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 Post subject: Is it worth to re-cut this Reddish Purple Sapphire?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:32 am 
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Is it worth to re-cut this Reddish Purple Sapphire? I got it from an old ring.

Its unheated
Weight 4.77 carats
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11.80 x 8.45 x 5.73 mm
Shape Oval
Cutting Style: Crown Brilliant Cut
Cutting Style: Pavilion Step Cut

The sapphire seems kind of dull. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Rachel


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 Post subject: Re: Is it worth to re-cut this Reddish Purple Sapphire?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:47 am 
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Yeah, it looks windowed. I'm not sure what the yield would be but it would definitely improve the appearance quite a bit to have it cut properly.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:28 pm 
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I agree with Steven. You'll lose face-up size and some weight but it'll look so much better once it's properly cut.


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 Post subject: Re: Is it worth to re-cut this Reddish Purple Sapphire?
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Good question,but what is it worth if you dont like it as it is?? I just recut an untreated Srilankan Sapphire that was cut in the old "facetted window"-style,nice light to medium colour but no brillance at all.Was 4.07 carat,now 2,08 carat but very brillant ! Speaking of worth/value ,Sure the carat price has just doubled now (plus cutting) but who would like a lifeless Stone just because it is big caratwise? So if you dont like it now and there is no sentiments connected with the Stone making you want to keep it as it is, i would suggest to go on recutting.just my 2cents.
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Thank you guys. I will do just that.


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 Post subject: Re: Is it worth to re-cut this Reddish Purple Sapphire?
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Your stone has a depth 67% of width so it should be close to closing window wise. I think a good repolish and minimum recutting of the pavilion will improve the stone substsntially without losing too much face size or weight.


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 Post subject: Re: Is it worth to re-cut this Reddish Purple Sapphire?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:17 pm 
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You need a lot of depth to get a brilliant stone with a step-cut pavilion. I would recommend a brilliant-type cut, either culet Barion or a keel-style Barion concept. I love the keel-style Barion for saving weight of something really thick on the pavilion.
http://imgur.com/0ThgvtD

You can adjust the ends to make the keel longer or shorter depending on the stone. A longer keel tends to look better in my opinion, but you can't always make one.

http://imgur.com/1LZen3f

Whatever you decide definitely cut the window out! Really cool color.


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