Upcoming Faceting Workshop – May 12

This workshop has been  Cancelled.  Please see George’s email for details. George sent an email and there is a post here on the website about rescheduling the workshop to June 16th.


The next NMFG faceting workshop will be Sunday, May 12, at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas 87043, from 8:30 set up to 9 AM to 3 PM, workshop.  We’ll follow the usual format of spending most of the time at your machines.  Instructors will be available to assist anyone needing help.  The cost is $15.00 per person to cover the cost of materials, lunch, and part of the cost for the use of the library. Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, May 8th so we can do the necessary planning and know how many tables to set up.

Very important:  If you do not have a machine and want to come to the workshop you must let me know ASAP because there are only two available faceting machines, but instructors are limited.

Parking is in the gravel lot to the West side of the building.  You will enter the meeting room from the parking lot. You will be able to dump the wastewater in the dirt past the North end of the parking lot. There is a kitchen type setup where you will be able to get water.

Directions to the Placitas Community Library:  Go North on I-25 to exit 242.  Exit and go East 4.3 miles and you will see a Green and White sign pointing to the library.

If you have Question call me         505-867-0112

George Franzen

April Workshop

We had ten people at our workshop on April 14. About half the group was experienced faceters and the other half of the group was folks learning faceting. One of the experienced members finished a gem during the workshop. See pictures below.

Started by Ernie, completed by Carsten
April 2024
Likely yellow apatite
2 carats
7.5 mm square
Material origin unknown
Activity during the April workshop

Successful TotE Show for NMFG

Our Guild had a very successful showing at this year’s TotE show. We had members demonstrating faceting at our booth during the entire show. We also had a gem display as well. Quite a number of people left their name and contact information with us, and we already had some of those folks show up at our March workshop.

NMFG member, Carsten, by our gem display at the TotE Show