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#51

wallie
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11 April 2018 05:31 pm

Agate Creek is close to Forsayth.
The motel in Forsayth has the most brilliant display of cut agates. Backlit, they are simply stunning and show the different colours available at Agate Creek.
There is usually a couple in the camp with a ridiculously good set up, including rock saws, that will assist you in going to the right place.
I'd suggest a speccing trip to Vievers Flats first and then do some digging at Black Soil. It is worth the trip and spend as much time as you can here. Hot showers and good toilets facilities are available.

#52

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15 April 2018 05:47 am

Marco Voltilini's "Fiorino 80" in Lowmead Rose-de-France amethyst. 4.35 carat.

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Other designs I have cut that have pictures in them have tended to have the entire pavilion below critical, resulting in a design that often very interesting but lacks the sparkle we expect from a faceted gem. In this design, only the facets that make up the flower petals (frosted), flower centre and the facets immediately surrounding the flower motif are below the critical angle. The rest of the pavilion is above critical which creates a halo of sparkle around the picture.

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#53

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15 April 2018 11:32 am

Very nice Lefty.
Mackka smile

#54

Lefty
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15 April 2018 12:57 pm

Cheers Mackka smile thumbsup

I've looked at it in natural light for the first time this morning (it came off the dop last night) and I think it definately looks better in indirect natural light - the pink colour is deeper and more pronounced. It was photographed under LED light last night.

#55

deadpan
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15 April 2018 10:22 pm

Beautifully cut Lefty

#56

Lefty
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16 April 2018 06:15 am

Cheers deadpan thumbsup

I'm happy that a stone with a frosted picture in the bottom can be cut to show plenty of sparkle at the same time. That's the way to go with picture-stones for the most part I think.

#57

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26 April 2018 06:24 am

2.7 carat yellow-blue Rubyvale parti sapphire, cut in John Bailey's "Amethyst Shield". Ignoring for the moment my issues with clear photography, the way that different refractive indexes alters how light and reflection appears within a stone becomes obvious when comparing it with a piece of amethyst (for which the design was originally intended) cut in the same design on page 1 of this thread. While it still looks great in quartz as intended, the higher RI of sapphire creates the impression of a fireworks display. Works beautifully for lighter coloured sapphire, probably not so good for darker coloured sapphire as the design is quite deep.

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I have to say that my old digital camera (now useless since I lost the battery charger and you cannot buy a replacement) despite being techincally inferior to wife's phone camera took vastly superior photos. Might have to do a course or something.

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#58

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26 April 2018 08:01 am

Beautiful work as always mate. Try eBay for the charger.
Cheers
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#59

J Treasure
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26 April 2018 01:15 pm

Love your work Lefty. Really nice seeing your Lowmead amethyst as I've been collecting some bits and pieces out there myself, great to see what it can be turned into! Some of the rose-de-France I've found out there is super light in colour like the pic below, does the really light stuff still cut nicely if you find decent ones without cracks etc? Is that similar colour to your fiorino design specimen?
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#60

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26 April 2018 03:31 pm

Cheers Mackka. I might try ebay like you say. Also SC's approach of just taking a heap of photos until a couple turn out good. They look sharp and clear on the device, problem often seems to be when they are uploaded.

Cheers J Treasure. Yep, pale Rose-de-France amethyst can definately still cut a very nice looking stone if it's reasonably clean. The "Fiorino" stone was cut from a piece not much deeper in colour than the one you have there. It's a shallow design but there are deep designs that can add slightly more depth of colour to pale-toned material.

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#61

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26 April 2018 03:48 pm

Love the trillion lefty!! That looks like a stunning piece. How clean is it?

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26 April 2018 06:46 pm

Cheers SC. The stone is actually pretty clean, I just seem to have a knack for making tiny inclusions appear huge in photographs or even photographing something that isn't actually in the stone at all. I wish it were mine but I'm going to have to hand it over to the owner.

This is the first time I've tried this particular trillion in anything other than Quartz (which it is actually designed for). I made no changes to any angles and I was really happy with the firework-type effect created by the higher RI stone.

I think topaz would be a prime candidate for this design, I reckon it'd go off like a frog in a sock! I can't post links from this device, when I can get to the main computer I'll post you a link to the instructions thumbsup

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03 May 2018 07:26 am

You're a talented individual Lefty, very nice work. thumbsup

#64

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03 May 2018 07:54 am

Cheers diggit thumbsup It's very time-consuming but ultimately very satisfying work, there's always something new to try.

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#65

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05 May 2018 10:26 am

14.3 carat natural blue topaz in Akhavan's "Starheart". The design is very attractive when the stone is seen moving with the eye. It is quite a fiddly design to cut though. The crown is easy but there was a fair bit of mucking around with the pavilion.

I think the instructions also contain a small error at the crown stage, the angle of one of the tiers needs to be adjusted (though I possibly made a mistake, though I checked it a number of times and what I was doing was consistent with the instructions). If I had cut the table down to meet where the six points it is supposed to are, the table would have been so wide - probably over 80% of the width of the stone - that I think it would have robbed the stone of a lot of sparkle. The only time I cut a table that wide is when I want to deliberately show a picture in the bottom of the stone.

Thus, I "floated" the table to where I thought was right. This actually works well and looks right.

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05 May 2018 10:27 am

Bad blurry photo but star more visible here....

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#67

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05 May 2018 01:34 pm

What a beauty Lefty, well done. thumbsup


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#68

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05 May 2018 01:42 pm

Just beautiful Lefty.
Mackka

#69

Lefty
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05 May 2018 06:34 pm

Cheers guys.

It's designed specifically for topaz and the finished product works very nicely. The fiddlyness of cutting the pavilion has left me wondering about how it possibly could be modified to make cutting it easier though. Probably would be easier the second time round in any case.

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05 May 2018 11:15 pm

Nicely done Lefty! looks like a very cool design.

#71

Lefty
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06 May 2018 06:30 am

Cheers SC thumbsup Here's the link to the diagram.

Here's what mine looks like to the eye, this bloke has taken a more life-like photograph of his.

btw, I can't find the diagram for that trillion anywhere online. It was in the public domain but appears to have disappeared from the web, along witha couple of other interesting designs that were on the same webpage sad I'm going to have to run off some more copies of the paper copy I have before I lose it.

#72

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06 May 2018 04:57 pm

Very nice work Lefty...Again... thumbsup thumbsup smile

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#73

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06 May 2018 07:01 pm

Nice work Jason those stones look great It's Chris by the way I can't remember my password so I have to wait until I get home on Tuesday so I can get it

#74

Lefty
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06 May 2018 07:49 pm

Cheers guys thumbsup

So mate, how was the weather down there - nice and crisp I'll bet? smile Did you fossick up anything interesting?

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06 May 2018 08:25 pm

1525598476_img_20180506_152812.jpg 1525598523_received_1654948781284951.jpg 1525598550_received_1654948654618297.jpg The weather is very cold haha and windy but it has been alright so far we stopped in at a cafe in Port Arthur when we went camping and they had minerals for sale there so I managed to score this little piece of Fulgurite and they had this big amethyst geode in there

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