Commission Cuts

Below you will find photos of some of my past commission cutting projects. 

Most recently I finished a lovely Veitnamese spinel.  This was one of the largest pieces that I was able to cob from an included crystal.   The result:  a pinkish-purple, 2.65 carat, VS stone.  Some light silk and a coulple tiny carbon spots were exagerated by the camera, but in actuality is very minimally visible in the final stones.  This stone was claimed and sold before I could even list it, so I didn’t spend much time photographing it.  The stone in-hand is far more beautiful than the photos suggest.  Here is what the new owner had to say about it:

“It is so lovely.  SO lovely.  As you said, one HECK of a stone.  It sparkles like crazy!  The colour is lovely in all lighting (I swear I saw some flecks of orange in there?).  The cutting is amazing.  Definitely worth the wait and build up!  I love it.”

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Pictured above is the most recent stone that I cut on commission for a client.  This rough was actually purchased off of our website from Cathy, and then commissioned to be cut by me.  The original rough was a slightly orangish-pink Winza sapphire of 4.13 carats.  The rough was somewhat deep relative to the length-width, so I modfied a design to employ a higher crown.  This achieved better retiention of material, but not at the expense of good optical properties.  The angles were chosen after running multiple versions through gem modelling software, in order to ensure a high-performing final result.  The completed 1.35 carat stone turned out wonderfully!  (Note: I have now added photos of the beautiful custom setting, courtesy of Mary Heinricht and Julia Kay Taylor–click on them for more info!)

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The above photos depict my most recently completed commission stone.  This is a copper bearing “Paraiba” tourmaline with an unusual green color, rather than the typical “Windex Blue”.  The original rough was a trimmed-up piece, that was somewhat shallow, and weighed 3.65 carats.  Careful diagram selection allowed me to use almost the full extent of the depth and diameter.  The final stone is 1.65 carats, representing a 45% yield from the dopped rough!  This is the most unusual color of tourmaline I have ever personally cut!

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Pictured above is a nice rubellite tourmaline, which I just finished for the same client as the Tanzanite below.  The original rough was 13+ carats, semi-preformed into a heart shape.  The tricky part was finding a heart design of the proper length-width so that not too much rough would be wasted.  While not perfect, the final design fit quite well, and yield was slightly greater than 31%.  A small inclusion, which looked like a spider-shaped bubble, can be seen about 6:00 at the edge of the table.  Otherwise, this stone is virtually flawless.

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Pictured above is a Tanzanite that I cut for a client.  The original rough was 11.38 carats and the semi-preform was 9.70 carats.  A few cracks needed to be considered.  This rough is untreated, which is why it does not show the cobalt blue appearance typically associated with Tanzanite.  Tanzanite can show various colors along several axes.  This stone shows a lightly saturated green-blue along the major yield axis and a more saturated purple along the lesser yield axis.  It was a difficult decision whether to cut for yield or deeper color.  In this case, the client liked the non-traditional sea green color and elected to proceed with the major yield axis.  In the final stone, you can see the purple color from the girdle view.  This stone was difficult to photograph face-up, but is more blue-green than the picture suggests.

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Above is a large chrome tourmaline–another stone  that I cut for the soon-to-be-announced “Green Gem Foundation”.  The rough started at 16.35 carats (no photo).  The hand-cut preform shown in the tweezers was 13.75 carats.  The stone finished at 6.22 carats.  The final gem is actually a nice medium/forest geen.  The yellow displayed in the photos is a camera artefact.

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Above is a very large zircon that I cut as a favor to a friend.  It is going to be one of the flagship stones for a project called the Green Gem Foundation.  The rough started at 50.50 carats and finished as a cut gem of 20.45 carats.  Click on the photos for a little more detail of each step.

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The above featured gemstones differed from my typical meetpoint style, in that the client specifically requested to have the stones cut for maximal weight retention.  I have at least one more fancy corundum to cut in this series.

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Above is a partcularly nice aqua that I just finished cutting for a client.  This client requested a square cushion cut greenish-blue aqua around 5 carats.  I was able to obtain a nice blocky piece of clean Nigerian rough that fit the bill.  Shown above is the final stone, a 4.90 carat, VVS clean, square cushion (design by John Bailey).

At this time I am not currently accepting any new commission projects.

 
David Dawson