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large hands
Jan 24, 2006


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.

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large hands
Jan 24, 2006


littlebluellama posted:

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

Thanks! Here's a couple different light sources.







the sapphire is around 2.5 carats I believe, wish I'd taken a picture of the rough stone before I had it cut, it was shaped like a shark tooth and had yellow and blue at the extremities.

large hands fucked around with this message at 03:32 on Aug 19, 2019

large hands
Jan 24, 2006


Xun posted:

drat that ring is badass! How did you find the rough?

There are places in the gemfields in central Queensland where you can pay to dig up a wheel barrow of dirt from the alluvial deposits and run it through a sluice looking for sapphire.

It's mostly a tourist thing and I'm pretty sure they toss lots of little rough sapphire chips into the sluice before you get there so everyone gets some little souvenirs. They were not expecting me to find that one and were pissed when I didn't take them up on their offer of $500 to sell it to them. Not sure of the worth of the sapphire but the ring is appraised for $10k Canadian. It's a platinum setting with 2x.33 carat colourless pear diamonds I bought loose.

large hands
Jan 24, 2006


I know right? I spent the rest of that trip with my eyes glued to the ground expecting to trip over gems. I can see how people get the fever. In Coober Pedy they told crazy stories about people finding opalised ammonites digging new driveways, it's almost enough to get you hooked.

large hands
Jan 24, 2006


Sun was shining so I took a photo of the rutilated quartz and gold pendant I got for my wife from a local jeweller a couple of years ago. It's about an inch and a half long but I need to get the mounts adjusted as it tends to hang to the side when worn.

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