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#1026

Dihusky
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09 November 2018 07:43 pm

Lefty wrote:

Damn nice job there mate!! thumbsup inlove

Wally69 wrote:

Nice Amertrine Dihuski cool

Definitely worth the persistence, looks great gemstone gemstone gemstone

Thanks guys, always appreciate the comments from those in the game

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#1027

Mackka
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09 November 2018 08:47 pm

Stay with it Wally my money is on you mate!
Mackka gemstone

#1028

Dave79
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10 November 2018 08:45 am

Firepanther wrote:

In north east tassie. Going down again this weekend. Hopefully get my woman a nice sapphire big_smile

The smoky came up beautiful. Did you break up a big rock to get a clear bit or find it as pictured? Good luck on the sapphires thumbsup

Last edited by Dave79 (10 November 2018 08:46 am)


Prospecting must be like fishing, the big one keeps getting away!

#1029

Firepanther
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10 November 2018 09:53 am

Dave79 wrote:
Firepanther wrote:

In north east tassie. Going down again this weekend. Hopefully get my woman a nice sapphire big_smile

The smoky came up beautiful. Did you break up a big rock to get a clear bit or find it as pictured? Good luck on the sapphires thumbsup

I found it like that. Me and the fiancee are heading down today. Hoping to find her a sapphire today for are 16th Anniversary. You know she's a keeper when she wants to go prospecting and camping on ya anniversary big_smile

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#1030

Dihusky
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10 November 2018 10:11 am

Firepanther wrote:
Dave79 wrote:
Firepanther wrote:

In north east tassie. Going down again this weekend. Hopefully get my woman a nice sapphire big_smile

The smoky came up beautiful. Did you break up a big rock to get a clear bit or find it as pictured? Good luck on the sapphires thumbsup

I found it like that. Me and the fiancee are heading down today. Hoping to find her a sapphire today for are 16th Anniversary. You know she's a keeper when she wants to go prospecting and camping on ya anniversary big_smile

Best of luck Firepanther, yep... she sounds special. Harmoniously sharing the good, the bad and the challenging builds a sound relationship through thick and thin. I've been with mine for 35yrs and at times hell and back and we're still rock solid and do everything together.

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#1031

Mackka
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10 November 2018 11:30 am

Same.
Mackka

#1032

Firepanther
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10 November 2018 01:00 pm

Dihusky wrote:
Firepanther wrote:
Dave79 wrote:
Firepanther wrote:

In north east tassie. Going down again this weekend. Hopefully get my woman a nice sapphire big_smile

The smoky came up beautiful. Did you break up a big rock to get a clear bit or find it as pictured? Good luck on the sapphires thumbsup

I found it like that. Me and the fiancee are heading down today. Hoping to find her a sapphire today for are 16th Anniversary. You know she's a keeper when she wants to go prospecting and camping on ya anniversary big_smile

Best of luck Firepanther, yep... she sounds special. Harmoniously sharing the good, the bad and the challenging builds a sound relationship through thick and thin. I've been with mine for 35yrs and at times hell and back and we're still rock solid and do everything together.

Yep some people can't handle the bad times but we always pull through. thumbsup

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#1033

Wally69
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12 November 2018 11:22 am

After bogging myself down for hours and hours on a sapphire and not being able to get an acceptable polish happening, I decided to do some speed cutting on this nice little garnet to test myself and break up the frustration.

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Was a bit aggressive on the girdle and burnt some size away unnecessarily, but very happy with the exercise. It has a few needle inclusions and a bright personality. Almost couldn’t get a photo party gemstone party

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Finished up at about 1ct.

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#1034

Jaros
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12 November 2018 02:10 pm

Very nice result. perfect


F1A4M2, Exterra 705 Gold, Ace 250, Goldrat 8" Dreammat River Sluice.

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#1035

Pat Hogen
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12 November 2018 02:29 pm

Hey FP, a trip down to Zeehan Min & Gems Show would likely have landed you a nice sapphire already set or not, as would please you. Or, the calendar shows another show on at Lonnie the next weekend. Would save you from freezing your cohones off in that ice-cold mountain water. neutral

Last edited by Pat Hogen (12 November 2018 02:30 pm)


Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder

#1036

goody2shoes
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12 November 2018 03:13 pm

Very nice Wally perfect

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#1037

Firepanther
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12 November 2018 06:15 pm

Pat Hogen wrote:

Hey FP, a trip down to Zeehan Min & Gems Show would likely have landed you a nice sapphire already set or not, as would please you. Or, the calendar shows another show on at Lonnie the next weekend. Would save you from freezing your cohones off in that ice-cold mountain water. neutral

Yeah might of been easier. But we like the adventure. Been trying to find new spots for sapphires. I always seem to be busy on mineral fairs neutral

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#1038

Firepanther
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12 November 2018 06:16 pm

Wow nice one wally. Very beautiful looking garnet

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#1039

Dave79
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12 November 2018 06:23 pm

Yep, one you've found is worth way more than one you bought to me too. The brass monkey effect just shows how much you really love her eh???!!!


Prospecting must be like fishing, the big one keeps getting away!

#1040

Dihusky
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12 November 2018 07:11 pm

That's come up a treat Wally, so how long and how were the meets when speed cutting? What was it 1200, 14k, 100k?

#1041

Firepanther
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12 November 2018 07:27 pm

Dave79 wrote:

Yep, one you've found is worth way more than one you bought to me too. The brass monkey effect just shows how much you really love her eh???!!!

Yep. The memories that come with the gems is priceless. Friends and work colleagues ask me how much my gems are worth and I'm like clueless about it and tell them I'm not in it to make money but just enjoy finding them. It's a bonus my other half enjoys it too even though i do the hard work for her most of the time power

#1042

Wally69
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12 November 2018 08:42 pm

Dihusky wrote:

That's come up a treat Wally, so how long and how were the meets when speed cutting? What was it 1200, 14k, 100k?

big_smile Was just saying to my wife that I need one of those punch card timers so I can track my progress. This stone I did in two sessions of about two hours each with some re-dopping time in between.

The design was chosen for speed and is very simple on the meet points, I only did 8 mains on the pavilion, followed by polished girdle facets. The flip side required four goes around on the ‘break’ facets to cheat the horizontal girdle meet points into perfect place, from there it was quick to cut them down to level and the ‘petals’ just needed to be cut down to the girdle as symmetry was assured by the getting the tuning right on the ‘break’ facets. if they did require more work, I could have just raised the mast a touch and polished down to the meet point. The table is cut to look in proportion, so no meet points were required there. smile

I used a 1200/3k/100k, the stone handled the sequence wonderfully and the attention to get the 1200 meets perfect does slow it down but I did not need to correct a single facet on this stone due to getting a consistent polish by applying consistent pressure and counting the stones contact times. I had two ‘petal’ facets that still had a scratch but they were removed by a couple of extra seconds without compromising the meet point.

I put the success down to this garnet being wonderfully behaved; not like the rouge sapphire sitting on the dop next to it argh

This shot shows the ‘breaks’ and ‘petals’ so you can better understand my response.

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I think garnet will be my new ‘experimenting’ stone as it seems to be very easy to work with inlove

Last edited by Wally69 (12 November 2018 08:45 pm)

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#1043

Mr Magoo
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12 November 2018 11:20 pm

Nice work Wally

You're become a garnet addict! I love 'em. thumbsup

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#1044

Wally69
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20 November 2018 03:01 pm

smile
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#1045

Lefty
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20 November 2018 04:08 pm

Very nice stone there Wally! perfect perfect perfect

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#1046

Wally69
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20 November 2018 04:10 pm

I think I might steal the wife’s iPhone, it seems to take a better photo, just need to stop the darn dust from settling in the middle of the stone cry looks like I have lost the before shot

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1.7ct champagne zircon - modified ‘Northern Star’ design - deepened to make the ‘pink’ zircon darker.

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#1047

Lefty
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20 November 2018 04:49 pm

A jeweller gave me one of their anti-static dusting cloths but it still doesn;t seem to do a perfect job.

#1048

Wally69
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20 November 2018 05:04 pm

Lefty wrote:

A jeweller gave me one of their anti-static dusting cloths but it still doesn;t seem to do a perfect job.

I have one somewhere I inherited a decade ago, but can’t find it. argh

I have had good success with isopropyl achohol spray and tissue clean followed by a squirt of metho and a t-shirt wipe. After about 60 wasted shots the odd bit of dust settles. Keep thinking, where did I put that cloth every time I get to the t-shirt stage.

#1049

Dihusky
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20 November 2018 05:32 pm

Have to look up the Northern Star, has some lovely effects, particularly in the first shot, come up super well.

#1050

Wally69
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20 November 2018 05:52 pm

Dihusky wrote:

Have to look up the Northern Star, has some lovely effects, particularly in the first shot, come up super well.

Thanks, I was a bit nervous that the extra depth on the pavilion would ruin the design but it turned out great. I think I will cut another to the intended proportions to see if it has the same effect.

You should definitely give this design a go and see the stone spun in full sunshine, it is absolutely brilliant and you can almost taste the rainbow. I will PM you details.

inlove Not sure what it was trying to say to me in this photo.........maybe I should call it the “I love you” stone

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