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African Chrome Sphene

Faceter: Dave Dawson Pattern: Barion Pear-Utopia by Jeff Graham Weight: 5.60 carats (to the nearest .05 carat) Size: 12.54mm x  8.76mm x 7.75mm Clarity: SI, mild veils Color: Medium NEON Lime green with multicolored rainbow flashes Treatment: None Origin: Winza, Dodoma Region-Tanzania

Ordering: Please refer to item #SPHF560

 

This is a fantastic “RARE” chrome titanite (aka sphene). This beautiful gemstone displays the valuable and sought-after, multicolor fire flashes of STRONG blue, red, orange, green and yellow!!  The body color is a bright, almost candy-apple green.  While there are some very light veils that can just barely be glimpsed at certain angles, the amazing dispersion more than makes up for the inclusions.   Chrome sphene rough with a dominant green color has become quiet scarce, and rough to cut a gemstone of this size has been almost impossible to come by.

Note:  Multiple attempts to photograph this stone failed to show off its stunning appearance.  The stone is green with almost none of the golden cast suggested by some of the photographs.  The dispersive nature of sphene (resulting from its high refractive index) is nearly impossible to capture in photos.

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Round Tanga Garnet

Faceter: Dave Dawson Pattern: SRB for Pyrope/Almandine “Namanga” by Jim Perkins Weight: 2.45 carats (to the nearest .05 carat) Size: 8.05+/8.20-mm (faceted girdle) Clarity: VVS (trace veils) Color: Medium-saturated:  very slightly orangish-red (incandescent), burnt orangy-brown “sinopia” (fluorescent) Treatment: None Origin: Tanga, Tanzania

ORDERING: Please refer to item # TGF245

 

This gem is what I more typically think of as “Tanga” garnet (as compared to TRGF230).  It was cut with a standard round brillient design; however, the angles were chosen to bring out he color of darker garnet.  This stone appears as a nice, medium, slightly orangish-red in incandescent and sunlight.  It has a fairly dramatic color shift to burnt orangish-brown (sinopia) in fluorescent light.  This is a great introductory stone to someone wanting a high-quality garnet gemstone in a classic cut.  Simple and elegant, with a lovely, unique color.  This was cut from a one of Cathy’s Tanga stones, as listed in the facet rough section.

Note: This stone has a bit more extinction than the flash photos show–good light and dark color contrast–but NOT a reddish-black garnet!

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Shield Cut Red Zircon

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Mike’s Sunstone Shield by John Bailey (Modified)
Weight: 4.30 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 7.7/9.6 mm
Clarity: IF clean at 10x
Color: Very slightly purplish-red
Treatment: None
Origin: Same, Tanzania

Price:   item #ZIRF430  SOLD – Thank you

 

This is a beautiful slightly purplish Red medium dark zircon reminiscent of a red diamond.  Expertly faceted with slightly higher crown angles.  A  PERFECT center stone for  that  highend pendant, or tucked away in your private collection.

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Australian Sapphire Pair

Faceter: David Dawson
Pattern: Radiant Barion Pear by Jeff Graham
Weight: 1.95 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 8.4+/5.9mm
Clarity: VS, slight veil under table,
moderate zoning (minimally noticeable face-up)
Color: Inky blue—dark!
Treatment: None! (Certified untreated)
Origin: Australia

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Standard Round Brilliant for Sapphire by Jim Perkins
Weight: 0.80 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 5.4+mm
Clarity: VVS, mildly silky, almost no zoning
Color: Inky blue—slightly lighter than the pear
Treatment: None! (Certified untreated)
Rough: Reddestone Creek, Australia

ORDERING: Please specify item# SAPF195ab

 

For the dark sapphire lover! This beautiful pair of sapphires was cut from the same piece of untreated Australian rough. The rough was too irregularly shaped to produce a single stone without excessive waste. Thus, it was sawn into two pieces, producing a fine set of “sister stones” weighing in at a full 2.75 carats total. Despite being cut from the same piece of rough, these are not color-matched gemstones. The pear was cut from a portion of rough featuring significant blue banding and a nearly white tip. However, the cutting and saturation of the gem cause the color to blend nicely. The round stone features a more uniform cobalt coloration with a mild silky appearance.

The rough originated from the mines of AussieSapphire. It was accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity stating that it was mined at Reddestone Creek, Glen Innes, NSW Australia in February of 2006, and was free of heat of other enhancement. The buyer of these sapphires will receive the original copy of the rough certificate, establishing the stone’s authenticity and provenance.

Note: These stones are dark, but very similar in appearance to the above photos.  It is possible that the stones might be lightened by heat treating, but are typically of higher value when certified untreated.

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Round Sapphire (Montana)

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Standard Round Brilliant
Weight: 0.95 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 5.8+mm
Clarity: VS, slight veil, “exploded” inclusion–evidence of heat-treating
Color: Medium blue with slight grey overtone, zoning
Treatment: Heat treated
Origin: Montana, Rock Creek

ORDERING: Please specify item# SAPF95mb

 

This rough comes from the Rock Creek area in Montana. The rough was heat-treated to improve the uniformity of the blue color. The rough had an interesting “nebula-like” swirl of color in the center. When the rough was cut, this was placed within the main body of the gemstone, causing the nice blue to be distributed throughout. With close observation, the color swirl can be noted with the naked eye, but does not detract at all from the appearance of the stone. Rather, it gives this gem a unique identity. This stone looks blue in all lighting, with none of the “black out” often seen with cut sapphires. A very light veil remains in the pavilion, which is loupe visible face up. When viewing the stone from the pavilion side, a small inclusion with halo can be seen. These so-called “exploded” inclusions represent evidence of heat treating. This inclusion is not noticeable when the stone is viewed face up. Despite the inclusions, this stone represents one of the finer colored sapphires that I have cut—medium to “denim” blue.

Note: The first photo shows the stone a bit too grey. The second photo is closer to the true color, and shows the swirly blue.

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Shield Cut Unheated Sapphire

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Hunter by Jeff Graham
Weight: 1.65 carats
Size: 7.50/6.28 mm
Clarity: VS-VVS, veil, light silk
Color: Slightly violetish-blue
Treatment: None
Origin: Umba region, Tanzania
Independently Certified Appraisal Report (12 Pages) Available

ORDERING: Please specify item# SAPF165ub

Additional information available upon request

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Color-Shift Oval Tourmaline

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Little Mick by Jeff Graham
Weight: 2.95 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 9.7+/8.2+mm
Clarity: VVS, one very small crystalline inclusion
Color: Very slightly grayish-purple in fluorescent, light purplish-pink in sunlight
Treatment: None??
Origin: Nigeria

ORDERING: Please refer to item # TOUF295

 

One of the most unique stones in our current inventory, this material displays a notable color-shift, from almost medium pink in incandescent lighting to a vivid slightly purplish pink in fluorescent lighting. Fortunately, this gem was able to be cut with the table peering straight down the axis of the deepest color. This stone exhibits a lot of fire/dispersion for tourmaline and is large enough to be used as a bold pendant stone. Clarity is exceptional, with only a few fine growth tubules, and a tiny natural facet divot, which is completely hidden on the backside under the girdle. This is a “barion” oval design.

Note: The photos show this gem in more of its purple-pink coloration. This color is truly fantastic. The fire can be easily noted!

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Oval 1.33 Imperial Malaya Garnet

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern:  Lynsey’s Wisch Easy OMNI Oval 1.33 by John Bailey
Weight: 2.65 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 9.6mm L x 7.15mm W x 5.35mm D
Clarity: VVS (very small crystalline inclusion)
Color: Slightly coppery-purple in fluorescent, purplish-pink in incandescent, pinkish-purple in sunlight
Treatment: None
Origin: Tanzania

ORDERING: Please refer to item #  IMGF265

 

The color on this one is very cool!  It actually has 3 different color appearances.  In sunlight, it is slightly pink-purple (purple dominant).  In incandescent, it’s slightly purple-pink (pink dominant).  And in fluorescent, it’s that unique metallic peachy-purple that only Imperials display.
The clarity is exceptional for Imperial.  Most roughs of this size have carbon spots–this one did not.  There is one little crystalline inclusion that remained in the pavilion, and is loupe visible if you know where to look.  It’s probably a garnet crystal inclusion, and proves the natural origin of the stone.  (See photos for highlighted view of this inclusion under magnification.)   At 10x or higher, there may be the hint of a couple much smaller crystalline inclusions, but the stone is definitely VVS Type 2 for garnet.
Note:  This stone is a bit more purple than Imperial IMFG260 below.

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Oval Imperial Malaya Garnet

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Flash’n Diamonds by Jeff Graham (Modified)
Weight: 2.60 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 11.4/5.7mm
Clarity: VVS (one very small crystalline inclusion)
Color: Very slightly grayish-purple in fluorescent, light purplish-pink in sunlight
Treatment: None
Origin: Tanzania

ORDERING: Please refer to item #  IMGF260

 

This stunning Imperial Malaya garnet gemstone was cut from a beautiful, purplish-pink piece of Tanzanian rough. The novel lozenge-shaped design was perfectly suited to the piece. An extra step-cut tier was added to the crown to give the stone additional sparkle and eye-appeal. If one has never seen true Imperial garnet, it is quite unique in color and tone—lighter than rhodolite, with an almost metallic luster. It displays the wonderful fire for which garnet is known. There is a notable color shift when going from fluorescent to incandescent/sunlight. The first photograph shows the stone nearly as it appears in fluorescent lighting, the subsequent photos show the stone as it appears in incandescent and natural lighting. A custom setting would likely be required.

Note: This is a very large gem for clean, top-color Imperial.

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Brilliant Pear Tourmaline

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Brilliant Pear 1.16 by Jeff Graham
Weight: 1.90 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 8.7+/7.4+mm???? (remeasure)
Clarity: IF (10x loupe clean)
Color: Orangey-bronze
Treatment: None??
Origin: Tanzania

ORDERING: Please refer to item # TOUF190

 

This is truly an exceptional tourmaline. The rough was purchased as a “peach” in color; however, to my eye it appears to be more of an “apricot” or “cola” color. Somewhere between orange and light brown, this gem is, nevertheless, very bright and exhibits a lot of flash. As best I can tell it is loupe flawless. A stunning showpiece in a nice Autumn tone.

Note: Please don’t be dissuaded by the “brown”!  This is one of my favorites—the photos are very accurate, perhaps enhancing the orange just a bit.

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Trillion “Needle” Sapphire

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Kling Dart by Jeff Graham
Weight: 0.50 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 5.4mm
Clarity: Included (needles), otherwise clean
Color: Medium amethyst purple with blue flashes
Treatment: Rough purchased as untreated—not tested
Origin: Tanzania

ORDERING: Please specify item# SAPF50tp

 

This delightful purple sapphire was cut using Jeff Graham’s Kling Dart design. The triangular-shaped rough was purchased as absolutely untreated; however, no testing was performed to verify this. One can clearly see from the photograph that this stone features several truly unique needle inclusions. While much less visible to the naked eye than suggested by the camera, these can be seen without a loupe. However, rather than detracting in any way from the appearance of the gem, the needles serve as a fascinating reminder of nature’s beauty. Moreover, intact needles support the claim that this rough was unheated. I researched these needles to some extent, with one gemologist describing them as simply “rutile”. However their appearance and distribution seem more consistent with photographs of “bohemite needles” in sapphire. Regardless of their identity, the needles are a charming feature of this fine little gem.

Note: This gem is less blue than the first photo suggests. It is a medium purple, very much like amethyst in body color.

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Cushion Cut Zircon

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Handy Cushion by Jeff Graham
Weight: 5.15 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 9.6/7.9mm
Clarity: VVS, very slight remaining veil at girdle, almost loupe clean
Color: “Champagne” without pink coloration (see notes below)
Treatment: Heat treated
Origin: Same, Tanzania

ORDERING:  please refer to item # ZIRF515

 

This charming zircon was cut using Jeff Graham’s Handy Cushion design, following the natural crystal shape. The rough was purchased as “Champagne” in color. My eyes do not perceive any pink coloration, and I would call this stone a “Chardonnay” color. There may be a very slight color shift, with the stone picking up a bit more of an orange tint in natural light. This stone was ever so close to internally flawless, but a very slight veil/healed fracture remained just inside the girdle at one end. It is entirely eye clean, however, and just shy of loupe clean–even with the inclusion. This stone would make a fantastic center stone for a large cocktail ring, or would make a bold statement as a pendant stone. The crown was cut with higher angles to help maximize the spectral dispersion for which zircon is well known. This one is NICE!

Note: The first photo shows the stone in diffused lighting. The subsequent photos are an attempt to show a bit of the killer dispersion!  This is always one of the first stones that EVERYONE asks about when looking at my display.

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Oval Chrysoberyl

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Easy Omni Oval by John Bailey
Weight: 1.05 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 7.8/6.3mm
Clarity: VS, silk, small girdle veil
Color: Chartreuse yellow
Treatment: None???
Origin: Brazil

ORDERING: Please specify item# CHRF105

 

This is a very unique collector’s gem. Chrysoberyl is a beautiful durable gemstone that is suitable for almost any jewelry application. Nearly as hard as sapphire, it wears well as a ring or pendant stone. This gem exhibits a highlighter greenish-yellow color that almost seems to glow. A very slight edge veil remains in the stone’s pavilion, but is completely hidden face-up. Minor silk throughout the stone gives it very slightly velvety appearance but does not detract at all. This is a “barion” oval design.

Note: The color of this stone was exceptionally difficult to capture accurately in photos–it is a nice bright lemony yellow with a touch of green.  Another couple attempts at capturing this stone can be seen at One World Gemstone here:  http://www.oneworldgemstone.com/artists/david-dawson/oval-chrysoberyl/.  However, once again, the lemony color is not well-portrayed.

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Trillion Spessartite Garnet

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Original Design—Unnamed—by Dave Dawson and Allan Aoyama
Weight: 4.40 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 10.0+/10.3+mm
Clarity: SI2, “sugar” and slight veils  nearly Eye clean
Color: Candy/Fanta Orange
Treatment: None
Origin: Loliondo, Tanzania

Ordering: Please refer to item #SPSF440 on        temp HOLD for SW

 

This is a nice Mandarin/Fanta orange color (photos don’t do it justice)  it is SI clarity, but faces up nearly eye clean.  This is an exceptionally large stone for Loliondo Spessartite garnet and bargain priced!  Don’t let the price fool you.  Take it home–if you don’t LOVE it return it for a full refund (minus shipping)!  This is NO risk shopping!

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Scissor-Top “Emerald” Tanga Rhodolite Garnet

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: 21st Century Emerald for Garnet by Jim Perkins
Weight: 2.30 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 8.2/6.2-mm
Clarity: VVS, very small bubbles in one corner
Color: Medium saturated purplish-raspberry
Treatment: None
Origin: Tanga, Tanzania

Ordering: Please refer to item # TRGF230       On hold for SW

 

This gemstone is a wonderful example of fine Tanga rhodolite garnet. It was cut with a unique modified emerald cut, featuring a step-cut pavilion and a scissor-cut crown. The faceting design, by Jim Perkins, was created specifically for bringing out the color in medium-saturated garnet rough. This gem displays dramatic hues of purple and raspberry, highlighted by blue flashes. It would make a lovely center stone for a special ring.

Note: This one is nicer than the photos suggest!

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Brilliant Round Spinel

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Spinel Round Brilliant by Jim Perkins
Weight: 1.15 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 6.35/6.3mm (faceted girdle, large and small diameter)
Clarity: VS (slight silk, 1 crystal, small feather)
Color: Pink-Purple (Slightly more pink in incandescent, slightly more purple outdoors)
Treatment: None
Origin: Vietnam

ORDERING: Please refer to item # SPINF115              On hold for SW

 

How can you not love spinel?!?!  Durable enough for all types of jewelry, found in nearly every color of the rainbow, high refractive index, sparkly with great color flashes.  There’s just nothing wrong with it (except trying to get ahold of great rough!)  This was one of the cleanest pieces that I was able to get out of a nice rough parcel of Vietnamese spinel…And this is one awesome looking stone!  Almost smack dab in the middle of pink and purple, this stone is bright in all lighting.  While it is much more color-stable than a lot of spinel, it can look a bit more pink or purple depending on the lighting.  For whatever reason, though, my camera insists on seeing the stone as purple.  I may try to take a couple more pics, if this stone doesn’t sell right away–but I guaranty this one will please!  The dispersion is exceptional, as the second photo suggests.  There are a few minor inclusions that remained in the final stone; nevertheless, this stone looks very clean by eye.

Note: I really want to get this stone into someone’s hands!  It’s super flashy and a wonderful introduction to both spinel (my favorite gem material) and my custom faceting.  I’m selling this gem at a discounted price and with free shipping (within the US).  In fact, if the buyer is dissatisfied in any way, I’ll pay the return shipping!

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Oval Sapphire

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Little Mick by Jeff Graham
Weight: 1.05 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 5.2+/6.2mm
Clarity: VS-VVS, slight veil
Color: Dark tealish-blue with mild grey overtone
Treatment: Unknown, estate sale rough—assume heat treated
Origin: Songea per seller

ORDERING: Please specify item# SAPF105sb

 

This rough came from a parcel of sapphire, which was purchased from a faceter’s estate, and marked as “Songea”. No gemological testing was performed to verify the origin or treatment status of this rough, so it should be regarded as most likely heated. This stone was cut following the natural shape of the rough, utilizing a “barion” cut. The design employed was “Little Mick” by Jeff Graham. Like most sapphire rough, this stone is dichroic, showing a green axis and a blue axis. This gem was cut somewhat in between the two axes, so that when rocked from side to side, the green color can be observed along one of the long sides of the oval, and the blue color can be seen along the other. These colors blend when the stone is viewed face-up, resulting in a pleasant, tealish-blue. This gem possesses a mild grey overtone, which gives it more of a steely, cool appearance. Due to the saturated body color, the stone is a bit dark in dimmer lighting; particulary under the table, hence the  lower pricing for a 1+ carat stone.

Note: This gem was difficult to portray on camera. In this photo you can see the green and blue. The stone in person is a bit darker than the photo suggests.

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Trillion Hessonite Garnet

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Original crown (Modified pavilion Tris de Garnet by Tom Herbst)
Weight: 0.95 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 5.8+/6.7mm
Clarity: SI to Included, crown veil, crystalline inclusions (“sugar”)
Color: Very slightly brownish-orange
Treatment: Unknown
Origin: Unknown

ORDERING: Please refer to item # HSGF95

 

This stone, in truth, was a bit of a disappointment to me. Hessonite (sometimes referred to as “cinnamon stone”) can range in color from muddy brownish-orange, to a nearly spessartite Fanta orange. This stone definitely can be called orange or burnt-orange, with only the slightest hint of brown. Some internal texture also gives the stone a sort of molten lava feel. However, when forming the crown, a veil appeared on the table, forcing me to cut the table deeper and deeper. I never could cut the veil completely out, and so I was left with a lightly included stone, featuring a large table. For convenience, I kept this gemstone in my display case with all of the others, and without fail, every time I showed them off, everybody seemed to comment on what a beautiful colored stone this was! Because of this I figured I might as well put it up for sale as a “bargain” stone.

Note: Not very “sparkly” but still quite “pretty”.

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Round Sapphire (Umba)

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Standard Round Brilliant
Weight: 0.95 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 5.8mm
Clarity: SI, crystalline dots????
Color: Light/Medium slightly purplish-blue, BRIGHT!
Treatment: Unknown—assume heat treated
Origin: Umba region, Tanzania

ORDERING: Please specify item# SAPF95ub

 

This stone has a very lovely indigo/purplish-blue color. It does have some fine eye visible inclusions, but they are overwhelmed by the brightness and flash of this gem. This stone was one of those pleasant surprises. I almost passed on cutting the rough, because of the inclusions, but once trimmed up, I discovered the center was rather clean. I proceeded with optimism, but have to admit that I was taken aback when it came off the dop. The color was so beautiful that I considered keeping this one for myself. If my wife did not already have so many loose stones waiting to be set, I probably would have! This is a great opportunity to get a very fine colored sapphire at a bargain price. You won’t be disappointed!

Note: The stone is a bit nicer and more saturated in person than suggested by the photos. The photos do convey a bit of the brightness and fire!

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Pear Tsavorite Garnet

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Brilliant Pear 1.197 by Jeff Graham
Weight: 0.60 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 5??/??mm
Clarity: SI, light veils
Color: Top-Tippy-Tippity-Top stoplight green
Treatment: None
Origin: Tanzania

ORDERING: Please refer to item # TSVF60

 

The color of this gem is awesome, awesome, awesome! It looks every bit as beautiful as fine deep emerald. This is true tsavorite green garnet, and does show as red on a Chelsea filter. If it doesn’t sell, I’ll have a custom piece fabricated with this stone—but at the listed price, this stone should sell quickly. There are a couple of fine veils in the stone, that can just be seen by eye in the proper lighting. However, this stone is SOOOOO bright and SOOOOO gorgeous in color, that these really have no impact at all on this stone’s beauty.

Note: My camera’s sensor does not like to photograph tsavo green. The actual color is less blue, and more true green, with absolutely no yellow undertone.

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Round Mali Garnet

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Tour/Top Round Brilliant by Jeff Graham
Weight: 0.70 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 5.1mm
Clarity: VS+, minimal veil
Color: Greenish-gold in incandescent, Goldish-green in fluorescent
Treatment: None
Origin: Mali, Africa

This beautiful Mali garnet is one of those stones whose color is nearly impossible to describe. In incandescent light, the stone appears to be almost golden. In fluorescent light the stone takes on more of a chartreuse tone. All the while, this gem exhibits all the color flash one would expect from well-cut Mali garnet.

Note: The girdle on this stone is just a bit on the thick side, but not so thick as to cause any difficulty when having it set.

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Diamond Checker Tourmaline

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Flutter by Jeff Graham
Weight: 1.55 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: ??mm
Clarity: IF, 10x loupe clean
Color: Fuchsia pink
Treatment: Unknown
Origin: Unknown

This killer tourmaline was cut from a thin watermelon nodule with a fuscia center and a green rind. Because the nodule was rather thin, the green rind had to be cut away completely to form the gem’s outline. The end result was nothing short of stunning. The play of light on this stone is beautiful, and the various facets twinkle on and off as the stone is rocked back and forth.

Note: This stone is no longer available (It was snatched up by the wife of an Ophthalmologist and an avid gemstone enthusiast!)

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Round Checker Topaz

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Sundial by Jeffrey Hunt
Weight: 9.50 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 12.5mm
Clarity: SI, small veil (see photo), almost eye clean
Color: Very pale ice blue
Treatment: Unknown
Origin: Unknown

ORDERING: Please specify item# TOPF905lb

 

This large topaz was an original test cut of an unproven design by Jeff Hunt, entitled “Sundial”. The design can be found online in the Faceting Designs section of the Gemology Project:   www.GemologyProject.com. The cut resulted in a gemstone with a surprising degree of scintillation and dispersion for topaz. This stone is a very pale blue–similar to pale aqua. Although the treatment status of this rough is unknown, it is likely unheated/irradiated, based upon the light saturation of the blue color. As can be seen in the photo, a small veil remained in the finished gem; however, this is barely noticeable by eye.

Note: This is the original test cut of a Jeff Hunt original design (kicker: I got to name the design!)

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Checkerboard Spessartite Garnet

Faceter: Dave Dawson
Pattern: Bug Barion Egg by Marco Voltolini
Weight: 2.65 carats (to the nearest .05 carat)
Size: 8.0/7.0+mm
Clarity: SI1 to SI2 (veils)
Color: Rich slighty reddish-orange (slight brown tint)*
Treatment: None
Origin: Nigeria

ORDERING: Please refer to item #SPSF265

 

Attention gemstone collectors!  Have you always wanted to add a nice spessartite to your collection, but found the cost to be prohibitive?  Well here is your chance to have a beautifully-colored, custom-cut spess at a bargain price!  When I began to cut this stone, I discovered a veil that I had not initially noted–one of the perils of faceting alluvial rough.  The veil is most prominent right in the culet, and fades as it swirls upward upward through the crown.  Fortunately the high refractive index of spessartite garnet, combined with the checkerboard crown, both go a long way toward minimizing the appearance of the inclusions.  Even so, I felt that the inclusions were just noticeable enough, that I would list this stone at a price designed to sell.

Note:  *The color in person has a slight brown cast–more in fluorescent than incandescent or sunlight.  It is less red than the photos suggest.  I don’t usually like to alter the colors that come out of my camera, but I had to adjust these pics to be closer to what the “eye” sees–the second set of photos have been altered to be more “true”.  We will try to supply additional pics upon request.