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#76

Lefty
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07 May 2018 01:26 am

Nice one there mate thumbsup Did you manage to get up to Weld river?

#77

Dihusky
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07 May 2018 03:36 pm

Love the stone Lefty, it really dances. Thanks for putting the cutting design link up, filed away for a future project.

#78

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07 May 2018 06:32 pm

Nah I didn't mate it would of been to far to drive because of how late we left so we went down south to a place called Fortescue Bay

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Lefty
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07 May 2018 08:03 pm

Dihusky wrote:

Love the stone Lefty, it really dances. Thanks for putting the cutting design link up, filed away for a future project.

Cheers Dihusky. Yep, she really dances when you see it moving. Nice looking design, the pavilion can be a little frustrating to cut though. Could have been just me though. Definitely worth cutting in topaz and I'd like to see it in a higher ri stone.

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Lefty
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07 May 2018 08:06 pm

Always diggin wrote:

Nah I didn't mate it would of been to far to drive because of how late we left so we went down south to a place called Fortescue Bay

How did you go there?

Did you convince the pilot to make a brief landing in Bass straight so you could grab some of those Kilicrankie diamonds? big_smile

#81

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07 May 2018 08:27 pm

Lefty wrote:
Dihusky wrote:

Love the stone Lefty, it really dances. Thanks for putting the cutting design link up, filed away for a future project.

Cheers Dihusky. Yep, she really dances when you see it moving. Nice looking design, the pavilion can be a little frustrating to cut though. Could have been just me though. Definitely worth cutting in topaz and I'd like to see it in a higher ri stone.

Got some Nano on its way, Charcoal and a Bi-colour, yes I know it's a synthetic, but with a RI of 1.65-1.7 ideal for this, also give me a chance to cut in the 15-20ct range, so would love to try this design on a piece to see what it can produce.

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Always diggin
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07 May 2018 08:34 pm

Haha nah I didn't I was looking down at it though I get back tomorrow at about 4.00 it's pissing down and it's windy and cold down here at the moment

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07 May 2018 09:33 pm

Dihusky wrote:
Lefty wrote:
Dihusky wrote:

Love the stone Lefty, it really dances. Thanks for putting the cutting design link up, filed away for a future project.

Cheers Dihusky. Yep, she really dances when you see it moving. Nice looking design, the pavilion can be a little frustrating to cut though. Could have been just me though. Definitely worth cutting in topaz and I'd like to see it in a higher ri stone.

Got some Nano on its way, Charcoal and a Bi-colour, yes I know it's a synthetic, but with a RI of 1.65-1.7 ideal for this, also give me a chance to cut in the 15-20ct range, so would love to try this design on a piece to see what it can produce.

Sounds ideal. Actually, I reckon the bi-colour might create a pretty cool effect!

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07 May 2018 09:34 pm

Always diggin wrote:

Haha nah I didn't I was looking down at it though I get back tomorrow at about 4.00 it's pissing down and it's windy and cold down here at the moment

Would you believe it's much the same here at the moment?

#85

Lefty
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10 May 2018 05:55 am

A little Pharaoh's eye sapphire from Rubyvale in a round brilliant, 0.7 carat. Interesting things, the core of the sapphire crystal is one colour (usually yellow) while the surrounding stone is a different colour, in this case a deep blue.

The rough stone was well-shaped to allow me to place the "eye" exactly in the culet and the effect is that of a bright silver star (it's actually light yellow but looks silver) floating right in the middle of the stone. Because it's at the junction of the 8 main facets, the star not only looks like a real star in a night sky, it actually "twinkles" as the stone is moved and rotated. Stone is very deep blue but does show flashes of colour as it moves in addition to the star which is the standout feature.

Stone is offered in the for sale section of the forum.

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A nice little light yellow-green sapphire from Rubyvale (as most of my sapps are), again in a round brilliant, 0.9 carat.

Stone is offered in the for sale section of the forum.

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A light orange-honey coloured zircon from Reward in a modified Princess cut, 2.5 carat. Approx 8mm square.

Stone is offered in the for sale section of the forum.

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10 May 2018 01:13 pm

Great stones mate they look excellent thumbsup

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Lefty
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10 May 2018 03:25 pm

Cheers mate. That Pharaoh's eye is quite an unusual stone when you see it moving. It was the end off a bigger stone (in dad's possession now) that unfortunately didn;t show the same effect.

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#88

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10 May 2018 03:49 pm

That's pretty cool mate dose it show right across the stone or just in the center

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Lefty
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10 May 2018 04:01 pm

It's like a twinkling silver star right in the centre of the table.

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#90

Lefty
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17 May 2018 02:19 pm

Ok, missus bought me a new tablet for my birthday, with abit of luck I'll learn to use camera on it well enough to take some reasonable photos. First attempt, hopefully will get better....

Lowmead smoky in "Checkmate", an interesting and unusual design that creates reflections that are a true, actual checker whichs leads to some interesting optical effects.......

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17 May 2018 03:10 pm

Looks really nice Lefty, hope we get a chance to have a dig with you and Rockhound at Lowmead this winter.


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#92

Lefty
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17 May 2018 03:14 pm

Cheers mate, yep the weather is finally getting a bit more friendly for swinging picks and shovels - no chance of heat stroke for a while now smile Hopefully we'll all catch up over the next few months.

That smoky is one of those the Rockhound and I found in that pipe. I'd like to be able to take a video and post it, it's the most unusual effect when you see it moving, a lot like a computer screen covered in pixels flashing on and off.

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#93

Gemhunter
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17 May 2018 03:18 pm

That's a really nice looking stone mate it's certainly an unusual design but it definitely looks great I'm sure it would look fantastic in person thumbsup

#94

Lefty
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17 May 2018 03:24 pm

It's definately something different to the normal designs. Actually, I reckon it might look good as a matched pair of earring stones thumbsup

#95

Gemhunter
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17 May 2018 06:14 pm

They would definitely look great as an earring pair they'll stand out really well

#96

Pat Hogen
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18 May 2018 06:17 pm

Excuse me, where is Lowmead please?


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7.62marksman
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18 May 2018 07:24 pm

here i think i could be wrong
Lowmead is situated in Miriam Vale, Queensland, its geographical coordinates are 24° 31' 0" South, 151° 45' 0" East


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#98

Lefty
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18 May 2018 07:36 pm

Pat Hogen wrote:

Excuse me, where is Lowmead please?

Gday Pat.

Lowmead is a tiny locality in central QLD, not far off the Bruce Highway (the main highway going up the coast from Brisbane to Cairns) about 30km from the town of Miriam Vale (which is on the highway) and not too far from the tourist spots of Agnes water/ Seventeen Seventy.

It has a nice little pub, a school, about a dozen houses but not much else. The original amethyst diggings are on Clarke's road, only about 5km from the township.

While word from local property owners confirms that quartz crystals - including amethyst and smoky crystals - occur all over the Lowmead area, only the spot on Clarke's road is open to the public.

Clarke's road has been very heavily dug over but pockets of crystals still remain. Some very nice amethyst crystals have come from there.

Some smokeys found at Clarkes road by myself and others (scroll down the whole page)

A very nice amethyst crystal found by Rockhound at Clarkes road

I faceted it for him, it's a superb stone, just trying to find the piccy.

I can give you some directions if you like Pat?

#99

Lefty
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18 May 2018 07:45 pm

Here's the stone I cut for Rockhound from that Clarkes road crystal

It came out superb!

So yes, there are still a few good crystals to be found at Clarkes road, Lowmead.

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silver
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18 May 2018 09:12 pm

Lowmead is a fairytale..... lol
born of mist and lost ways n a bloke lookin for sand to take home in the ute. yikes


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


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