Basic knowledge of cutting coloured stones
The term 'coloured stones' refers to all gems with the exception of diamonds.
The cutting of coloured stones is called lapidary work. The cutter is known as a lapidary or faceter. The cutter must take into consideration how to get the best characteristics out of the stone, such as depth of colour, pleochroism (different colours viewed at different angles in the stone), and to get a good sized finished gem by sometimes following the shape of the rough stone.
Transparent stones, once roughly shaped, are faceted on horizontal grinding wheels. The stone is cemented onto the end of a metal stick, usually 10-15 cm long, called dops. The dops are guided at an angle related to the facet being cut, following a set pattern of selected angles.
The horizontal cutting disc can be made from lead, bronze, copper, tin etc and the polishing powders sprayed on can be corundum, diamond or titanium carbine.
Natural Untreated Sapphire & Gems
Not only should your gemstone be a pleasure to look upon, the deeper factors to consider is how well cut it is. Has the cutter done everything to bring the stone to life - cut and clarity.
Clarity for brightness: cutting for good symetry to the eye, also bring out the best available colour and light return.
As we specialise in untreated gemstones; striving to supply the best of what nature herself has made, this makes the gem more valuable and rare.
Not enhanced - the enhancements so common in todays market are rendering the gem to lesser value. Gem Hunters prefer to sell untreated gems of beauty, although we occasionally have heated sapphire due to the preference of buyers, these are stated in the descriptions. We strive to only have the best available.
Good sapphire and good gemstones in general are becoming more scarce and prices of rough and cut stones are reflecting that day by day, good tourmaline rough is almost impossible to get at the moment, with rough prices almost mirroring cut stone prices. Garnet, other than green is still available including nice umba stones in reasonable sizes. Zircons in good sizes and colour are good value still. We do all we can to source good quality stone at the most affordable prices.All quality gemstones at present are a good investment, as prices in the near future will begin to soar.
Gemstones More Than Visual Pleasure
When considering a gemstone to buy, we all look for the 4 C’s: Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat. Meaning a desirable gem needs: good colour that is bright, well cut and weighs big enough to view.
A new “C” to consider is Cure.
The feeling we get from wearing one of Nature’s accomplishments, a jewel made in the earth and brought to the surface. The Astrologers over the centuries researched which gem affects us in certain ways, proving gems can help us with happiness, health and general wellbeing. Having close contact to these special minerals and the power used to form the crystal is still there within the gem.
Healing powers and properties of gemstones:
Blue sapphire is a powerful amulet, healing anguish that lies within the wearer.
Yellow sapphire protects from harming outside influences.
Emerald is a gentle nature stone that deals with love kindness and happiness.
Tourmaline grounds us to what is real and cleanses the inside body by clearing out toxins.
Garnets give you confidence to succeed, a popular talisman and protective stone.
Citrine looks after you bringing wealth and joy to the wearer while protecting and building confidence.