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 Post subject: My first stone
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:05 pm 
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I'm happy to show my first attempt at stone faceting!

With lots of wonderful assistance from Steve (1bwana1), I ended up with this 12mm round brilliant Amethyst. Now I just have to figure out where to come up with the funds for a machine and lots of rough, I'm hooked :)

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 Post subject: Re: My first stone
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:25 pm 
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Looks great Paul, you should be proud.

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 Post subject: Re: My first stone
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:22 pm 
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i have taught hundreds of people to cut stones . I will say that helping Paul cut his first stone was a pure pleasure.

Paul is an excellent Gemologists with years of experience. He already knows stones, and what he likes about stone cuts and proportions. Another thing is that one of Paul's passions is fine wood working. He makes some incredible things. This experience gives him the vision to see things in 3D, and the ability to run the machine with precision. I don't often run into new facetors with such high skill levels. Never once in the cutting process has to go back a fix mistakes, or take out scratches he had missed. He gets it right the first time.

We chose to cut a stacked main RBC for his first stone (Rwanda Amethyst). I recommend this as a first cut because so many shapes and patterns are just distortions of this base pattern. We did not use any diagrams for cutting. With very minimal coaching Paul was able to design the proportions of the stone, and shape the facets to his taste. He instantly understood the symmetry of the index wheel, and how the difference in angle between tiers of facets. He explicitly made choices of pavilion angles, length of pavilion breaks, crown star lengths, and table size to maximize tilt angle for the stone. This may be a RBC, but it Paul's take on this cut.

Great job Paul, it was a pleasure. More to come soon!

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 Post subject: Re: My first stone
PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:18 am 
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Great Job and you have had a good tutor!


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 Post subject: Re: My first stone
PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:49 am 
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Very beautiful stone and with a bit of help from a good teacher,really shows
the results that can be achieved,with a good will and the right guidance.
well done to both of you. =D>

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 Post subject: Re: My first stone
PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:30 am 
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Paul,

it looks beautiful. Congratulations and dop up the next one an keep going. You have a great teacher and you're one heck of a student :)

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