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tailormarc
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29 November 2017 06:31 pm

Hey guys found these really high quality garnets, rich blood red and no inclusions but sadly i feel its too dark. Does this make it no good or worthless? Such a shame. Tempted to get it cut anyway.
37999766604_0c6cbbdae6_c.jpgimage by Marc Russo, on Flickr

26941475439_9a971d92d1_c.jpgimage by Marc Russo, on Flickr

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01 December 2017 09:51 am

Have to consider the cut carefully. Dark garnets can still flash awesome red. Trillions have a much higher brilliance than most cuts as do other shapes like pentagons and octagons. Try a solid trillion cut and I bet it will still come up beautiful.

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tailormarc
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01 December 2017 10:50 am

Thanks for that info! I send my stones off to Lamberts but on their list of cuts i dont see a trillion cut
I dont know anyone around here (Perth) or Australia who can do a trillion cut unless you cant point me in the right direction smile

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01 December 2017 07:16 pm

Lefty and SneekyCuttlefish cut the Best Stones..... IMO devil

LW....

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01 December 2017 10:25 pm

Thanks LoneWolf. Couldn't do it without rough2cut's ridiculously exceptional sintered laps though. His 600# brass lap is the level of precision I could only dream of with the old electroplated laps I used to use.

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02 December 2017 06:45 am

Thank you muchly LW big_smile

Yes, I too have one of rough2cut's sintered laps and it is excellent. I still found I could cut accurately with certain plated laps, only problem is that they wear out pretty quickly whereas sintered laps keep on going and going like the Energizer bunny. Saving up for another one.

Hi tailormarc - they look like pyrope garnets to me. Pyropes are quite often very clean but also very dark as you note. As SC says, they will often still deliver attractive red flashes when faceted.

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03 December 2017 12:55 pm

How many garnets from that area have you found? Very interesting and you could be on to something there!

I would cut those garnets in a trillion as stated by Sneaky or a very shallow cut to bring out the colour as it might look black if cut in a normal brilliant for example.

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04 December 2017 02:34 pm

Thanks all!
Yeah i have about 8 in total and only 3 of the 8 are gemmy but the rich red is so nice! This was only searching for about an hour max. Really need to get back there to look for more but its in the remote southwest WA

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04 December 2017 02:37 pm

Here is a really nice one i found same spot but its so dark i cant see through it. Almost black sadly....
24949162988_2519193ea4_c.jpgimage by Marc Russo, on Flickr

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04 December 2017 02:39 pm

The geology of this spot....
23957025287_e43c12db5a_c.jpgimage by Marc Russo, on Flickr

37935217095_f369e4298b_c.jpgimage by Marc Russo, on Flickr

38821399341_b49dc4987f_c.jpgimage by Marc Russo, on Flickr

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04 December 2017 04:51 pm

Drill them and put led lights in them they would make awesome chrissy lights big_smile


Wish in one hand and poo in the other , See which one fills up first !

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04 December 2017 05:06 pm

aussiefarmer wrote:

Drill them and put led lights in them they would make awesome chrissy lights big_smile

hahaha!!!

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04 December 2017 09:12 pm

tailormarc wrote:

Here is a really nice one i found same spot but its so dark i cant see through it. Almost black sadly....
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4556/24949162988_2519193ea4_c.jpgimage by Marc Russo, on Flickr

Interesting.

Both the above photo and the other three as well. The rock looks kind of pegmatitic. The first photos you posted are unmistakably garnets but I'm not sure about this one. It somewhat resembles a few of the tin crystals I've found at old tin mines in far north QLD. There is an extremely dark red, translucent tin crystal variety called ruby tin which is fairly rare.

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05 December 2017 01:41 am

An SG test will tell you... Looks like 'Ruby' Tin... Black with a slight tinge of Red on the edges... Heaps around Inverell and Glen Innes area...

That is certainly a Pegmatite.... Keep Digging, they should get better.. And Bigger... wink thumbsup

LW....

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05 December 2017 08:25 pm

There could be something really special in that rock. Looks like the edge of a vug to me. If it opens up in there you could have some serious crystals to win. Go steady though. Wouldn't want to chip the tip of a museum piece!

Big creamy feldspar crystals, big quartz crystals and whatever the black crystals are screams vug/pegmatite!

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06 December 2017 11:14 am

I must admit this is in a national park, pieces i picked up were run off from this spot. I was looking in all the nooks and crannies to find small bits. Cant get the pick out sad Damm shame

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06 December 2017 04:08 pm

Heard nothing, saw nothing, no nothing .......... wink

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07 December 2017 11:51 am

SneakyCuttlefish wrote:

Heard nothing, saw nothing, no nothing .......... wink

Lol lol
Nice find of Garnets there...did you know guys, lightning can cause rock to explode! Fancy if it hit that Peg...BOOOM!! Garnets raining down everywhere hahaa big_smile thumbsup

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tailormarc
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08 December 2017 11:52 am

Rusty_G wrote:
SneakyCuttlefish wrote:

Heard nothing, saw nothing, no nothing .......... wink

Lol lol
Nice find of Garnets there...did you know guys, lightning can cause rock to explode! Fancy if it hit that Peg...BOOOM!! Garnets raining down everywhere hahaa big_smile thumbsup

haha might put a lightning rod right on that point

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tailormarc
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08 December 2017 01:15 pm

SneakyCuttlefish wrote:

Heard nothing, saw nothing, no nothing .......... wink

Might have to get these to cut at a later date, nice smokey and a citrine i found... Very clear through

25032925688_f44afc83a6_c.jpgimage by Marc Russo, on Flickr

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