Hi Beth from North Carolina! My name is Mike ?? I am a retired art director and graphic designer. I've worked in Chicago for a few years. Now I am doing my own fine art. I have a BFA in Visual Communications from Kendall College of Art and Design/Ferris State University, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Nice ring! Many, many years ago, I lived with a guy who cut stones and made jewelry. He taught me to cut stones. Stuff like quartz, not gem stones. I mounted one in a ring but didn't get into the jewelry making before the relationship ended. I can say (somewhat proudly) that lapidary was ONE craft/skill that when I learned it, I didn't run out and buy all the equipment needed to do it. Do sometimes wish I could access equipment but given all the art/craft/hobby supplies I own and don't use now, glad I passed on one.
OK, full disclosure, it is the ONLY one I can remember not getting equipped for.