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Pink Sapphire! Emergent Phenomenon
Pink Sapphire - Emergent Phenomenon

Emergent Phenomenon - design by Arya Akhavan

When I first saw this I thought - "hmm OK, standard looking triangle". Upon cutting I thought "Wow". This is one of the brightest designs I have ever seen. Arya is an accomplished designer and the myriad internal reflections make this one of my new favourite cuts.

No retouching or colour modification (or dust spot removal!)

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Swiss Lab Grown Sapphire 8.55mm
2.70ct

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Ruby - Lucifer Cut
Lithium Tantalate! Brilliant Rectangular Cut

Lucifer - design by Jack Rowland

The devil you say! Lucifer is also known as the light bearer. I don't think I could have come up with a better name for this fiery gem. This is a super nice triangle. It is bright, has lots of action. Also very unusual with it's asymmetric crown - the twisted triangle concept.

No retouching or colour modification (or dust spot removal!)

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Swiss Lab Grown Ruby 7.1h x 9.1mm w
3.15ct

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Lithium Tantalate - Brilliant Rectangular Cut
Lithium Tantalate! Brilliant Rectangular Cut

Lithium Tantalate is a labgrown ceramic occasionally used in specialised semiconductor sensors. Very rare this piece is a legacy of the soviet defence industry. With a high refractive index (2.2) similar to that of diamond and crazy high dispersion - three times diamond's this is a very attractive material. With such high dispersion one sees rainbows in direct light. Super - If you can get any!

The stone is cut with a brilliant pavilion (bottom) and a step cut crown.

No retouching or colour modification (or dust spot removal!)

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Lithium Tantalate 8.6 x 6.2mm
4.45ct
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Ruby - Sweetheart Cut
Ruby - SweetheartCut

Sweetheart is a classic heart shaped cut by the noted designer - the late Jeff Graham. This would look nice as a single stone in a pendant or large ring.

The stone is cut with a brilliant pavilion (bottom). Ruby is a dark stone, however this size and cut gives blood red flashes in direct light. Gemstone photography is awkward - the stone is a deeper blood red than the images show - rather gothic really.

No retouching or colour modification (or dust spot removal!)

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Swiss Lab Grown Ruby 10.9mm high, 10.45mm wide
4.75ct

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Citrine- Hanami
Citrine Gemstone, Hanami Cut

Another interesting design by Marco Voltolini. 'Hanami' is modelled on a cherry blossom. A set of tiers is left frosted with the 'petals' polished. Cut in light yellow natural citrine

Photo taken in natural light - no retouching or colour modification (or dust spot removal!)

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Natural Citrine 8.3mm diameter
1.65ct
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Champagne Sapphire - Sweetheart
Champagne Sapphire - Sweetheart Cut
Sweetheart is a classic heart shaped cut by the noted designer - the late Jeff Graham.

Photo taken in natural light - no retouching or colour modification (or dust spot removal!)

Swiss Lab Grown Sapphire 10.5mm high, 10.8mm wide
5.45ct
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Amethyst - Daffodil Cut
Amethyst - Daffodil Cut

Another slightly unorthodox cut. The design is by Marco Voltolini - unusual in being hexagonal - though this does make it easier to set. The lowest tier of facets on the crown (top) are frosted to enhance the petal effect.

Photo taken in natural light - no retouching or colour modification (or dust spot removal!)

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Natural Amethyst 9.6mm point to point
2.60ct
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Amethyst - Cube Illusion Cut
Amethyst - Cube Illusion Cut

An unusual and rather difficult cut. Reminds me of an Escher drawing, when moved the central cube appears and disappears.

This particular cut is surprisingly tricky, I went through a number of stones before I got it right. It took so long that I am unlikely to do another for some time.

Photo taken in natural light - no retouching or colour modification (or dust spot removal!)

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Natural Amethyst 9-9.1 mm high
2.14ct

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Pink Sapphire - Rand's Cut Corner Rectangle
Pink Sapphire - Rand's Cut Corner Rectangle

Design by Dan Clayton for the U.S. Facet Cutters Guild competition in 2010. This is one of my favourite cuts and straightforward to set as a pendant or ring.

Photo taken in natural light - no retouching or colour modification (or dust spot removal!)

Swiss Lab Grown Sapphire 11 x 8 mm
6.40ct

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Pink Sapphire - Alien Outpost Cut
Pink Sapphire - Alien Outpost Cut

'Alien Outpost' by Greg Glenn. I do like trillion cuts.

Swiss Lab Grown Sapphire 8 mm high
4.10ct

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Padparadscha Sapphire - Alien Outpost Cut
Padparadscha Sapphire - Alien Outpost Cut

The cut is 'Alien Outpost' by Greg Glenn - a classic gemstone designer. 49 facets optimized for sapphire. This stone was very slowly cut to minimise sub-surface damage, mostly on 3000 grit, pre-polished on 8000 grit and finished on 100,000 grit using a ceramic lap for maximum sparkle and flatness.

A very bright and relatively large stone I feel this would make a stunning pendant even in a minimalist setting.

Swiss Lab Grown Sapphire 10mm by 10mm
5.5ct

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Pink Sapphire - Sweetheart Cut
Pink Sapphire - Sweetheart Cut

Sweetheart is a classic heart shaped cut by the noted designer - the late Jeff Graham.

Looks stunning in this very simple silver bar setting which really shows the stone off. So little metal touches the stone that it really flashes in sunlight.

Swiss Lab Grown Sapphire 9.3 mm high
5.70ct

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