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littlebluellama
Jun 18, 2013

I am kind, brave and deserve love.


heyyyy, gem thread. Have some not-so great images of a ring I just made from a fire opal I cut. I'm more used to working with tough stuff like quartz, so managed to chip it slightly while setting it. Can't really tell overall, though, and i'm pretty happy with it.




I think I may have posted these before, I thought they were ruby in zoisite. Got to try out a nice UV flashlight at my club's last gem show, seemed to confirm the ruby part (see potato quality image)



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littlebluellama
Jun 18, 2013

I am kind, brave and deserve love.


Scarodactyl posted:

Nice stones! Chipping an opal at some point is inevitable.
I was at that meeting with a raman spectrometer, for the record. We could scan it at the next meeting if you'd like confirmation. It looks a bit more like ruby in fuschite to me (possibly with kyanite) than ruby in zoisite.

Yeah, that would be cool. Next meeting or whenever you can bring it. I've also got some (I think) opaque epidote I found in the mountains. Be interesting to see if I have anything in my found-rather-than-bought collection that isn't quartz quartz and more quartz.

littlebluellama
Jun 18, 2013

I am kind, brave and deserve love.


large hands posted:

Thought I'd show off my wife's engagement ring I had made a few years back.

I found the centre sapphire gem hunting in Australia years before we met and had it cut there. It's an interesting one because it will change colour from golden yellow to emerald green to brownish olive green depending on the lighting. They're known as "wattle sapphires" in Australia. It's exceptionally clean and the cutter did a great job.



oh wow. That's really pretty. Do you have any pictures in the other lighting?

littlebluellama
Jun 18, 2013

I am kind, brave and deserve love.


Xun posted:

IT IS DONE



lovely!

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