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#1176

Wally69
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20 June 2019 06:25 pm

Thanks for the encouraging comments, also found out my new phone takes some great shots. Same stone, different lighting.
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#1177

Gilly47
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21 June 2019 12:04 am

GOOD lookin stone there Mr 69, gunna dig me some shortly, same place as yourse

ray gemstone gemstone pickshovel


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#1178

StoneTheCrows
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21 June 2019 08:40 am

Wow

That second photo is brilliant.
Nice Job

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#1179

Wally69
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21 June 2019 08:51 am

Gilly47 wrote:

GOOD lookin stone there Mr 69, gunna dig me some shortly, same place as yourse

ray gemstone gemstone pickshovel

big_smile Been thinking of your trip and wondering if you had hit the billy boulders yet. I’ would love to get back up there for a scratch in the dirt.

Good luck Ray
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#1180

tailormarc
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21 June 2019 12:42 pm

Well finally got around to sending some stones i dug out Muckinbudin. Some of the higest quality smokey is found at this location and its as simple as just digging the mullock piles. Some nice citrine from this site too . The clear stuff is quarts but the site is known for topaz

48095882672_cb2305be30_z.jpgHigh quality smokey quartz, i found , Wheatbelt WA by Marc Russo, on Flickr

citrine i tumbled...
48095780306_302b081b7c_z.jpgNatural citrine i found in the Wheatbelt WA by Marc Russo, on Flickr

48095780831_0982b9a73b_z.jpgUntitled by Marc Russo, on Flickr

48100504856_07870abd39_z.jpgAll cut and came out beautiful by Marc Russo, on Flickr

48100504861_8050eb7e3b_z.jpgAll cut and came out beautiful by Marc Russo, on Flickr

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#1181

Wally69
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21 June 2019 05:15 pm

Nice stones Marc cool

My brother recently did some kite cuts with his New England Smokey Quartz and Citrine and had them wire wrapped at the local gem show, they looked awesome and something I have put on my must learn list.

I like the setting on FB as well ?

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#1182

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21 June 2019 05:58 pm

cheers mate, yep love to get one made up like this for the wife....
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48101565746_77ee9e5732_c.jpgUntitled by Marc Russo, on Flickr

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#1183

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21 June 2019 08:22 pm

Tailormarc there is a serious amount of detail and cost in that pendant but it does look spectacular. Would I be correct in thinking that the setting is Indian or middle-eastern?
Below is the pyrope garnet Dihusky cut for me a few months back. thumbsup gemstone I designed the pendant and got a local silver smith to do the work. thumbsup
Surprise for my wife’s birthday on Sunday.

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#1184

Wally69
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21 June 2019 08:49 pm

Martyz wrote:

Tailormarc there is a serious amount of detail and cost in that pendant but it does look spectacular. Would I be correct in thinking that the setting is Indian or middle-eastern?
Below is the pyrope garnet Dihusky cut for me a few months back. thumbsup gemstone I designed the pendant and got a local silver smith to do the work. thumbsup
Surprise for my wife’s birthday on Sunday.

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … d6f943.jpg

Very nice design Martyz inlove

#1185

Martyz
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22 June 2019 08:21 am

Cheers Wally... although I got a lot help to make this stone sparkle.

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#1186

wes2143
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22 June 2019 11:13 am

Looks, great mate

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#1187

tailormarc
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24 June 2019 06:02 pm

Martyz wrote:

Tailormarc there is a serious amount of detail and cost in that pendant but it does look spectacular. Would I be correct in thinking that the setting is Indian or middle-eastern?
Below is the pyrope garnet Dihusky cut for me a few months back. thumbsup gemstone I designed the pendant and got a local silver smith to do the work. thumbsup
Surprise for my wife’s birthday on Sunday.

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … d6f943.jpg

WOW! Cheers mate ! I recon thats a better idea! I got loads of melted silver too

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#1188

Wally69
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29 June 2019 10:30 pm

Made this tonight; a relic detectorists’ adaptation on how to display gems prior to setting them.
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Edit......Also had a play with a larger setting and coin but I think the sixpence will work better with bigger stones, unless you are gifting one to a sheep farmer playful

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#1189

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01 July 2019 01:25 pm

Wally69 wrote:

Made this tonight; a relic detectorists’ adaptation on how to display gems prior to setting them.
https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … c57d60.jpg

Edit......Also had a play with a larger setting and coin but I think the sixpence will work better with bigger stones, unless you are gifting one to a sheep farmer playful

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … 301e73.jpg

Mint idea and looks great!

#1190

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01 July 2019 10:15 pm

Can't believe that it's been over 2 years since I last posted on here, I never really disappeared I've kept looking, and playing with the stones

Been sorting out the work area the last couple of days and took a couple of snaps

I just noticed the rose quartz has a star big_smile
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And teaching myself to facet

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#1191

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08 July 2019 11:17 am

It’s been a bit quiet on PA for stone cutters lately ( hopefully because everyone is out looking for rocks to cut ) so I thought I’d have a crack at my own. Got an interesting piece of Smokey with stripes, bubbles and veils, hand worked it with wet and dry sandpaper, 120grit through to 1200 then polished it with toothpaste on leather.

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#1192

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08 July 2019 02:04 pm

Sometimes imperfections make a really interesting stone!
I really like that! Well done!

Cheers,
Megsy


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#1193

Wally69
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08 July 2019 03:39 pm

Nice stone, would look good wrapped up in silver inlove

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#1194

Dihusky
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08 July 2019 04:24 pm

That really nice, come up a treat using old time techniques. Great example of what can be done without fancy machinery, sort of thing one can work away at around a camp fire when it's too wet to do anything else:Y:

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#1195

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08 July 2019 07:27 pm

Cheers everyone. It’s pretty rewarding shaping my first stone by hand.
I’m amazed at how a drought of beautifully cut stones from the usual contributors encouraged me to do something productive. idea thumbsup

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#1196

Wally69
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02 August 2019 04:56 pm

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Finished off this green tourmaline last night, darn crack opened up and a big chip of stone flew off the crown. The original crystal was sawn in half along a crack line, so you get to see a before and after of the same crystal. The second piece has some even more challenging characteristics but I think I will try to cut it with the hope that is stays in one piece.

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Decided to half the crown thickness and chase the crack out as best as I could, unfortunately a significant inclusion takes up a quarter of the stone’s surface but I am very happy with the outcome. At 2.45ct it is large enough to let the light dance through the large table facet and pick up a rainforest of green colours when moved around. Shame I cannot share the experience of seeing this one in its full glory.

I could possibly recut this stone to remove the majority of the inclusions but would end up with a significantly smaller stone, but it would be absolutely spectacular.

One thing is for sure, I will be on the look out for more tourmaline to cut.

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#1197

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02 August 2019 09:07 pm

Very nice mate, even with the inclusion.


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#1198

Dihusky
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02 August 2019 09:16 pm

Ouch, that's really given you some grief cry Beautiful colour and clarity,... go for the re-cut, size ain't everything! big crack in that rough piece but you should be able to get a nice Hexagon out of it.

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#1199

Sodabowski
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02 August 2019 11:52 pm

Bummer for that crack Wally, but the finished stone is super nice! I'd say leave it as is and see after you facet the second half of the crystal.


Thomas

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#1200

Gilly47
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03 August 2019 02:16 am

I like those display clasps,, in our place, if the stones were perfect, they would not be in our place


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