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
The Santa Lucia Rockhounds will be having its annual show at the Paso Robles Event Center from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, April 21 and 10am to 4pm Sunday, April 22. As part of the show, the San Luis Obispo Gem and Mineral Club will have a booth and will be bringing the club's faceting machine so we can show how gemstones are faceted. There will also be wirewrapping demonstrations on Saturday and club members will have some of their collections and crafts on display. Of course there will be many vendors with items for sale and other demonstrations by the Santa Lucia club members. Come by if you are in the neighborhood.
Another amethyst pictured here. This one is an 8.33 cts, 12.6 mm. octagon with concave facets on the pavilion side. I had planned to work on some other materials, but decided that this parcel was better for re-training my hands for faceting as my wrist heals.
The first post Tucson stone is finally done. It has been a challenge learning to work with a lame right hand, but things are slowly improving.
The finished amethyst weighs 13.2 cts and is 14.6 mm wide. There is a little bit of color zoning, but it is not too obvious when the stone is face up. A set of concave facets on the pavilion and another set on the crown add some extra sparkle. Rough came from a parcel obtained last year from Farooq Hashmi.