Tumbled Gemstones from the Beginning

Tumbled gemstones! In today’s post, I am going to try to explain (to the best of my limited knowledge) tumbling, gemstone rough, and the process from rough to polished stones. The first picture is of some various gemstone rough that I found at my favorite gem hunting place, Gold ‘n’ Gem Grubbin’, in Cleveland, Georgia.









The gemstone rough shown above (from upper left) Amethyst, Aventurine, two Emeralds, Sodalite, and on the bottom row (from left) Sapphire and Rubies. Many of these gemstones will be key elements in The Gemstone Chronicles series.

I use a Lortone 3 lb tumbler (this is not an endorsement of Lortone products!!). The tumbling is a four part process that starts with a coarse grit and ends with a polishing step. Each of the steps takes about a week, so the entire process takes about a month to complete. Below is a picture of the tumbler.

Tumbled Gemstones Tumlber












Lastly, here are some pictures of the tumbled gemstones.









On the top row, Amethyst (very dark) a couple of lighter Amethysts, and an Aventurine. On the bottom row, three tumbled Blue Topaz.

There you have a very quick primer on how I go from rough gemstones to tumbled gemstones. You can research this much more and find that there are volumes written about the subject. It is a relatively inexpensive hobby, but one that can be fascinating! I know I’m hooked and will continue with my tumbling.

What are your favorite gemstones? Do you prefer faceted stones, cabochons, or tumbled? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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One week! What A Learning Experience!!

One week!

I’m excited that is has been one week since I started the publishing process for my first novel, The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian. The week has flown by and I have to say thanks for those who have visited this website, my Facebook page, and a special thanks to those who bought the book and are now, hopefully, fully involved in the story and loving it!

One week The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian

Please visit and leave comments on how you liked the book and about your favorite parts. In the meantime, I will be working on revising The Gemstone Chronicles Book Three: The Emerald, while my wonderful editor works on The Gemstone Chronicles Book Two: The Amethyst.


Now if I can just figure out this whole marketing thing figured out, it would be fantastic!! It’s such a mystery and, since I’m working on a small budget, much more challenging. I’ll take any hints, suggestions, hacks, or other marketing ideas you want to share. I won’t keep them secret (unless you want me to), as I think all of us Indie authors are in this thing together! In addition, I’ll explore online sites to see what I can glean from them and pass along anything I find worthwhile. I’ve learned a lot in one week, but there is so much more to discover.

You can also connect with me on social media. I’m on Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads, as well as Facebook as mentioned above. I’m thinking of joining Google+ and Pinterest, too, so look for there in the future. I look forward to meeting new friends!!


Update on The Gemstone Chronicles Book Two: The Amethyst

I have some exciting news! I wanted to provide an update on The Gemstone Chronicles Book Two: The Amethyst! The manuscript for The Gemstone Chronicles Book Two: The Amethyst is now in the hands of my editor Abby! She will no doubt be frustrated by my inability to get basic punctuation down, my occasional poor spelling, and my legendary and epic typos, but she will persevere. She made it through Book One: The Carnelian, and I picked up a few hints on how she edits from all the corrections required on The Carnelian, so I’m confident she will have similar magical results with Book Two: The Amethyst!


update The Gemstone Chronicles The Amethyst Cover

Look for Book Two: The Amethyst release toward the end of this year. I am targeting December, and hope to have it completed in time for Christmas. Meanwhile, I will be working on revisions to Book Three: The Emerald, so stay tuned!! That’s the update for now, but I’ll be back with others!

Please consider leaving a review for my books as you read them. Not only do I like to hear what you thought of the books, but it helps me become a better writer!

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On the third day…

OK, this is the third day of this blog, I am going to stop with the day after day thing after today. Even though this is the third installment, I don’t want to overwhelm readers with blog posts everyday. First, today I wanted to thank those who have purchased my book. I hope you enjoy it and will come back and tell us what you liked (or didn’t like) or broadcast it to the world on Amazon.com or Smashwords.  Secondly, I want to thank everyone for visiting my little site here. I hope you come back often and leave comments. Lastly, here’s an update my author link to Amazon, which is: https://www.amazon.com/author/williamlstuart.


I also wanted everyone to know that I am hard at work on the rest of the series and will be sending the second book, The Amethyst, to my amazing editor Abby. She will transform the raw manuscript into a polished book. I hope reading (and reviewing) The Carnelian will encourage you to read and review the rest of The Gemstone Chronicles series! And remember, the reviews don’t have to be long or detailed. Just a few words about what you liked or didn’t like is greatly appreciated! Not only does it tell me what reader’s think, but also gives me valuable feedback to improve my writing skills! Thanks in advance!

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On the second day…. the adventure continues!

On the second day on my fledgling career as an author, I sold my first book!!! I don’t know who the buyer was (unfortunately) so I can’t send them a big thank you, but if you bought it and happen to read my blog, thank you!!! And, if you happen to think of it, please consider leaving a review. I would love to know what you think of the book, and I hope it leads you to read (and review) the rest of The Gemstone Chronicles series!

Second day Carnelian cover

I am working on my Amazon.com author page and will post that link when it is available. Until then, just visit http://www.amazon.com and find The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian or go to http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ugak9s911. You can order the book there. For those who read on their iPad or Nook, you can also get the book for those platforms on iTunes or at Barnesandnoble.com!

So my second day was exciting! I will be posting updates as things progress in the series, so stayed tuned!! Never fear, the blog will be more than just my books. I’ll include reviews for books I read, and posts about things that interest me. Maybe you’ll find something new to read or a new hobby!

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In the beginning…..

In the beginning of this literary journey, I had no idea where it would lead. But, with the unfailing encouragement of my lovely wife, the inspiration provided by my grandchildren, and the help of my brother John, I made it to this point. What point, you ask? The e-publication of my first novel, The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian!


In the beginning



This is an exciting event for me. I have been working on the book series for about a year. My awesome editor Abby worked her magic on the manuscript to turn my idea into the product you see today. The story is set in the north Georgia Mountains and the magical world of Celahir. The book chronicles the adventures of Aidan and Maggie, and their grandparents, Nana and Beebop! Filled with elves, magic, and a quest to recover the gemstones stolen from the Elven Bow, it will entertain readers of all ages!

If you want to purchase a copy today, I invite you to visit Smashwords at www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ugak9s911. Tomorrow (August 13) The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian will also be available on www.amazon.com. Visit here often to leave me your thoughts and comments on the novel and for news on the release of Book Two: The Amethyst.

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