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#26

Lefty
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20 March 2018 03:10 am

Cheers Ray smile

I have a bit more of the same material left, I'm mulling over what design I'll do next. Got a few sapps to finish for someone first.

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26 March 2018 10:56 am

Stunning stuff lefty!

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26 March 2018 11:20 am

They're all really nice! I'm currently learning to facet and at the moment I am in the middle of taking some shots of someone's gems...had to take a break..it's kinda going but isn't really going the 'way I want' lol cry <<insert hair pulling emoticon>> big_smile

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26 March 2018 11:39 am

Cheers guys! thumbsup

Hope to have a couple more photos to put up this evening.

I'm currently learning to facet and at the moment I am in the middle of taking some shots of someone's gems...had to take a break..it's kinda going but isn't really going the 'way I want' lol cry <<insert hair pulling emoticon>> big_smile

Facteing certainly has it's share of frustrations, particularly during the early learning phase - lots of swearing involved smile I still get frustrated trying to take decent photos of them, faceted stones can be camera-shy! (for me at least)

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26 March 2018 12:03 pm

Lefty wrote:

Cheers guys! thumbsup

Hope to have a couple more photos to put up this evening.

I'm currently learning to facet and at the moment I am in the middle of taking some shots of someone's gems...had to take a break..it's kinda going but isn't really going the 'way I want' lol cry <<insert hair pulling emoticon>> big_smile

Facteing certainly has it's share of frustrations, particularly during the early learning phase - lots of swearing involved smile I still get frustrated trying to take decent photos of them, faceted stones can be camera-shy! (for me at least)

I believe "camera-shy" is the understatement of the year lol.

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26 March 2018 03:29 pm

I love the cut on the fallen star never seen anything like that you've got some talent lefty beautiful?


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#32

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26 March 2018 03:40 pm

Cheers vstrom thumbsup

Yes, it's a really nice design that one. And the amount of brightness it throws is pretty amazing!

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01 April 2018 12:37 pm

Stunning!! yikes

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01 April 2018 06:09 pm

Cheers Robo thumbsup

Photographing them can be a challenge! I've cut a few deep-coloured sapphires this week but while the eye can easily see many flashes of blue/green, the camera just sees a black stone sad So I haven't posted the photographs.

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04 April 2018 10:01 pm

Continuing with the theme of me struggling to take a photo that remotely does the stone justice hmm - nonetheless, here is a 4.7 carat Mount Surprise topaz in Voltolini's "Lucciola".

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How can anybody not love topaz? It's one of my favourite stones - so brilliant and lively! Nice and hard as well so perfectly suited to setting in jewellery. So reflective that it picks up images of everything around it - the orange splash in the bottom of it is Mrs Lefty's Lion King themed pyjamas, if you look real close you can just about make out Simba and Nala in the refelection big_smile Have a video as well that shows how lively it is but not sure how to upload it.

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04 April 2018 10:12 pm

Looks pretty darn good from here, is that one you found last trip up north?


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04 April 2018 10:16 pm

tongue Will this little slice of reflective clarity be on the sale board too Lefty ?


What a great day ! ,... " I'll see you in the field ".

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04 April 2018 10:27 pm

ktmman wrote:

Looks pretty darn good from here, is that one you found last trip up north?

Cheers ktmman - no, it's not mine unfortunately, I just cut it for the owner. It does come from up that way though. I've got a couple more to do for him, he's got another nice colourless one that might finish up to twice the size of this one and also a really nice natural blue. The blue has a few issues and I might have to make two smaller stones out of it but they will be really nice stones I reckon. That natural, pale ice-blue really does it for me smile

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04 April 2018 10:29 pm

silver wrote:

tongue Will this little slice of reflective clarity be on the sale board too Lefty ?

Cheers Silver - sorry mate, no. This one belongs to somebody.

But I will have some more stones coming up on the for sale board soon thumbsup

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#40

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10 April 2018 08:01 pm

London blue topaz in Akhavan's "Fallen Star" (modified) - 3.1 carat.

This demonstrates (if you could see a clear picture of the amethyst in the same design) how gemstones of different refractive indexes behave differently when cut in the same design. In the amethyst, the star was not particularly visible while in the topaz it is clearly visible. I still think the design works well for amethyst but the star is not as visible. Perhaps in a deeper shade..........

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Brazillian amethyst (a bit blurry) in Akhavan's "Eye of Horus" - 5.3 carat.

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Both of these stones are destined for my fathers extensive collection.

Rubyvale green sapphire in a round brilliant - 1.45 carat.

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There is nothing dark about the stone at all, it is a light, bright green. The brown smudge in both photos is not really there, it seems to be a reflection from something.

This stone was intended to be placed in the for sale section. However, it sold before I had the chance to transfer the photos to this forum.

More are on their way before too long thumbsup

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10 April 2018 08:45 pm

Star could not be seen in the amethist even if a lighter colour because the refractive index for both will be different within the stone.... not that I would know Lefty.... they all still look great mate..... but.... if you study your RI's and make mathematical adjustments on your grind plans I'm sure you of all people (as well as a few others) would be able to achieve the impossible and create a new vision of possibilities beyond popular consensus within the full spectrum of gemstones ya currently playing with.... ie:- gemstones + RI knowledge × angular mathematical equations = new pretty stones. Now if you keep your maths to yourself and were able to patent your designs would they then be worth money somehow in the right hands ? thumbsup


What a great day ! ,... " I'll see you in the field ".

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10 April 2018 09:36 pm

The Fallen Star design is actually intended for Quartz (refractive index 1.540) but works for materials pretty much right along the r.i spectrum, from feldspar up to CZ (I haven't actually tried either of those).

What I meant was that it is a very bright design and when it is cut in light coloured Quartz, the reflection is so bright that it actually tends to override the colour with the sheer amount of white brilliance and the stone has to be veiwed in relatively low light before you see much colour. Hence my desire to try it in deeper coloured amethyst.

I actually have a good feeling about how it would likely perform with the really deep purple - you guys will be among the first to see it when I do smile

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#43

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10 April 2018 11:04 pm

Great work Lefty. Love the topaz! You've been knocking stones out lately. Well done! big_smile

#44

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10 April 2018 11:21 pm

Cheers SC! thumbsup smile

Yep, I was really happy with how it worked in topaz. I'm wondering how it would look in sapphire or zircon.

Been faceting so much lately I'm seeing gems in my sleep big_smile But it's a very satisfying undertaking.

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10 April 2018 11:21 pm

that blue is a special colour


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#46

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10 April 2018 11:27 pm

Cheers Gilly thumbsup

Yes, it's a very nice shade of blue. I'm not sure how close to that shade you're likely to find while fossicking (London blue topaz are natural topaz stones but they have undergone colour-enhancing treatment) but I've seen photos of very attractive light sky blue stones from far north QLD.

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11 April 2018 07:19 am

There is some really rich stuff that comes out of Mt. Surprise but they are getting fewer and far between. Most of the blues (if your lucky enough to find one) range from very light to sky blue. Used to be blues by the bucket load but now all the easy stuff is gone. Unless you know a few tricks wink wink

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11 April 2018 07:54 am

Shame I've never made it to O'Briens creek for a good digging session (I have been there once but it was only a quick look and I never had the chance to dig). Mount Gibson is closer to the in-laws place so that's where I've always gone. Most of what I've found there has been colourless, a few very pale ice blues (a couple were quite nice) but a bloke I met there who told me he digs there regularly showed me some large, light brown crystals he said came from the "Patricia" section. The colour was something like that of smoky quartz but the shape of the topaz crystal was unmistakable.

I found a reasonable number of small, very pale gold crystals there - I'd like to think that deeper gold ones exist in the area somewhere smile

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11 April 2018 10:59 am

Morning Gents

My sister has possession of the Lowmead Amethyst from you Lefty, Many thanks for that.

Robyn and myself are in Cowra nsw on our way to Hill End for 4 days, to meet up with a few members from this forum.

Mostly gold hunters, but i will survive, I am sure there will be plenty to chat about around a fire or 2. I have been off the wagon for a while now as the grog conflicts with one of my meds, so I will just tag along.

We have Anakie firmly fixed in our sights ATM and will be heading there After a stop in Sydney, probably get there around mid July.

A friend of ours in Townsville tells me that he knows of a cupla spot near Forsayth in FNQ, hope to get there as well.

Just discussing our summer stopover yesterday, looks like its going to be Paddys River in the Snowy Mountains again

ray


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11 April 2018 11:41 am

Cheers Gilly. It was a pleasure to facet it, it's always exciting when a stone comes off the final dop and you give it a good wipe with metho and see it sparkle for the first time smile

Sounds like you're having a good time on the road. Forsayth is only about 50km from the famed Agate creek I think, another place on my bucket list.


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