By now it may be obvious that I like hexagon shaped gems. In this case it is a 1.33 carat Brazilian aquamarine.
Pictured here is an amazing 10.27 carat neon yellow opal. that is in the latest batch of newly faceted gems, The rough that I was very lucky to receive from a local friend did not indicate source.
Just posted another batch of recently faceted gems on the website. This time it is a mix of shapes, sizes, colors and materials.
Pictured here is a 4.52 carat ametrine with concave facets on the pavilion to really set off the purple and gold color combination.
Two other ametrines included in this batch finish up the parcel obtained from New Era Gems (Steve Ulatowski) last fall. However, more fun shortly with those picked up while in Tuscon in February.
Another shimmering pastel gem and the first of the Tucson 2018 treasures to be cut. The 1.21 carat morganite (a pink beryl) is 7.2 mm. in diameter.
The rough material for this one was purchased from John E' Garsow and came from Nigeria. It had a lot more color than some of the other morganite I saw elsewhere.
This little aquamarine weighs in at 0.97 carats and is 6.4 mm across. The rough material for this one came from Brazil. It is a shimmering light blue that was not adequately captured by the photo
Photo here is of a newly cut peridot (August birthstone). It is 8 mm in diameter and weighs 2.84 carats. According to the notes on label that accompanied the rough, the material came from Arizona.
Finally I am cutting something other than quartz!
Pictured here is a very nice little aquamarine weighing in at 2.23 cts and measuring 8.6 x 6.9 mm. It was really nice to cut something a little smaller and more cooperative than some of the larger stones I was doing while I was getting over my broken wrist and figuring out some new laps. The rough for this stone was obtained at the Spring 2016 West Coast Gem and Mineral Show from New Era Gems (Steve Ulatowski).
Ametrine pictured here is 6.15 cts. and measures 14.5 x 9.0 mm.
Several concave facets were placed on the pavilion side causing it to light up very nicely. The even division of purple and gold in these stones is very eye catching. I have a few more of these yet to cut in the parcel from New Era Gems ( Steve Ulatowski and Robert Ulatowski )
Just posted a trio of citrine triangles along with two new amethysts to the website
9.75 ct. citrine
4.91 ct. citrine
The Citrine pictured here is one of the items that was being cut during the faceting demonstration at the Santa Lucia Rockhounds show last month. It is 3.0 carats and 10.4 mm diameter.
It has been posted along with a handful of amethysts and a couple of other citrines that have been completed in recent weeks