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#1401

Heatho
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From: Central Coast, NSW
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21 June 2020 09:03 pm

Cracker of a stone mate, looks perfect as is. perfect


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#1402

Thomson
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22 June 2020 07:34 pm

Nugget wrote:

We often see pictures of rough gemstones from members, but what about the ones that have been cut and made all sparkly?

If you've had a gemstone cut, feel free to share with us some before and after photos. And please don't forget to include a little info about the gemstone in your post.

Cheers,
Nugget

#1403

Wally69
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From: Sydney
Joined: 13 December 2013
Posts: 3,448
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27 June 2020 05:18 pm

Nice sparkly surprise jumped into life when I took it off the dop - 1.4ct Tasmanian Zircon
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#1404

Manpa
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From: Sheidow Park, SA
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27 June 2020 05:36 pm

Beautiful piece Wally big_smile


One of these days Ma!

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#1405

Pat Hogen
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27 June 2020 05:37 pm

Good stuff, isn't it? Do you think it will be a hard one to set Wally?


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#1406

Wally69
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From: Sydney
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27 June 2020 06:06 pm

Pat Hogen wrote:

Good stuff, isn't it? Do you think it will be a hard one to set Wally?

Corners will be fragile Pat and will need to be avoided, would think it would scare the pants off a commercial setter unless they centrally locate a single prong or use two per side.

When I was cutting it I was thinking I would use it with some metal clay and flush set it. Now it is finished I have been thinking of sliding it into an open sided ring setting with support along the full length of the stone, with a little extra width for making a bead detail for pushing in on the ends to stop it sliding out, although the pushing part sounds risky.

Last edited by Wally69 (27 June 2020 06:10 pm)

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#1407

Heatho
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27 June 2020 07:01 pm

Wow, nice polish mate. perfect


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#1408

Dihusky
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From: Gold Coast, QLD
Joined: 16 June 2017
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27 June 2020 07:35 pm

Amazing colour, I've never seen a Zircon that red and intense, golden browns, pinks etc, but one looking like a garnet, WoW inlove

#1409

Wally69
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27 June 2020 08:11 pm

Dihusky wrote:

Amazing colour, I've never seen a Zircon that red and intense, golden browns, pinks etc, but one looking like a garnet, WoW inlove

Thought is was going to have a slight golden orange look to it based on what I saw when cutting it, the intense red spectrum only started to show itself when the crown was being polished. It shoots me in the eye like a laser beam when taken for a spin in the sunlight.

Got another one on the dop now, keen to see if the same colour is evident.

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#1410

xcvator
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From: Mornington Peninsula
Joined: 12 September 2016
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27 June 2020 08:39 pm

Well this is no where near Wally69's stuff thumbsup
But just for fun here's a before and after of 1 of my 1st tries at cabbing

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1593250544_rhodonite_polished.jpg

That's with a 1200 grit w&d finish

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#1411

Dihusky
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27 June 2020 08:44 pm

A stone with some history and a story. I first saw this piece of rough around a year ago, the owner lived not far from me so it allowed us to get together an discuss this special piece of Sapphire rough and other stones his father had left the family. I'd seen some interesting stones but nothing like this so we planned it's future life, not as a piece of rough but as 3 Gems that could be shared between the family.

1593250782_88ct_rough.jpg

Though the stone had been cleaned up, we still needed to see inside, so a polish on a couple of faces helped this. Yes there were inclusions plus a clearly defined fracture line across. These defined the first cuts, one to remove the rubbish then one directly through the fracture. This yeilded two stones, one 30.8ct and the second 48.25 ct, they still needed a final clean up to get rid of the last pieces of junk. The larger ended up at 38.15ct and the smaller 24.25ct. The larger was split in two giving two stones 13.15 and the second around 18ct.

The final result of the mission is these 3:

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6.43cts, 4.52cts & 3.60cts.

The lucky owner is a friend of everyone here; Martyz

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#1412

RM Outback
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27 June 2020 09:31 pm

Fantastic stone Wally69 perfect

Nice looking piece xcvator clap clap your on your way to creating memorable pieces thumbsup

Dihusky what a great story this stone has been, beautiful work perfect Martyz you must be over the moon to see your family stone come to life beer

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#1413

Wally69
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27 June 2020 11:39 pm

There has been some great gemstone creating this year, I enjoy watching everyone’s journey with equipment and creation.

Here’s to the next ones we are working on gents beer clap gemstone clap beer

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#1414

Martyz
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28 June 2020 09:18 am

Just woke up this morning to see some of these finished stones for the first time. A fitting end to this story as this was where I first introduced this sapphire to the forum after it had been sitting in a box for 40 years.
Found back in 1978 when my brother and I went on a fossicking trip with dad and one of his rock hound mates to Anakie, we always referred to it as the big black sapphire. It wasn’t until a year and a half ago that I put an iPhone light under and saw colour for the first time.
The rest is now history. My mission was to bring it to life and make something for the family to enjoy. Thanks to lots of good advice from forum members I got to meet Dihusky and entrusted him with the task of seeing what we could make of this 88ct puzzle.
Mission accomplished and a job well done. I couldn’t be happier. Cheers Dihusky I owe you one... well more than one. You’ve helped me in ways that now have me enjoying the hobby my dad loved and I can’t put a price on that.
100 thumbsup thumbsup

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#1415

Heatho
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28 June 2020 04:00 pm

Wow, nice job Dihusky. Well done.

Hmmm, now very jelly here Martyz... big_smile Glad it all worked out. I'd be stoked with the results.


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#1416

Wally69
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28 June 2020 08:26 pm

Ok - so I missed a few steps when I got carried away with some cutter’s momentum. I had intended to take you all through the ‘do you see what I see’ process with this second Tasmanian Zircon. Sorry, I missed taking finished pavilion and transfer shots for you. argh

Stopped just now to check my lap after a breakaway defect popped off. Am planning for this defect to disappear when I cut in the table and star facets on the crown.

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If I don’t stuff it up, you will see the reveal..... by the way, don’t hold your breath as I tend to park a stone if I encounter a mind bending issue.

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#1417

Dihusky
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From: Gold Coast, QLD
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28 June 2020 10:15 pm

Hope it behaves Wally wink

#1418

Wally69
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29 June 2020 10:59 pm

Played with the crown a bit, had to cut it three times to get the defect to disappear and overcome a human error....that bloke in the mirror needs better concentration. zzz

Boring to look at from an angle at this stage but the colour is starting to dance under the work light and it should enjoy being liberated into the sunshine. 16 more break facets to go and then to final polish.
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#1419

Pat Hogen
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30 June 2020 07:27 pm

Dancin' thumbsup


Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder

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#1420

Mackka
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Joined: 18 February 2014
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01 July 2020 09:37 am

Sally that is sweet and the sparkles , wow, congratulations
Mackka thumbsup

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#1421

goody2shoes
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01 July 2020 10:49 am

Sally - Wally lol lol lol

Wally have you got your big girl dress on again? lol lol lol

Goody smile

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#1422

Wally69
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From: Sydney
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01 July 2020 11:38 am

The autocorrect must know something lol

Wally’s Sally...., she sounds sweet and sparkles too inlove

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#1423

Pat Hogen
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01 July 2020 11:41 am

Ya can't be TOO bad, if'n you drive a Mustang! Heh.


Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder

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#1424

Dihusky
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01 July 2020 01:13 pm

Wally69 wrote:

The autocorrect must know something lol

Wally’s Sally...., she sounds sweet and sparkles too inlove

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … dae120.jpg

Nice, recon she'd love the open roads to the gem fields big_smile but unfortunately not much use on the dirt. ops

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#1425

Gilly47
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From: Currently on Tour, QLD
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02 July 2020 12:31 am

I reckon that Zircon is hugely under rated ATM, such colour and sparkle Mr Wally
gemstone gemstone


1 wife 1 dog and a sieve. NAPFA & QSMA member,

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