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#26

Twapster
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11 March 2014 12:11 pm

Agree, if you look at the stone on the scales you would say Black...until some light shines through. I guess that's why you should keep your concentrates and recheck at home. I would hate to think how many of us have screened off some monsters and tossed them aside thinking just a big black pebble. You just threw away a 50K+ carat monster Sapphire and didn't look twice. More particularly those only interested in "Gold" thinking "i'm not into Sapphires", yep you just tossed a $10k stone looking for 1 gram of gold lol.


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headbut
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11 March 2014 12:59 pm

If you watch Gem Hunt , a blue 7ct sapphire cushion cut was valued at $53,000  yikes


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#28

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11 March 2014 03:52 pm

Nice one there Peter, your right about the black ones must have thrown some out in the early days mad
These days I have a magnet, if its ironstone twang, throw out, if its not wont stick as easily. Also have a stong pinlight in the truck these days incase of iffy ones.
Cheers

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11 March 2014 04:06 pm

thebeans wrote:

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

And You are not allowed within one metre of the sorting table, stay in your hole and dig big_smile  big_smile

#30

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27 March 2014 06:53 pm

Have been meaning to put these up for ages  ops

Can't find some of the before shots to many memory cards roll

Cheers

Col

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#31

richo966
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27 March 2014 07:16 pm

love the first green one mate nice colour and love them all  smile

#32

Varts
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27 March 2014 07:35 pm

Very nice col,that first pic in the rough is a beautiful stone

Did you cut these yourself


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#33

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27 March 2014 07:43 pm

The green one is a Wee Jasper stone best one I've found out there to date. Had a guy in Adelaide cut them. We will be joining the Canberra lapidary club this year so we can start learning  wink My c#$p photos don't help much

Col


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#34

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27 March 2014 07:53 pm

Nice ,
Some times it takes me longer to photograph the stones then find them lol

Lay the cut fellows on there side and play with the camera and a torch ,then crop them.

Show the magnificent colours mate

Varts..


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#35

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27 March 2014 08:53 pm

How many times did you light that green one up during the first week? I would probably have to answer that in terms of how many sets of batteries I used.

fantastic stones cool

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#36

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27 March 2014 09:50 pm

Wally69 wrote:

How many times did you light that green one up during the first week? I would probably have to answer that in terms of how many sets of batteries I used.

fantastic stones cool

lol  Put it this way mate, that lil torch don't work no more wink

Cheers

Col


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#37

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29 March 2014 08:50 am

Nice stones Col and Lee, love the Star Sapph.


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#38

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29 March 2014 08:57 am

Bro in law Alex just got a few small ones back from Lamberts, these are really tiny, sorry about the crappy pics. No before shots. He sent 27 stones and they cut 11, just sent a broad cross section of the small stuff. We now know what not to send.  smile The Zircons look awesome but need a clean. Can't believe how small the will cut a stone also.
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#39

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31 March 2014 12:21 pm

Guys, you have me giggle like crazy. Tripz, your stones are WOWzers. Peter, what a find!
I'll enter the show too, but with less ambitious stuff: here are some of the Aussie opals that I cut a few years ago:

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left: black opal (can't remember the locality... was that Queensland? I didn't catalog my stones at the time, now I have a homemade software just for that purpose)
right: Coober Peddy material, notice the curved one, probably an opalized belemnite I'd say.

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Also Coober Peddy material here, the blue one at the bottom is a doublet, I backed it with some of the black opal matrix to make it pop, and boy does it pop...

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And these two small ones are Boulder Matrix, from the first chuck I bought years ago. Since then I got myself several good chunks from a well-known Boulder Matrix seller and have way bigger ones in my cutting tray wink

Now to get my hands onto some Aussie saphs, zircs and spinels! big_smile


Thomas

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#40

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31 March 2014 05:29 pm

Nothing to be sneezed at there Thomas, that Doublet looks fantastic. Lee and I just purchased a heap of black opal rough to start cutting once we join the local lapidary club. If you ever come down under, I'm sure there are a few members who would happily take you out on a Sapphire and Zircon hunt.

Cheers

Col


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#41

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04 April 2014 08:37 pm

Nice gems there guys, just got my blue one cut...lost a bit from 5.95ct to 1.93 cut.

Heres a pic of the next one (dark geen but yellow under light) to be sent off. Bigger than the blue one but no scales yet.

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#42

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04 April 2014 08:48 pm

The blue one cut:

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Under light...

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

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#43

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05 April 2014 03:43 am

Thanks Lee, I was in the steep part of the learning curve when I cut those ones.

Peter, wow, that yellowish green one looks pretty clean inside! Nice results on the blue you sent to cut, a 32% yield is quite decent (unless you're cutting flawless tourmaline crystals in an emmy/baguette design, that is tongue ).


Thomas

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05 April 2014 07:42 am

Cool -  cool - it is interesting to see that the small green tone in one the before photo is not evident in the end result and the cut results in a consistent blue. I have a few uncut blues that I put down as being party coloured, or poor quality, because of the different colour tone seen from different angles. It will be interesting to see how the colour changes once cut.

Can't wait to see the green one cut.

#45

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05 April 2014 07:51 am

Wally, if you have stones with different colors along each axis, if those are complimentary colors, a good cutter will be able to orient the stone so that the colors mix properly, you only have to choose which one you want as the dominant color so it's aligned towards the table. The other color will show in the reflections. Of course if you only want blue (ie kill the yellow component) all that can be done is heat the stone.


Thomas

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#46

Twapster
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08 April 2014 12:04 pm

Sodabowski wrote:

Thanks Lee, I was in the steep part of the learning curve when I cut those ones.

Peter, wow, that yellowish green one looks pretty clean inside! Nice results on the blue you sent to cut, a 32% yield is quite decent (unless you're cutting flawless tourmaline crystals in an emmy/baguette design, that is tongue ).

Thanks Thomas, yep very happy with the blue one. Probably a realistic yield for those wanting to know how much you loose on the stone in the process.

Now hoping the green one turns out well. Im excited that the green one looks clean inside, and cant wait to see the colour transformation as it should come out yellow. Also the size and shape have me thinking it will be a reasonable size.

Peter


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08 April 2014 01:08 pm

good luck hope it turns out as nice as the blue one smile

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09 April 2014 02:36 pm

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09 April 2014 02:39 pm

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The girl was one of the best cutters in lighting ridge at the time and said you just knock off what's poking out.
Gee I lost some opal size to back yard cutters back then, who grind away like....


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#50

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09 April 2014 06:39 pm

Lovely piece dezman  wink

Cheers

C&L


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