Treasure Map to the Temple. Ashlar Perfect.

Jeffrey Appling GJG (GIA) Ashlar = Stone Ashlar is a term used in masonry which basically means a rough stone for building. Ashlar Rough, Ashlar Clean, and Ashlar Perfect. What is behind the meaning of Freemasonry symbolism? I don’t know. I do know some common sense. (Below left) Masonic drawing of a rough preformed rock … More Treasure Map to the Temple. Ashlar Perfect.

Cutting Capistrano: Making the CNC keystone cut.

Jeffrey Appling GJG (GIA) I was recently collecting Nephrite Jade and Snowflake Obsidian along a gem filled strata in San Simeon, CA. Digging or collecting anywhere in Nature is one of my meditations. Below is Nephite, Jade from San Simeon California. From this Nephrite, Jade boulder I can make simple sculptures using a diamond saw … More Cutting Capistrano: Making the CNC keystone cut.

The Curse of Capistrano. Passing the fourth grade.

By Jeffrey Appling GJG (GIA) Thousands of children visiting the San Juan Capistrano Mission are taught the mission was constructed solely using adobe brick, red brick, and sandstone. However, this is not the truth. We must go back to the 3rd grade for keen observation of the truth. The following is a test I learned … More The Curse of Capistrano. Passing the fourth grade.

Pillars of Reality

The 4th dimension. The inspirational story for my art was while listening to Matias De Stefano on the Gaia website (initiation series). As a jewelry designer its a fantastic ride and a worthy muse in remembrance. Jeffrey Appling GJG (GIA) Outside the 3rd dimension of matter, we see and understand nothing. However, in the 4th … More Pillars of Reality

Sound Technology of our Ancient Ancestors Enables Internal Geometrics in Stone.

by Jeffrey Appling GJG (GIA) Today we shape rock and gemstones using abrasive scraping techniques.  Scraping and grinding are the same process of material removal. Hard material scraping away softer material.  We grind material down into flat planes using a high speed rotating diamond impregnated discs or laps.  Flat lap pictured below can make flat … More Sound Technology of our Ancient Ancestors Enables Internal Geometrics in Stone.

Cambria California

Gems of Cambria. Nephrite Jade, Chalcedony, and Obsidian. Jeffrey Appling GJG (GIA) Cambria Hidden in an undisturbed area along the California coast is a semi-precious and precious shoreline gem collection. The 45-foot radius along the shoreline is one giant gemstone tumbling machine. As the ocean crashes against the shoreline, new polished gems are revealed daily. … More Cambria California