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#1

Nugget
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07 March 2014 10:18 pm

We often see pictures of rough gemstones from members, but what about the ones that have been cut and made all sparkly?

If you've had a gemstone cut, feel free to share with us some before and after photos. And please don't forget to include a little info about the gemstone in your post.

Cheers,
Nugget


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#2

merryeclipse
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08 March 2014 06:08 am

Would love to, just need a diamond blade saw first wink

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Heatho
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08 March 2014 08:31 am

Good one Nugget was thinking exactly the same thing, one of my mates should have some Sapphires back from Lamberts in a week or 2, will post the pics then. I'm actually finding it hard to send any of mine off for cutting, I'd make a hopeless cattle farmer.

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#4

Nugget
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08 March 2014 10:17 pm

Interesting that no one here has had any stones cut, I would have thought we'd seen a few by now neutral


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#5

Varts
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08 March 2014 11:05 pm

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No before s but here some of mine yikes


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Nugget
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08 March 2014 11:06 pm

Nice, what are we looking at Varts? from left to right smile


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#7

Varts
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08 March 2014 11:18 pm

3 saphs to the left ,zircon,, not sure about the clear,saph and a garnet


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Varts
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08 March 2014 11:21 pm

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Another pic of the same stones smile


Varts........................................................................................varts...............................

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jenmal
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09 March 2014 09:42 am

Nice!


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#10

Twapster
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09 March 2014 10:31 am

I sent off the one (blue sapphire) I won at the Nundle PA trip to the guy in SA (Langford), just waiting on results. Have photos of the uncut, hopefully not too long to see the cut version. I was quoted around $90 to cut the stone but will wait to see how much. Was about 2 weeks ago, messaged me he had the stone but no new news.

Lamberts quoted I think $14.50US postage and $4.5US per carat final cut weight, so assume price would have been about $30bucks all up. Told me I should prob wait for a few more stones to make it viable....Liz advised anything over 5 carat best to get cut local. Uncut the stone was about 5.95carat told it would prob make between 1.8 and 2.2 finished.

Getting itchy for the results, will post before and after pics if everything goes to plan!

Peter


Peter. Love trout fishing, gold prospecting, sapphires,have Highbanker, pans,sieves ,X-terra 70,F1A4,GPX4500. Bring it on!

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#11

Tripz
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09 March 2014 01:18 pm

Heyya all, here are some of my stones, only photo of rough stone I have got is from my 2012 trip which is mainly zircon, peridot, topaz and some garnets....
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Next image is mainly cut Topaz, the largest is 23c with some inclusions the rest is fairly well eyeclean, couple of moonstone and smokies there as well....
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Next image is medium sized, these range from 1.5c to 3.6c and are Zircon, Topaz, 4 Fullerton river Garnet, 4 Harts range Garnet and Peridot....
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The 2 cabs I just finished and are Blue Kyanite from the Territory...
Cheers smile

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#12

Twapster
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09 March 2014 01:45 pm

Mate awesome pics!


Peter. Love trout fishing, gold prospecting, sapphires,have Highbanker, pans,sieves ,X-terra 70,F1A4,GPX4500. Bring it on!

#13

kleinman98
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09 March 2014 01:48 pm

Those stones are sweet. Would be interesting to know the difference in value before and after cutting as most of us wouldnt have a clue.


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#14

Twapster
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09 March 2014 03:27 pm

Before = 0(assuming you found it), after = Something. Lol....I believe a reasonable sapphire can command about $400+ cut per carat.

So say a 6 carat sapphire, cut to 2 carat may fetch $800+ retail.  I guess if you were wholesaling it maybe half that price?

Ofcourse there are stones that fetch over 100k per carat but not so easy to pan or noodle one of those bad boys.

Im not sure if my pricing is correct someone else may be expert on the matter.

No good knowing retail, u want to know what you can sell them for, not set in a ring and retailed in a shop. The less valuable gems obviously less but not sure how much less.


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Tripz
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09 March 2014 04:22 pm

Stonevalue, only worth as much as someone will pay for it I reckon. Zircon out at Gemtree in the field started as low as 30p/c cut and went as high as 150p/c cut. Thats all I know about it, but we dont do it for the money its all about being in the bush and having something to do isnt it?????I know i`d never break even big_smile

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LD.
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09 March 2014 04:38 pm

Cheers Varts & Trips, great pics and very inspiring, all look a million bucks to me!!


Love gems of all shapes, colour & sizes, lucky because I've definitely got the tiny blue ones covered, now I'm looking for some big red ones. Getting into faceting will accept advice

#17

Twapster
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09 March 2014 05:11 pm

I need these sort of pics to get the wife interested! See honey...little rock I find can look like these other ones.


Peter. Love trout fishing, gold prospecting, sapphires,have Highbanker, pans,sieves ,X-terra 70,F1A4,GPX4500. Bring it on!

#18

Heatho
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09 March 2014 06:57 pm

Nice collection Tripz, they look great.


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#19

Tripz
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09 March 2014 07:21 pm

Heatho wrote:

Nice collection Tripz, they look great.

There was lots and lots of dirt mixed up with them mate, but youd know that.
Cheers

#20

thebeans
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09 March 2014 09:03 pm

yes very nice looking  Varts and tripz and thanks. roll mrs will have the whip out watching  me digging all day


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#21

Nugget
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11 March 2014 09:10 am

Some nice looking stones there guys. I'd love to see more cut Sapphires if anyone has some.


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#22

richo966
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11 March 2014 10:13 am

I don't have many cutters yet only 4 good stones and like heatho I cant cut bring my self to get them cut  smile

#23

Twapster
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11 March 2014 10:36 am

Before Pics

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The stone looks almost black with no light, then depending on angle has green tinges, on another angle deep blue colour. Just waiting on cut.

Peter


Peter. Love trout fishing, gold prospecting, sapphires,have Highbanker, pans,sieves ,X-terra 70,F1A4,GPX4500. Bring it on!

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#24

LD.
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11 March 2014 11:02 am

Nice one Peter, what you say about black is spot on, look closely if it's black cause it just may be blue  smile


Love gems of all shapes, colour & sizes, lucky because I've definitely got the tiny blue ones covered, now I'm looking for some big red ones. Getting into faceting will accept advice

#25

Heatho
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11 March 2014 11:45 am

Nice stone Peter. True that, the best ones mostly always look very dark, always check.


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