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 Post subject: Chrysoberyl pictures wanted
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:02 am 
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I just bought my first faceting machine and I'm getting some rough to start practicing on, I wanted something that I liked but was still affordable and I came across parcels of chrysoberyl that were multi-colored (mostly golden but green, orange/brown, blue and red) anyway I can only find a few pictures of red or blue colored chrysoberyl that isn't an alexandrite. I was wondering what they look like when cut? Any pictures would be great, but if anyone has actual experience with them I would like to know how they turned out. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Chrysoberyl pictures wanted
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:29 pm 
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Can you post a picture of your parcel?


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Chrysoberyl doesn't come in a nonchanging blue or red. Chrysoberyl rough is often found in mixed gem gravels, so depending who you buy from it is easy for other stones to get mixed in (or rather to not get sorted out).

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That's exactly what I was thinking, Stephen!
Rubies and sapphires are often found in the same alluvial gravels.


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Ok, that makes sense then. I guess I'll have a few mystery stones.


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Thank you.
The red and blue is not chrysoberyl.
Could be corundum, or less likely spinel.


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I am absolutely sure those are not all Chrysoberyl. It looks a lot like mixed gem gravel from Southern Tanzania, Madagascar, or Sri Lanka.


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Thank you guys, it'll be a couple weeks before they arrive but I'll post what they are when I get them.


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Cross your fingers for that stray taafeite :lol:

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That'd be cool!


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Well I got the stones, sat down to try and identify some of them and lol that turned out to be a huge waste of time. I couldn't get a good reading off anything from the refractometer. I guess I will have to facet them first and then try again.


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This is a perfect use for a Raman - you can go through those stones really quickly.


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Yeah, I wish I had that kind of money. I'll have to slum it with the refractometer for now though.


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Stephen bought a bunch of gravel like that and ran through it on the way home (in the back seat) with our Raman. That is when he found the odd spinel he reported a while back.


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If you have difficulty with any of them I'd be happy to scan them for you.

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