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#426

Dihusky
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29 November 2018 05:43 pm

Wally69 has just started a photography topic, and I've answered his first question which may help a few folks understand some basic info about lenses.

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … p?id=28731

Pat I have a GH4 which is also an M4/3 camera, love them, my photos are taken with the 60mm macro, it's a superb piece of Olympus Optics and Olympus make some of the best, particularly in the scientific area.

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#427

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05 December 2018 12:01 pm

Here's a pretty one! A 5.6 carat garnet with a strong colour-shift property. Bright purple in natural daylight, bright red with pinkish-purple tinges under incandescent bulb and maroon toned under fluorescent.

Natural daylight (overcast)

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Incandescent bulb

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#428

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05 December 2018 01:34 pm

Really nice colour alteration, would have been easier to swallow if the tone under fluorescent was BLUE tongue

I want to send you a special diagram for garnet, only if you have a 72 index wheel.

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#429

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05 December 2018 01:56 pm

I would like a blue garnet!! Bloody rare as hens teeth!

Cheers Pat, but I only have a 96 and an 80.

#430

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05 December 2018 03:11 pm

Fantastic colour Lefty. The last garnet I cut was also a colour shift but not as beautiful as that. Reddy Orange to tan malaia garnet.
Funny though, this time the camera doesn't want to see it.

What type of garnet is it, do you know?

#431

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05 December 2018 05:56 pm

Cheers MM, acquired the rough from Glen Huntly about 6 months ago, they were labled but Glen didn't write it on tbe bag, just the carat weight and price per carat. I recall that it originates from Africa but not sure about other specifics.

Amazing colour, had me looking closely for natural features. But yes, it contains irregularly distributed groupings of the tiny "three-directional" crystals Ive seen at tbe loupe level in nearly all other garnets I've ever cut.

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05 December 2018 06:07 pm

Well I've just learnt something today - I didn't know garnets could be blue! Huh!

That's yet another very lovely gem Lefty! thumbsup


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#433

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05 December 2018 06:34 pm

Thanks Megsy smile

Yes, like sapphires they come in a wide range of colours and hues. Some shade of red is the most common colour but they can be most colours. Blue ones are incredibly rare, I think a few were found about 5 years ago in the Ural mountains in Russia.

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#434

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05 December 2018 08:01 pm

A beautiful Stone there Lefty..... Well cut too. perfect .. You know I love Garnets... heart I never knew Garnets came in Blue... I will have to have a Google on them... yikes
Hope the Fires weren't too close to you... I saw Lowmead was threatened.... sad

LW...


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#435

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05 December 2018 10:01 pm

Nice clarity for a chunky garnet there Lefty cool

Incidentally, I had a half cut one fly off the dop last week, still haven’t found the darn thing......it has turned me blue.

#436

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06 December 2018 08:35 am

Seriously, fellas, I wouldn't get too wound up in the blue garnet interpretation.

When Lefty said "maroon - toned under fluorescent" I tendered that it would be preferable to be blue - toned under fluorescent, because qld is maroons and nsw is blue - yeh?

Oh well, lead balloon territory!

But with regards to quality garnets, Lawrie and Yolanda Berthelsen in Townsville sell very good quality raspberry garnet on ebay and is highly respectable and genuine. He will accept returns if not satisfied and will answer all questions honestly.

Last edited by Pat Hogen (06 December 2018 08:36 am)


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06 December 2018 11:52 am

Seriously, fellas, I wouldn't get too wound up in the blue garnet interpretation.

When Lefty said "maroon - toned under fluorescent" I tendered that it would be preferable to be blue - toned under fluorescent, because qld is maroons and nsw is blue - yeh?

You know us fossickers is slow to catch on Pat lol

But with regards to quality garnets, Lawrie and Yolanda Berthelsen in Townsville sell very good quality raspberry garnet on ebay and is highly respectable and genuine. He will accept returns if not satisfied and will answer all questions honestly.

Good to know, thanks - are they Fullarton river stones?

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#438

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06 December 2018 11:53 am

LoneWolf wrote:

A beautiful Stone there Lefty..... Well cut too. perfect .. You know I love Garnets... heart I never knew Garnets came in Blue... I will have to have a Google on them... yikes
Hope the Fires weren't too close to you... I saw Lowmead was threatened.... sad

LW...

Cheers LW - yes, the fires went through the Lowmead area but I don't know how much countryside was actually burned. I know a bloke who lives there and last I heard he was ok. I think they stopped it reaching the little township.

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#439

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06 December 2018 11:58 am

Wally69 wrote:

Nice clarity for a chunky garnet there Lefty cool

Incidentally, I had a half cut one fly off the dop last week, still haven’t found the darn thing......it has turned me blue.

Cheers Wally smile

Nothing makes you bluer than a stone coming off the dop.

Except maybe when you offer this stone for sale on a facebook sales group and somebody makes a comment suggesting they think it is fake/synthetic sad But he deleted it again after about a minute - which is about how long it takes to use the internet to educate yourself about the existence of real, naturally - occurring colour-shift gemstones lol

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#440

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09 January 2019 11:06 am

After a bit of a hiatus, it's time to get back to faceting! Here's a nice little honey-coloured Rubyvale zircon, finished at a little under 2 carats. It has a slight silky have but not enough to detract from it.

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#441

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09 January 2019 11:07 am

Silky *haze*

#442

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13 January 2019 08:31 pm

Nice little 1.4 carat Rubyvale blue. Original rough was 13 carats but there was a lot of smashed up material in it and I had to whittle it down much smaller, resulting in this perfectly clean stone. Bloke took his son up there for a dig (they have recently put down a shaft) and the young fella found it sticking out of the wall. It's going into an engagement ring for his girlfriend - always especially special when you found it yourself smile

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#443

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13 January 2019 09:23 pm

Nice blue there Lefty. thumbsup perfect
None of that inkiness.

#444

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13 January 2019 11:10 pm

That is stunning Lefty. Far out ! thumbsup


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#445

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14 January 2019 07:49 am

Cheers guys, yes it's a pretty little stone. I thought I was going to have to cut it well off-table to get the owner anything back at all because of the shape - but in the end it came in almost dead on-table as you can see by the colour face-up.

#446

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21 January 2019 10:32 am

I know - yet another pyralspite-type garnet, and also in the same design as the last stone big_smile . But I absolutely love these stones, there is just something about the better-quality almandine and pyrope garnets (and rhodolite) that really does it for me. This one is about 1.1 carats and was cut for a member of this forum (I don;t think he has posted for a very long time. I don't know where he got this one from.

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#447

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21 January 2019 10:32 am

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#448

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21 January 2019 11:08 am

You been practicing with your new camera Lefty? big_smile

Garnet rocks! lol

#449

Lefty
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21 January 2019 01:44 pm

No mate, I got chipped by the missus for not having used the thing yet (she bought me an fairly expensive one for taking pics of stones). I had a go yesterday but the SD card from the old one isn't compatible so I'll have to get a new one. This is just taken off the phone - and these sort of garnets seem to be easier to photograph than anything else.

Garnet definately rocks!!!! big_smile big_smile big_smile

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#450

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23 January 2019 07:20 am

Took a while to get an acceptable photo but here's a nice 3.15 carat light pink Harts range zircon, cut in a round brilliant but with a double cut pavilion, which really helps enhance the sparkle! It shows really good dispersion as well.

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