Texas Topaz Day. In Mr. Goff’s honor, the collection will on display throughout the bluebonnet season. We are open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11-5. Please come by and enjoy the ways gem cutters from around our state, and from our town, express their love of our topaz.

B. Diane Eames, GG

Graduate Gemologist (GIA)

Gems of the Hill Country

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