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goldinbrisbane
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24 August 2019 05:04 pm

I have 200 mixed glen innes sapphires zircons and topaz need a good cutter I live in Brisbane my family also has over 5000 stones need cutting if good1566626627_20190824_160212.jpg1566626648_20190824_160220.jpg

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24 August 2019 05:16 pm

It sounds like you need A LOT of good cutters! Best of luck finding them.

There are a few great cutters on the forum who might be interested in some work, if they're not busy with their own stones.

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goldinbrisbane
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24 August 2019 05:26 pm

Glen Innes Yarrow creek Dwyer property sapphires zircons and topaz from 1993 to 1996 stones if you know the area you know these stones are rare and wanted for there colours I need 200 stones cut if done well I got over 5000 more

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goldinbrisbane
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24 August 2019 05:37 pm

Got that many stones from over 30 years of fossiking glen innes area that large wooden chest is hard to pick up these stones where found in New England area mostly glen innes sapphires zircons and topaz from the original Dwyers property

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24 August 2019 08:01 pm

Most of the stones look small, thinking around the 1-3ct range? You're going to need a small stone specialist for this type of work, someone who can do a stone in a couple of hours or less, do you have a market for the cut stones?

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goldinbrisbane
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24 August 2019 09:50 pm

Just wanting them cut those are the half ct to 3 cut stones the 4 to 8ct stones will hold off on till I see how these turn out cut no market but I had them looked at many years ago and was told Yarrow creek New England nsw stones are worth more fror there colours looking for a good cutter

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25 August 2019 02:36 am

Just viewed a parcel of saphs from The Gemfields, cut at Lamberts and they sparkled well

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25 August 2019 10:42 am

goldinbrisbane wrote:

Just wanting them cut those are the half ct to 3 cut stones the 4 to 8ct stones will hold off on till I see how these turn out cut no market but I had them looked at many years ago and was told Yarrow creek New England nsw stones are worth more fror there colours looking for a good cutter

A 3ct will end up somewhere around 1/2-1ct once cut depending on the shape of the rough, 1/2ct is really not worth cutting as you end up with a grain, also consider what you are going to pay a top cutter, depending on who it is, one 3ct stone could cost between $50-70 to cut for a simple commercial cut, a precision cut will cost more.

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goldinbrisbane
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25 August 2019 06:06 pm

Can I trust overseas company's to cut my stones will I get my real stones back

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25 August 2019 06:28 pm

Maybe you could find someone to help grade your rough stones so that the larger more valuable stones can get cut locally by a precision cutter. The rest could then be done overseas at a cost that is more affordable per stone.
I’ve chosen to get my stones cut locally for quality cutting and because I can trust who is doing it but I’m not dealing with 5000+ stones. That will be a substantial outlay even for Thai cut stones.

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25 August 2019 06:45 pm

Does anyone in Brisbane or Ipswich or gold coast good at cutting stones so I can get a few cut to try out

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25 August 2019 06:45 pm

Martyz wrote:

Maybe you could find someone to help grade your rough stones so that the larger more valuable stones can get cut locally by a precision cutter. The rest could then be done overseas at a cost that is more affordable per stone.
I’ve chosen to get my stones cut locally for quality cutting and because I can trust who is doing it but I’m not dealing with 5000+ stones. That will be a substantial outlay even for Thai cut stones.

That's good advice, a lot of the smaller stones are really not worth getting cut locally, especially the zircons, I'd probably get any zircons over 5 or 6 carats cut locally and any good shaped very clear sapphs over 3-4ct cut locally but the rest would probably be cost prohibitive to be done here.

A nice 1ct faceted zircon is probably only worth 10-40 dollars.


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25 August 2019 07:33 pm

I do a bit of contract cutting so happy to take a look over what you have and offer some suggestions, but will have to wait until late September as I'm having a bit of time off.

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25 August 2019 07:45 pm

1566722504_20190825_182430.jpgWell I had 3 cut 15 years ago the green sapphire 1.2 ct sold for 68 dollars the yellow zircon 1.4 ct sold for 42 dollars and the blood red 2.5 ct cut stone was valued at 125 dollars before I dropped it and put a fracter straight though the middle of it so still have that one there glen innes sapphires zircons and topaz from Yarrow creek amazing colours1566722525_20190825_175230.jpg

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goldinbrisbane
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25 August 2019 07:48 pm

Yes Dihusky I'd be keen to have you cut a few stones in late September or October

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25 August 2019 08:22 pm

Goldinbrisbane you could also try try posting some individual good photos of your pick stones detailing the type, size and weight to give the cutters on the forum a better idea of what you have to work with. If you have some interesting stones you might find someone keen to cut them.
Also as was suggested to me, you could try your local lapidary club. You might find someone close by.

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25 August 2019 08:54 pm

Sorry GoldinBrisbane I stopped mid post to put the young fella to bed. I can vouch for Dihusky. I have some lovely stones cut by him. Check some of the other topics on cut stones to see examples.

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27 August 2019 01:30 am

10 dollars a ct lol sorry do you honestly know your stones Heatho sorry been valued more then that Australian glen innes Yarrow creek do your research Heatho as that's very bad information you gave on some of the most wanted colours in Australian NEW ENGLAND glen innes gems from the Dwyers property between 1993 to 1995 before closed its doors to fossiking

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goldinbrisbane
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27 August 2019 01:33 am

I read Dihusky that you only been cutting since 2018 is that true

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goldinbrisbane
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27 August 2019 01:38 am

Thanks Marty checked there is there no professional gem cutter on here

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goldinbrisbane
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27 August 2019 02:03 am

1566831928_screenshot_20190827-004837_google.jpg]Here you go guys glen innes under one ct glen innes zircons more then 10 to 40 hey good joke lol and its about colours and not cut yet1566831946_screenshot_20190827-004819_google.jpg

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27 August 2019 02:20 am

Got valuable Australian glen innes stones not 10sdollars a ct more 70 to 230 per ct stones wanting professional gem cutting there my small stones 1 to 3 ct but my test topaz is this1566832693_1566832588978377223976.jpg1566832757_15668327038461987316233.jpg

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27 August 2019 07:10 am

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Sorry Goldinbrisbane but I don’t know know how to put in the direct links to Dihusky’s cut stones.
Here is a pyrope garnet cut by Dihusky that my wife wears. If you look in Lapidary / Stones I have cut by lefty there are some other examples. I’ve pretty much had two topaz cut from rough not dissimilar to the ones you’ve shown that turned out beautifully. 4.5 ct and 8 ct cut weight.

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27 August 2019 04:56 pm

goldinbrisbane wrote:

Thanks Marty checked there is there no professional gem cutter on here

Yes g-I-b, I am a professional cutter and my rate for the last 2 years has been $45ct (and it should be more and will be more), obviously a ct cut stone is going to cost $45, this means that there is more value for me in cutting my own stones, having them set in jewellery and receiving much more than the $45 a ct.

Rough has risen in price, according to Gemfest 2019, so naturally cutting fees will rise as well.

I actually do not know why Australian gemstone prices lag behind American prices but I am sure that Amethyst rough is not worth $4 - $5 a ct, not to me and not to ebay.com.au but sapphire at $500 ct cut is another story.

The end result to my rave is that contract cutters may receive a set rate to cut stones for people, as in $1k a week for a set amount of stones; top cutters, competition cutters will charge a lot more than my $45ct. and, honestly, I am up there with the best cutters in Qld according to a respected gemmologist.

One cannot get better than near perfection and there are cutters here that can get there. One would need a 20x loupe or microscope to pull them down, if one had that sort of nerve.

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27 August 2019 06:51 pm

If you want big bucks for them, maybe and it is a big MAYBE, get them cut and take them Overseas to the likes of the Tucson Show in Arizona... A lot of Aussies are trying that now... Some successfully some don't cover their Expenses...
Problem is can you Prove exactly where they came from? and is there a market for them?... Only rarer Aussie Goodies get big bucks now like 'Sunstone' from the NT and Opal... You will never get 1980's prices again...

Aussie Sapphire stopped mining Sapphires quite a few years ago as it was just not worth it any more... More $ in Lapidary Gear and Cattle... And a lot of Jewellery Places prefer Synthetic over Real now...

I know quite a few in the Wholesale trade and they won't touch Cut or Raw Stones now... More $ in Rocks, Minerals and Crystals... wink

LW....

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