Brilliantly Cut

I love my crystals in their raw state. I find it awe inspiring to see the natural crystalline structure of uncut gems. I have a confession to make, though, I have a weakness for a well cut coloured gemstone. 

         

   (smoky quartz, citrine, garnet, amethyst, pink tourmaline, swiss blue topaz, peridot)    

Have I mentioned that I can be a little self-indulgent? Well, these are some of my collection of cut coloured stones. As you can see, there are a variety of colours and cuts. Call me boring, but I love a good round brilliant. This collection contains mainly round brilliants in several sizes, some oval brilliant cut, some princess cuts and some step cuts also known as emerald cuts.

I have another confession to make. I find it very difficult to source well cut gemstones on the East Coast. I have mine shipped from the West Coast where I studied and am familiar with the dealers. In fact, I just started buying from a former classmate who is now dealing in cut stones and pearls. It comes as no surprise, he was the undisputed king of our gemology class. He went on to win some big gemology awards.

I don’t really care for cabachons, I’ll pick one up at the odd time but they are certainly not my favourite cut.

       

       

That being said, I saw this rutilated quartz cabachon at the most recent gem and mineral show and it’s golden rutile crystals were calling my name. I just couldn’t resist its charms. Luckily I didn’t have to!

Now to find some well cut tourmalinated quartz…