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Rock Tumbling/Polishing??

I recently went to NC and found several gemstones such as rubies, sapphires, garnets, and emeralds. I am now trying to decide what to do with them. I don't think any of them are too valuable, but I did have a few ppl in rock shops tell me that some of them were of facet quality. I am considering buying a rock tumber to polish some of them so that I can bring out the true beauty. Is rock tumbling recommended or can it harm the stones if some of them are in fact somewhat valuable? Does it waste much of the stone? If I tumble a stone, can I later decide to have it cut or would it be to late? I would appreciate anyone's advice/input. Thanks so much.

From Amanda Tinder - December 10, 2007 at 15:30:08
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