March 13 to 15: AUGUSTA, GEORGIA: Annual show; Augusta Gem and Mineral Society; Aiken Gem, Mineral and Fossil Society; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5
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 Post subject: Bologna Mineral Show 2012
PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:40 pm 
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Starting today. I'll go tomorrow. It's a relatively big one.

The hunt for a few good pieces of facet rough begins! :twisted:

My last Italian Mineral show... :(


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Well? Show and tell? :P

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Show and sell? 8)

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Show and cut? :D

OK, I'm back. The show was smaller than expected but I had a great time.
I've also met a fellow faceter from France, it's good to meet some other faceters in the real life and have a chat. And after showing him a few stones I think he'll be cutting some of my new designs soon. :)
I've also seen for the first time a few stones cut by John Dyer, that a seller had on his display.
Ah, I've been at the booth of Marco Campos Venuti and I saw some sphalerites of Egor's! I've to say that the squartuguese in sphalerite is really something. Then I asked him if he had the big one cut with the Markoh-i-noor there. So he took it out and showed it to me. It was... well... BIG. =D>

But let's talk rough. About faceting rough, I mean. :)
Very little around, often poor quality, and generally expensive. In some places very expensive. In some others outrageously expensive... But I've been able to get something to cut. More than I'll be able to cut before moving back to the Bay Area, actually.
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You see three olivines (they look good, but clarity there is a gamble), one yellow apatite (I needed one), a relatively big amber colored Mali garnet, a pretty rhodolite biggie, orange citrine ($$$, but it's a great color), prasiolite (good color, but not my favorite hue, I won't be able to find that material anymore... :( ), two aquas (one light, and the other, significantly more expensive, medium blue and perfectly clean), three "small" medium amethyst pieces, a fantastic and thick piece of blue chalcedony (3 euros 8) and it's a real beauty this one!), a huge chunk of amethyst with an awesome deep color (needs some trimming btw), a light colored amethyst (it was very cheap and easy to trim to get a big clean piece, so...), last, a piece of calcite. I've seen a piece of faceted calcite and I was impressed, so I thought why not to try? So I heavily invested (2 euros) for a big clean piece. It will cost me more in sedatives to take while cutting it... :lol:

Anyway, this morning I dopped one of those smaller pieces of amethyst and I got this 4.0 ct. beauty :mrgreen: :
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The show was smaller than I thought, but at least there wasn't those sellers with dyed beads, gem trees, and such stuff. As usual in these Italian mineral shows, there was an internal exhibition ("Minerals from Sicily") and the quality was very good. These thematic exhibitions are always well presented and feature exceptional samples. There was also "Ciro", sure one of the more important dinosaurs ever discovered. In Italy we have few, but good ones. :wink:
Anyway, if everything goes well, next time I'll try to go to the Tucson show. But who knows. Anyway I have some rough to survive for a while, also because I'll have to stop cutting for a while this summer.


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Show and cut? :D
I've also seen for the first time a few stones cut by John Dyer, that a seller had on his display.
Ah, I've been at the booth of Marco Campos Venuti and I saw some sphalerites of Egor's! I've to say that the squartuguese in sphalerite is really something. Then I asked him if he had the big one cut with the Markoh-i-noor there. So he took it out and showed it to me. It was... well... BIG. =D>


It's a small (lapidary) world! :D
I'm very glad that you've seen my stones, some of them faceted with your fantastic designs!

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:shock: That ammy was one of the smaller pieces? What's the size of the big un?
That blue caught my eye first off 8) Nice basket of goodies, good selection.

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:shock: That ammy was one of the smaller pieces? What's the size of the big un?


Marco is talking about this one: http://gem-sphalerite.com/more-than-50- ... e-gemstone
351 ct, it's the largest one i've ever seen and cut.

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:shock: That ammy was one of the smaller pieces? What's the size of the big un?
That blue caught my eye first off 8) Nice basket of goodies, good selection.


Yes, it's one of the small ones (the rightmost one, I guess). The big chunk with a very good color is ~ 35 grams. :) A portion of it looks perfectly clean, while there are 3 veils running across the rest of the stone. So it will be either getting one relatively big clean stone + one huge one with these veils, or one relatively big clean stone + many smaller clean ones. I'm for solution #1, with a spectacular huge stone featuring an elaborated crown to help hiding the flaws. The color is dark enough to help quite a bit; so I'm seriously thinking about a markoh-i-noor in amethyst... :D

Anyway the prize for the most pleasant+unexpected find goes to the blue chalcedony. 3 euros for a piece with a lot of potential: ~1 cm of usable thickness with a translucent blue color! 8) Not a rare or expensive stone, but a lot of potential beauty.

Anyway I found some nice stuff to cut. Some pieces weren't properly cheap, but high quality very often means high prices (and when it isn't, there must be a reason), as you teach me. :)


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Egor that's a doozy =D> the one that plays a trick on my eyes is the Bright Angel, the girdle looks concave but it's not. :?

Wow, 35 grams, think the biggest I've seen is about 10 grams. Tassie's a small place :wink:

Definitely waiting to see what inspires you with the blue, definite score.

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