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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:50 pm 
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What kind of setting do you envision for this gem?

For some reason, when it look at it, I imagine it set in a sort of peacock design to put the cut and color to good advantage! :D



Good idea Tygurrr-I!

I'd been thinking of something with an Egyptian theme (hard not to when the design is called "Cleopatra's eye :) ) but a peacock would suit it as well.


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1.2 carat sapphire cut in Jeff Graham's Aztec Eye (good pattern). Some needle inclusions. Rough purchased from africangemstones.us/


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That is really great!


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There is some serious violet dispersion going on in that sapphire, I can definitely see why people like the lighter cornflower blue material.


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Very nice Befus :) Must look that design up.


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Testing to get some idea of how this would look in amethyst - Marco Voltolini's "Nymphea" in mauve cristinite.

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Now I just have to manage to find some actually worth faceting.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:28 am 
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Lefty wrote:
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What kind of setting do you envision for this gem?

For some reason, when it look at it, I imagine it set in a sort of peacock design to put the cut and color to good advantage! :D



Good idea Tygurrr-I!

I'd been thinking of something with an Egyptian theme (hard not to when the design is called "Cleopatra's eye :) ) but a peacock would suit it as well.


Come to think of it, at 11 mm it's too large for the peacock design I have designed in my mind, lol. Unless, of course, you could find a very flamboyant customer, which is not unheard of. I once cut a twenty or so carat ametrine in a cushion barion for a male hairdresser in NYC ...to wear as a pinky ring!
However, you could even certainly design an 'object d'art' with that stone as part of a peacock feather


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Great stone Befus!

Lefty- It's hard to go wrong with one of Marco's designs. Your faceting is on point!

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Hi Guys!,

It has been ages since I have been on and everyone is cutting so many awesome gems! Lefty, that Christinite is amazing and Gene's Afghan Tourmaline 3.5ct concave cut is just stunning. I might as well share a stone which I recently finished. It is a lovely golden yellow sapphire from Willows in Central Queensland. Weighs in at 4.11ct.

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Just finished this one up yesterday, a Sapphire from Umba Tanzania. 2.530 ct.
The design is a new one I came up with for this stone. 80 index. This is the 'test' cut for the design.

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Lovely stones, guys! =D> =D>

Gene, doing a test cut of a new design in sapphire ... that's what one calls confidence!!!

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Very nice yellow there Jamie! I'm cutting what looked like a very nice blue for a mate from his old lease near Reward- bright blue down the c-axis and a very pale sea-ice green through the cross. But there was a big feather of silk hiding in there I didn't see at first - gonna have to tell him it will probably need heat treatment to save it's life :(

Beautiful design there Gene! I must get myself an 80 index gear.


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Some cutting after a hiatus... I still remember how to facet, apparently. :D

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Topaz, almost colorless, with just a hint of blue-green. They look like bright pale aquas:
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Aussiejamie that is a real stunner!
Precision Gem, I'm never sure which is more impressive, your cutting or your photography. What a lovely sapphire!
Maialetto, I love those topaz in particular. It is amazing how well they can come up. Have you found much of a market for these natural lighter blues? I always hope that there's some appreciation for the untreated blues in the market but I also know I'm not a typical customer.


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Nice stones everyone! Here's one that I just finished - a 2.22 ct Burmese red spinel recut. Unfortunately I didn't think to get the "before" photo.

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