San Francisco / San Diego Gem Cutter
A beautiful Topaz in a pinwheel design.
1.17ct Loliondo Spessartite Garnet
3.35ct Oregon Sunstone
.95ct Spessartite Garnet
Bytownite is a feldspar with a yellowish hue, and thanks to my man Bruce at Sierragems, I have a bunch of it. I decided to test out a princess cut with a small piece and am very happy with the result. What a sparkly eye catcher! You might have noticed that up until now I've not been a fan of tables. Well you can see from this gem why tables are important - the window in the cutlet is due to the lack of a table. I think tables are boring, but they do serve a purpose.
3.35ct Pink Tourmaline
Managed to land this guy in the Hudson after facing down a fracture that expanded during preforming, an absolute disaster of a transfer, and a chipped crown. On the positive side, I modified the pattern from a checkerboard cushion into a chevron cushion. Chevrons have special meaning for me since I was in the service.. Returned about 25% of the rough. I have about had my limit of included gem rough.. Only a precision cutter knows the heartbreak when discovering they have a huge fracture in the center of their beloved pink Tourmaline rough. Nevertheless this soldier will be set into a ring for myself as a testimony that we carry on despite our flaws.
4.05ct Rose Quartz
This rose quartz is cut in my favorite triangle dome design. I upgraded some of my faceting equipment and this sparkler is the result. I just love pink gemstones! This piece of rose quartz is very bright and the pastel pink looks fantastic in the shade where there is a high contrast. In the sun it turns into a silver flash (second photo from left). Quartz may not be the most prestigious of gemstones but a well cut quartz gem can be stunning. And the best part is that quartz is affordable. If this were a pink tourmaline it would cost 10x more! As a cutter I've grown to love quartz just as much as the more expensive gems. This one turned out so nice I think I'll stock up on the material. This is the perfect office worker gemstone because it looks so good indoors. Spend all your time inside? Look FABULOUS! :)
.69ct Green Tourmaline
Normally a closed-c axis Tourmaline is cut with very steep angles, but I wanted to incorporate the extinction into the final result. Having a 4-fold symmetry design resulted in a bow-tie effect (or for the really abstract: a reflected mountain). It occured to me that if I can find a blue tourmaline with a closed c, then I could make a BMW logo gem! Light reflected from the steeper angles on the c-axis has a darker olive green color. The more I look at this gem the more I like it. It's very sparkly and fun, and the way the extinction interplays with the green makes for an interesting story.
4.21ct Fire Opal
Now for something quite unusual - a Brazilian Fire Opal cut in a high dome design. The visual effect is stunning and versatile. Viewed from the pavilion, the design creates a unique 'ring of fire' (2nd photo) around the stone, framing the center point. From the crown side, the shape and reflections create interesting 'crescent moon' and 'winged mountain' effects (1st and 3d photo). This design was very labor intensive but worth it.
This Amethyst is from Uruguay and is cut in a traditional heart design. Modern heart designs include a indentation on the top of the heart, but this one does not. A traditional flat faceting machine cannot make a concave shape so the indentations are made using clever placement of facets at the top of the gem. I prefer this traditional approach to the heart design and love the deep purple Amethyst and high contrast effect. This gem looks great in ambient light and is a very bright deep purple in direct light. As usual none of my photos are touched up, however its difficult to get a good idea of how a gem looks through photographs. If you are interested in a gem please contact me to schedule a meeting where you can view them in person.
2.73ct Uruguayan Amethyst
This magnificent Uruguayan Amethyst is cut in a triangle facet round dome design. I love this design because every facet is a triangle! This little gem is gorgeous in direct light and takes on that characteristic deep purple in ambient light. Notice the butterfly in the 1st photo! A beautiful gem and a beautiful design. Be sure to click on the images for the best view.