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#501

Dihusky
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06 February 2019 04:51 pm

Looks great, unusual for glass to hold that depth of colour, found it often kind of washes out as you cut. Happy Father-in-law = happy wife = happy life smile

#502

Dihusky
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08 February 2019 10:09 pm

Yippee, little box in the PO Box, home... unwrapped and a beautiful piece of Horst's engineering inlove

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New quill for the 2000, beautifully made and now collet clamping, all I'm waiting for now is the new spring and I'll be good to go once more.

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#503

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09 February 2019 09:50 am

Back in action! big_smile thumbsup Looks really nicely made thumbsup

Think I met him once at the Sapphire markets - old German bloke like Max, though not as "mad" as Max tongue

#504

Lefty
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09 February 2019 09:54 am

Dihusky wrote:

Looks great, unusual for glass to hold that depth of colour, found it often kind of washes out as you cut. Happy Father-in-law = happy wife = happy life smile

Cheers Dihusky smile Yep, he was happy with it. Yes it did hold the colour well, you can see the swirls though. Definately some type of glass. Polished very rapidly with cerium, though very prone to scratching - I gave it to him yesterday and told him to be sure never to drop it on concrete or tiles, it probably big_smile won't just bounce off unharmed like a sapphire big_smile

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09 February 2019 11:06 am

Lefty wrote:

never to drop it on concrete or tiles, it probably big_smile won't just bounce off unharmed like a sapphire big_smile

Unfortunately not always unharmed. Last year went to re-polish a 2ct Lava Plains square cut sapphire after some heat treatment I had done. Somehow landed on the tiled floor with dop attached. Huge chunk of corner, gone. cry
Disposed of in disgust.

#506

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09 February 2019 11:56 am

Lefty wrote:

Back in action! big_smile thumbsup Looks really nicely made thumbsup

Think I met him once at the Sapphire markets - old German bloke like Max, though not as "mad" as Max tongue

He's got a nice BMW Roadster for sale, could see you in it.


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#507

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10 February 2019 04:59 am

Mr Magoo wrote:
Lefty wrote:

never to drop it on concrete or tiles, it probably big_smile won't just bounce off unharmed like a sapphire big_smile

Unfortunately not always unharmed. Last year went to re-polish a 2ct Lava Plains square cut sapphire after some heat treatment I had done. Somehow landed on the tiled floor with dop attached. Huge chunk of corner, gone. cry
Disposed of in disgust.

Oh no sad sad sad

The only damage I've ever seen done to one was when a mate gave someone an 11 ct yellow (faceted) from his old lease - bloke took it outside to look at it in the sun and dropped it on the concrete while holding it in the grabbers, so it was sort of smacked between hammer and anvil, putting some little chips on it that are a little too big to polish out.

#508

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10 February 2019 05:01 am

Pat Hogen wrote:
Lefty wrote:

Back in action! big_smile thumbsup Looks really nicely made thumbsup

Think I met him once at the Sapphire markets - old German bloke like Max, though not as "mad" as Max tongue

He's got a nice BMW Roadster for sale, could see you in it.

Needs to have offroad capabilities for what I do big_smile

#509

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10 February 2019 12:23 pm

Lefty wrote:

Oh no sad sad sad

The only damage I've ever seen done to one was when a mate gave someone an 11 ct yellow (faceted) from his old lease - bloke took it outside to look at it in the sun and dropped it on the concrete while holding it in the grabbers, so it was sort of smacked between hammer and anvil, putting some little chips on it that are a little too big to polish out.

Mmmmmm. It was certainly one of those 'you've got to be kidding' moments.

I was surprised to say the least. Perhaps there were some internal stress's created by the cooking. But it was a big chip.
Fortunately I had bought the original rough from Coolamon mining many years ago so the financial loss was not so impacting.

I'm sure your mate would of nearly been crying over such a beautiful stone getting smashed and the other bloke hasn't been invited back since I'd imagine.

I've stopped handing mine over to be looked at unless they're in something, bag, box, whatever. All my old collection have been dropped on the conc by folks checking them out and then hearings "Ooopps, sorry!" Which is why I'm just getting rid of them.

#510

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10 February 2019 12:40 pm

I'm sure your mate would of nearly been crying over such a beautiful stone getting smashed and the other bloke hasn't been invited back since I'd imagine.

I didn't ask if the bloke who dropped it is still alive lol

#511

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10 February 2019 12:44 pm

I remember my Dad hitting a 40-odd carat one with the point of the pick while the stone was resting up against a billy boulder in the concrete-hard wash band. Brother and I were playing with our toy trucks in a mullock heap and we rushed over to the hole to see what the stream of screaming expletives was about lol lol He reckons he saw it and registered what it was - but was already committed to taking the swing. He ended up getting all the pieces back from the bottom of the hole and got 3 smaller stones cut from them. Would have cut a really nice single stone if he hadn't made a direct hit on it big_smile

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#512

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11 February 2019 02:10 pm

Nice little Rubyvale blue smile Cut in a bit more of a classical design than I often employ - I'm forever trying new things - but the rough suited it perfectly. Not big at 0.85 carats but just about a perfect shade of blue with no darkness at all.

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#513

Dihusky
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11 February 2019 04:07 pm

Sweet inlove

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Heatho
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11 February 2019 05:19 pm

Love that sapph mate, very nice.


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#515

Lefty
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12 February 2019 08:50 pm

Cheers guys smile Still got a few more that should turn out similar, I'm hoping.

#516

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12 February 2019 10:10 pm

There's nothing quite like beautiful sapphire blue. smile
Another lovely one Lefty! Love your work!

Cheers,
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#517

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13 February 2019 06:12 am

Thanks Megsy smile Coming up next (don't think I'll finish it today though), a yellow topaz from Far North QLD, courtesy of Sneaky Cuttlefish thumbsup

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#518

Sushi
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13 February 2019 02:40 pm

Hi Lefty, where do you source the small containers that you photographed some of your earlier gems in? Similar to this picture.

#519

Lefty
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13 February 2019 04:55 pm

Hi Sushi - I got the last few lots from Gemcuts in Ballina http://www.gemcuts.com.au/gem-pod-sets/

Cheers thumbsup

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#520

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16 February 2019 10:38 am

A very nice 2.55 carat yellow topaz, hailing from Far North Queensland, courtesy of Sneaky Cuttlefish smile Cut in Akhavan's "Lassitude" - an oval but not an oval brilliant (ie, not a "stretched out" round brilliant as such, the crown facet arrangement is a bit different). The stone itself cut and polished nicely but the design gave me some grief in getting everything lined up neatly. In the end I brought it all in nice and sharp but by that time I was indeed filled with lassitude. Have to be careful trying designs with names like that, the designer usually named them for a reason big_smile

To the eye, this topaz is a nice champagne colour, very similar to Springsure labradorite, but brighter and more sparkly since it's topaz not feldspar.

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#521

Dihusky
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16 February 2019 12:08 pm

Beautiful..., Akhavan can produce some challenging designs and if they give you trouble on a VJ, no wonder I have a headache on my 2000 mad !

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#522

Lefty
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16 February 2019 12:34 pm

Cheers Dihusky big_smile

Ovals in general bug me actually - they just seem to be prone to bugs. It's almost as if the potential for compounding error is built into the design or something sad

#523

Dihusky
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16 February 2019 01:00 pm

Have to agree, would rather do a hex cushion any time wink

#524

Lefty
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16 February 2019 01:21 pm

You'll have fun with that one smile

#525

Lefty
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16 February 2019 01:21 pm

Though you might possibly tear some of your hair out big_smile


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