The Jet in Alfred or the Wellsville Creative Arts Center for a light lunch depending where I am at the necessary time to pause for refreshment.
Yesterday at Walker Metalsmiths in Andover I met a gemologist, Peter Torraca, GG , who graciously shared his exertise along with a little demonstration. He answered a question that I thought that I knew the answer to but wasn't sure: What's the quality of the gemstones that you see advertised on the shopping networks on TV? You guessed the answer: a low grade gem, and even if it was lovingly set by an exceptional jeweler, it would still be not perfect. It follows the rule that you pay for what you get.
I came home and checked out Torraca's website, and it held a lot of information about gemstones. See for yourself.