Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use my own photo on a Photogem?


I do make custom Photogems using customer photos. However, not all photos will work. It's easiest to just e-mail me a few photos so I can tell you if I think they will work. There is no cost for this evaluation. (bilesck@gmail.com) If your photo will work, I'll choose a stone for it which will determine appropriate frame size to use. Most custom Photogems are a frame size of 8x8 or 8x10 and the cost averages from $100 to $125 plus shipping. It takes about 2 months to finish a Photogem, depending on my workload. Click on "Customer Photo" in the main menu to see samples.




I'd like a gemstone using my photo for Christmas.


NOW IS THE TIME TO SEND ME A FEW PHOTOS IF YOU'D LIKE IT FOR CHRISTMAS! It takes about 1-2 months to finish a Photogem in non-holiday times, but Christmas is an especially busy time for me.




You don't have any Photogems of horses left on your website.  When will you have more?


I create the Photogems in editions of about 20-25 at a time, 4 or 5 times a year, each edition taking about 2-3 months. If you want a subject that I frequently use I will most likely have more planned in the next edition, i.e. I always include giraffes and elephants and horses in every edition. If you let me know the subject you'd like and you're not in a hurry I will make several in the next edition and give you first choice of purchase before I add it to my website or art show or gallery.




Why the name "Frame 36 Photography"?


When I first began photography, using film, invariably frame number 36 on the roll of the film was my best photo.