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Letters from satisfied customers

Bill Atwell, President
North York Faceting Guild
188 Ramona Boulevard
Markham, Ontario


Dear Bill,

I have recently become acquainted with a polishing agent called "Mirror Blend" sold by Prospector’s Pouch in Kennesaw, Georgia. Even though I have been using it for only a short time, my results have been impressive, and I want you to have a sample so that you can check it out also. Enclosed is one tablespoon of the powder which will mix with 8 ounces of water as per instructions. Also enclosed are Xerox copies of the instructions and the advertisement from "The Lapidary Journal". You will probably recall that this is C.R. Smith’s company which sells the Mirror Facet Kit.

My good friend, Joe Smith, in Raleigh, N.C., gave me a fine briefing on this material when I recently called him to ask if he happened to know anything about it. It turns out that he has been field-testing it for about a year. You can read some of his comments in the enclosed advertisement. He has also thinned it down even more and used it in his drip tank. When Joe delivered the 500 carats of tourmaline which he had cut on contract for a large gem dealer, the dealer commented that he had achieved the best polish that he had ever seen. He has more recently faceted a lot of sapphires and about 500 carats of Mexican fire opal with the same excellent results.

I have also noted that the material seems to rejuvenate my worn laps as well as enhancing the quality of the polish. I had another interesting experience – while making my final cut on a yellow beryl with a used 1200 "Mirror" lap, I applied the "Mirror Blend" as a lubricant and noticed that I was getting an excellent final polish! My experience to date has been with beryl, topaz, amethyst and citrine, and the resulting polish has been considerably better than anything else that I have used.


Ben Smith, F.G.A.



Dr. Jack L. Clark

February 22, 1999

Prospector's Pouch, Inc.
P.0. Box 112
Kennesaw, Georgia 30156

Dear Mr. Smith:

Okay, I admit it, I was skeptical. Your claims seemed too good to be true.

Frustrations drove me to try your system. I was spending hours trying to get an "acceptable" finish especially on large corundum and CZ emerald cuts. I was never happy with the results and reluctant to show my work to another gem cutter.

The day I received your Mirror facet kit I read all the instructions and testimonials twice - I still wasn't convinced that I hadn't wasted my money. I sat down at my machine with my latest disaster, a 1 cm. emerald cut ruby. I adjusted the stone to the mirror lap and after achieving bullseye/blackout I put on the 50,000 lap and within seconds, and I mean seconds, I had a finish I defy anyone to find fault with. To say I was elated is a understatement.

Since then I have cut handfulls of stones with hardness from 4-9, fast and easy, with brilliant results. I have even gone back and repolished previously cut stones. It's magic-I couldn't be happier.

Now what do I do with all my old laps? I couldn't sell them with a clear conscience when I know there is a system a thousand times better for half the cost.


Jack L. Clark, D.C.

P.S. The 8000 non aggresive lap is a wonder. Add a touch of "mirror blend" and it's even better,



Prospectors Pouch Inc.
2850 HWY 41 N
P.O. Box 112
Kennesaw, Ga 30156
770-427-6481 business
770-427-6481 *0 Fax
order line only 1-800-426-6481


One additional note:
I repaired a tanzanite table facet recently as it had a severe scratch. It was deep so I used the diamond film sequence 600, 1200, 14,000 and 50,000. I was not satisfied with the results as I could still see a faint haze with very faint "cat whisker" scratches in reflected light. I proceeded to 200,000. The results were better but I was still not satisfied. (200,000 is fantastic for apatites). I need to mention that I used hardly any pressure on the laps which was a little more time consuming. I went to cerium oxide/spectra but became impatient, used too much pressure or hit a dry spot and you know what happened without my saying – another deep scratch. I have always recommended skipping 50,000 on certain gems as quartz for that diamond grade may be too aggressive and create faint scratch problems. In its place, I have been using cerium oxide film for polish since all is in proper alignment at this point.

With the tanzanite repair I had to start over with the sequence at 600 grade. I used a little more pressure resulting in less lapping time. I applied some thickened "Mirror Blend" by finger to the 50,000 film where I was faceting. Result was fast with high polish.

Diamond film grades 8,000; 14,000; 50,000 are sold with either aggressive or non-agressive surfaces.  My last tanzanite repair was accomplished with non-agressive 8,000 diamond and "blend" for the easiest and best final polish ever.


C.R. Smith, F.G.A.

Prospector's Pouch
 2850 North Cobb Parkway
P.O. Box 112
Kennesaw, GA  30156