Rare Colorado Champagne/Peach Topaz

Champagne/Peach Topaz

Facet rough purchased from Colorado Rocks and miner Amanda Adkins

7mm Triangle Split Barion

I don’t believe in photo enhancing the colors of gems I post, and yet my camera doesn’t capture the pink/peach of this stone. In re-evaluating the color I must call this a Champagne color with slight pink undertones
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Polar Nights

Experimental Cut using Willie Klaja’s “Polar Nights” design.  Originally was going to perform this cut in CZ, but had a small leftover piece of Smokey Quartz I purchased from Amanda Adkins so I decided to use it

For Sale

Gem design by Willie Klaja.
Gem design by Willie Klaja.

Different Angle of Polar Nights

The stats
The stats

To Be, and Then Not

To be……..

All Sunday afternoon, bits and pieces of time on Monday, late Wednesday, and the Table completed Thursday evening JUST in time to take to the NJ/NY Gem Show.

Bandit design by Willie Klaja with a cool dark zone running through the gem.  Much study and careful consideration as to how to best use this piece from nature.  Attached is a collage of the process all the way to the finished stone and the discovery of a terrible chip on the girdle that works itself down into the pavilion.  Won’t be offered at the show, but I’m taking it to show Amanda Adkins anyway.  It’s an interesting stone, and I will attempt to re-cut it into another shape once my mood is better..

Bandit Rough ready for the sawBandit dopped pavilion startedBandit Pavilion polished/ready for transfer

All is well here...it seemed
All is well here…it seemed

Kinda cool looking!  Success?

Not sure how, but it chipped on both ends of pavilion and up into the girdle
Not sure how, but it chipped on both ends of pavilion and up into the girdle

Champagne Citrine “Fantasy Cushion” Completed

 I’m guilty that process pictures of this stone are lacking. 

I’ve placed myself on a deadline to get some gems completed to display at prospector/miner Amanda Adkins booth during the NYNJ Gem Show on the 12th, 13th, and 14th of this month.  She has been kind enough to allow me to do so!  All of the gemstones I’m bringing are from rough she mined on Mt. Antero.  See the show “Prospectors” on the Weather Channel  to see what she and her miner companions go through to mine the rough that gems such as these come from.

I present the completed Fantasy Cushion in Champagne Quartz:

Fantasy Cushion
Fantasy Cushion

The Stats

Fantasy Cushion (in Champagne Quartz)

Had planned on doing a matching pair of “Pointers” in this material from Amanda Adkins.  Upon the start of roughing in the second pavilion I determined that too much material would be wasted.

I’m going with a Fantasy Cushion cut from Diagrams for Faceting Vol. 2 (Glenn and Martha Vargas)  Previously published in Lapidary Journal August 1979

Pavilion main facets starting to take shape
Pavilion main facets starting to take shape

The Design

Pointers in Champagne Quartz “SOLD”

Champagne Quartz

Incandescent Light

Gem Design by Willie Klaja

Rough from Amanda Adkins at Colorado Rocks

The Stats
The Stats

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Champagne Quartz
Champagne Quartz

Champagne Anyone? (quartz, that is)

Citrine Quartz

Rough from Amanda Adkins at Colorado Rocks

Gem design “Pointers” by Willi Klaja

Pictures of the pavilion preformed in and  polished.  It is now in the transfer jig and I would work on the crown tomorrow except “Prospectors” on the Weather Channel debuts tomorrow night at 9pm EST.

stone pavilion main facets roughed in
stone pavilion main facets roughed in
stone pavilion facets and girdle are polished here
stone pavilion facets and girdle are polished here

What appear to be chips on this stone are actually reflections coming up from the pavilion.  This is one of those stones that makes me excited because it’s already a sparkler and it’s still on the pavilion dop.  It looks like a Smokey here but in person it’s golden.  Stay tuned!

“Sharp” Smitrine Completed

Again the “Smitrine” rough from Amanda Adkins at Colorado Rocks does not disappoint.

The cut was designed by Willie Klaja.  His website: http://customgemstonestudio.com/custom-gemstones/insignia/

I skipped photographing the transfer process for this stone (the cut proceeded too quickly…bummer?).  I am not a photographer…these photos don’t do justice.

This stone along with “Insignia”  and a few others will be offered at Amanda’s booth while she’s at the NYNJ Gem and Mineral Show

Amanda and her fellow miners can be seen on the upcoming series “Prospectors” on the Weather Channel

Email me at:  TheGemstoneMan@gmail.com with any questions

Under Florescent Light
Under Florescent Light
Incandescent Lighting
Incandescent Lighting
Natural Light
Natural Light
Night Time Kitchen Light on my business card
Night Time Kitchen Light on my business card
Crown pre-polish step on the dop
Crown pre-polish step on the dop
Large close up.  Dust galore
Large close up. Dust galore
The Stats
The Stats

Insignia Smitrine Completed (Rough to Finished)

Photos under Florescent, Incandescent, and Natural light

I’m not a professional photographer (very evident) but in person this one is beautiful!

The final totals
The final totals

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