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 Post subject: Re: Garnets Anonymous
PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:20 pm 
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i'm not a particular fan of ccg but, wow, that one has me lusting for it!

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That's a biggie ginge. :P
I don't have anything colour change let alone shift so I have a LOT of buying to do for the rest of my life. hehehe :mrgreen:

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GINGERKID geezzz!!! i love that garnet its so big one of my dream gems is a large LARGE garnet Of all the gems i owne a big garnet is not one of them i just havnt come across one in my price at the time iv looked . If you ever want to trade lol let me know :D

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Just cut my first rhodolite, this is in 'Off the Dop' also, but it really cemented my affection for cutting garnet so I'd thought I'd add it here too. I usually don't like dark stones, but with the high refractive index even saturated garnets can be really killer with the right design. 4.93ct, Jeff Graham's 'Vampire'.

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Very nice!!!!!


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YOWSER, gorgeous stone bob :P =D>

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Splendid stone , Bob !

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gingerkid your "spesszilla" is awesome indeed! Beware of 'Mothra'. :D

bobsiv great cut and photo!! So nice and clean. :smt119

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i am working on my first rhodolite garnet. what do you use to polish these stones. i tried working up to 100000 dia. and still get scratches & some specks. am waiting for some aluminum oxide for darkside lap. your help is requested on this.


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Hi Richard and welcome to the forum.
peraphs you would have more replies posting your questions in the lapidary corner. :wink:
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Per Jason's request, here is my ring. I like the ring. I had originally purchased it inexpensively because its original stone, a tanzanite was chipped. The chip was on the girdle and most folks just casually looking at the ring wouldn't even notice it. I did find out quickly how it probably got chipped because one of the prongs caught on my shirt and easily pulled away so the stone dropped out. I had it retipped and the jeweler had one of the prongs very close to the chip so it was even harder to notice. Later since I already had another tanzanite ring, I decided I would have a cc garnet I had put in it. I tend to be hasty sometimes, so mismeasured the stone's size as 7x5. The jeweler mentioned he thought it might be a bit small but still could be done. You can see the stone looks a little small for the setting. I of course then realized the tanzanite was closer to 7.5 by 5.5.
The cc garnet is pretty dark so when I saw the malaya color shift garnet Jason posted which was closer to 7.5 x5.5 I went back to the jeweler and had it put in instead. I find it hard to distinguish the color change by just changing the lighting, but at work at a certain time of the day, the sun comes in just right and the flourescent lighting produce a half and half effect so I can see both colors at the same time and then easily see the difference.
Sorry about all the lint (and a cat hair), I didn't notice it when I took the photo, but noticed it tonight when I FINALLY got around to pulling the photos off my camera and cropping them.
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 Post subject: Re: Garnets Anonymous
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Sweet! Thanks for posting that Cat!

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bobsiv wrote:
Just cut my first rhodolite, this is in 'Off the Dop' also, but it really cemented my affection for cutting garnet so I'd thought I'd add it here too. I usually don't like dark stones, but with the high refractive index even saturated garnets can be really killer with the right design. 4.93ct, Jeff Graham's 'Vampire'.



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I just purchased a lovely grossular "Merelani mint" garnet from Tanzania. Over 22 carats.
I'm still not sure if I should cut it or not...

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I would not hesitate. Absolutely lovely color. I'm envious.

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