Dangerous Feathers

Posted on May 25, 2017 in Gemcutting, Journal, Recut & Repair | No Comments

Gemstone repair is one of the services I offer to the jewelry trade. All gemstones (diamond included) will take wear over time, especially if they’re used in rings. Happily, the great majority of the stones can be repaired with minimal loss. But occasionally the damage done cannot be removed. For example: I recently received an […]

Recut Project: Untreated Yellow Sapphire Round

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 in Gemcutting, Recut & Repair, Transformations | No Comments
Recut Project: Untreated Yellow Sapphire Round

All large sapphires are rare. In today’s market, untreated sapphires of any fine color are very rare indeed. Sizable round, untreated, fine color sapphires? Well, suffice to say that they’re almost impossible to source when you want one. That’s why I invested in this large, untreated yellow sapphire at the AGTA show in Tucson this […]

Spessartite Garnet Recutting Project

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 in Gemcutting, Journal, Recut & Repair | No Comments
Spessartite Garnet Recutting Project

Last month I received a very large spessartite garnet from one of my wholesale brokers — over 18ct! Spessartite this large is rather rare, but because of the cut and obvious inclusions, it just wasn’t selling for him. So, after some discussion, we decided the stone would be best recut to a more salable shape […]

Recut Project: Yellow Sapphire Square Cushion

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 in Journal, Recut & Repair, Transformations | No Comments
Recut Project: Yellow Sapphire Square Cushion

I just wrapped up a fun recutting project. A client needed a 6mm square cushion yellow sapphire with fine color, high clarity and untreated (if possible). I was able to find a badly proportioned square at Tucson this year and was reassured by the vendor it’s untreated. I’ll be sending the stone to the AGL […]

Green Zircon Recut

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 in Gemcutting, Gemology, Recut & Repair | No Comments
Green Zircon Recut

About a month ago, a client contacted me with a special project for his wife. He wanted to make a custom pendant for her using a gemstone that was both unusual and suited her as a geologist. After some discussion, we settled on green zircon. Zircon is both a visually interesting gemstone and an important […]

Smokey Quartz Recut

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 in Gemcutting, Recut & Repair, Transformations | No Comments

Recut Smokey Quartz trilliant When I introduced myself to a jeweler, I like to explain the difference between my gemcutting and what is more commonly seen in the trade.  I like to point out the fact that all of my stones are designed to be mounted.  In choosing designs, I avoid sharp corners, overly thin […]