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#851

Lefty
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31 May 2018 12:11 pm

Damn nice Wally! thumbsup Can't go past a good smoky. A hexagonal barion with a step-cut crown by the looks?

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#852

Heatho
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31 May 2018 04:09 pm

yikes Very nice mate, well done.


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#853

SneakyCuttlefish
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31 May 2018 08:34 pm

Beautiful stone Wal. Really nice design too!

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#854

Wally69
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31 May 2018 10:09 pm

Thanks guys,

I quite like the hexagonal shape, it is a very pleasant to look at with a little wobble of the stone as the faces are prominent enough to notice a change of aspect and the light flickers around nicely.

The design was chosen by my youngest son and is a simplified ‘bright lights’ design (G&M Vargas Vol III)

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#855

Wally69
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13 June 2018 12:52 pm

Finally finished cutting my first decent Queensland sapphire from the Reward Gemfield, I can’t seem to find the before photo but it presented as a green/yellow party sapphire. The stock was about 3.5ct and it had a bad shape and a few inclusion that I tried to orientate to be vertical through the centre of the stone and another close to the girdle. The yield suffered as a result and a couple of overcuts requiring rectification didn’t help either ops

It started out life as a standard brilliant but I introduced a small step cut in the pavilion in an attempt to keep a bit of extra depth. The crown is also modified due the operator being a bit too aggressive with such small facets and a star facet index error in the finishing stages of the cut mad resulted in a rectification that introduced an extra 8 step facets between them. I quite like them though as they create a defined star in the top of the stone.

After focussing at it through a magnifying glass for the past week, it seemed much bigger than the 0.9ct result. Good thing is, I have now proven that I can cut sub-carat stones. party

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#856

Lefty
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13 June 2018 01:15 pm

Very nice there Wally thumbsup

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#857

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13 June 2018 01:43 pm

Nice work. I reckon cutting gems is an awesome skill and one I will never acquire. Precision has never been one of my strong points. I'll stick to welding, at least if you take too much off you can put it back!


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

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#858

Lefty
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13 June 2018 02:49 pm

Dave79 wrote:

Nice work. I reckon cutting gems is an awesome skill and one I will never acquire. Precision has never been one of my strong points. I'll stick to welding, at least if you take too much off you can put it back!

Give it a go Dave! It's a very rewarding hobby.

Though it is true that you can only take it off, you can't put it back on smile A facetor is a kind of specialised machinist - machining little tiny rocks smile - and I suck at most tradie type stuff but it didn't stop me learning to facet.

Reccomended thumbsup

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#859

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13 June 2018 06:25 pm

Reckon it could be a good retirement hobby, should have a pretty good collection of dodgy stones to practice on by the time I get there! I reckon a few will get the sledge hammer treatment during the learning process.


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

#860

Heatho
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13 June 2018 06:45 pm

Very nice Wally, looks great. Very nice cut and colour indeed. thumbsup thumbsup


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#861

Dihusky
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13 June 2018 07:44 pm

WOW, that really dances, nice job mate.

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#862

Billy
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13 June 2018 10:08 pm

Wally69 wrote:

Finally finished cutting my first decent Queensland sapphire from the Reward Gemfield, I can’t seem to find the before photo but it presented as a green/yellow party sapphire. The stock was about 3.5ct and it had a bad shape and a few inclusion that I tried to orientate to be vertical through the centre of the stone and another close to the girdle. The yield suffered as a result and a couple of overcuts requiring rectification didn’t help either ops

It started out life as a standard brilliant but I introduced a small step cut in the pavilion in an attempt to keep a bit of extra depth. The crown is also modified due the operator being a bit too aggressive with such small facets and a star facet index error in the finishing stages of the cut mad resulted in a rectification that introduced an extra 8 step facets between them. I quite like them though as they create a defined star in the top of the stone.

After focussing at it through a magnifying glass for the past week, it seemed much bigger than the 0.9ct result. Good thing is, I have now proven that I can cut sub-carat stones. party

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … e09b24.jpg

Wally, apart from the first 2 words and the last one, I didn't understand a word lol

Awesome job on that stone!! thumbsup cool


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#863

Gilly47
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14 June 2018 02:55 am

nice stone M8


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#864

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19 June 2018 07:41 pm

5.9ct Rose Quartz (with micro-needles that look awesome ........... under a loupe) big_smile
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#865

Heatho
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19 June 2018 07:51 pm

Not the clearest of stones but hey who cares, looks good mate, I reckon your cutting is getting better with each stone. You're going to end up with a great collection over the coming years. Wish I had the patience to do it, I sort of do but my eyes would let me down I reckon.


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#866

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19 June 2018 10:32 pm

That looks quite nice. I like it. I have a large lump of rose quartz also that I was considering faceting. That has given me the impetus to do so. thumbsup

It gives you an idea why Kashmir sapphires are so attractive. That sleepy, velvety intense blue colour. 'Micro needles" can make something quite unique.

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#867

Lefty
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20 June 2018 07:27 am

Another nice job there Wally thumbsup

It gives you an idea why Kashmir sapphires are so attractive. That sleepy, velvety intense blue colour. 'Micro needles" can make something quite unique.

Yep, the silk is actually considered to enhance them. I guess it's very fine and very evenly dispersed, silk in our stones is often in thick bands. I cut some stones I think came from Glenalva that had that look about them, although they were a light green-aqua colour.

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#868

Wally69
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20 June 2018 11:51 am

Looks a lot nicer in the daylight big_smile
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#869

Lefty
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20 June 2018 12:05 pm

Now that fairly glows! I like it! thumbsup

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#870

Dihusky
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20 June 2018 01:40 pm

Now that looks better, lovely stone mate thumbsup Autumn leaf sets it off beautifully

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#871

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20 June 2018 02:18 pm

Lefty wrote:

Now that fairly glows! I like it! thumbsup

me too….striking


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#872

Lefty
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20 June 2018 02:49 pm

goldierocks wrote:
Lefty wrote:

Now that fairly glows! I like it! thumbsup

me too….striking

I've got some hazy amethyst here..........I wonder............?

When I get time to muck around.

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#873

Heatho
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20 June 2018 03:21 pm

Wally69 wrote:

Certainly does! thumbsup


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#874

Wally69
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22 June 2018 07:53 pm

All the forum chatter regarding gems raining from the sky and red birthstones has inspired my choice for the next stones to go under the wheel.

They will by first green olivine/peridot and rich red garnet, so am keen to see how they turn out. 8)

I have taken the before shot after cleaning up some external cracks and discolouration and thought I would share it before I lost it.

The stones are reasonably clean, but thinking there will be at least one inclusion in the peridot as I will be aiming for +5mm squares from these ones.

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#875

Mackka
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22 June 2018 09:04 pm

Beautiful Wally and I look forward to the new cuts.
Mackka

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