Precision Faceting a “Story Gemstone" PART 5
In this article, we tell one more stone story, give you tips on working with a precision facetor, and finally unveil the pictures and videos of the finished gemstones.
Sometimes gemstones come loose from their jewelry settings and are lost. It is recommended that jewelry that is worn daily is taken to your professional jeweler once a year to be expertly cleaned and checked for gemstone secureness. This was not the case for Linda; she had received a solitaire sapphire ring for her sixteenth birthday and had worn it for eight years straight, everyday. One day while she was driving home from work, she noticed that the sapphire gemstone was no longer in the ring. After days of searching, she was resolved that the stone was lost for good and that she would have to replace it. The replacement sapphire became a challenge for her. When she was sixteen, her favorite color was yellow and her parents had bought a yellow sapphire as Linda’s September birthstone. After visiting several jewelry stores, it became apparent to Linda that it would be difficult to find that same exact color. Linda then started searching the Internet for yellow sapphires and eventually found my website and saw that I sold rough sapphire gemstones of many colors and would also custom facet the sapphire. This started a long discussion with Linda and me about the color of yellow and the pleochroic nature of sapphires. Sapphires can be two different colors based on what direction you look at them. This fact, along with the discovery that Linda’s sapphire was not yellow, but gold, took some time to resolve the color challenge. We do not all see or define colors in the same visual experience or terms. What was yellow to Linda was gold to me and her jeweler. I found and interesting Songea Sapphire that was yellow on one axis and orange on the other axis. When I turned it so that the colors blended, the sapphire exhibited the color that Linda had been searching. The design was easy, Linda wanted a standard round brilliant to fit in her birthday ring. The stone was cut and Linda was amazed by the sapphire’s brightness and performance when it was faceted by a precision facetor compared to her previous gemstone. Linda decided to have the ring checked by her jeweler once a year for gemstone secureness so her new story stone would last her a lifetime.
In the previous articles, we described the process for having a precision facetor cut your story stone. I hope that I have described the benefits of working with a precision facetor in a positive fashion while not insulting anyone in the gemstone industry.
As with anything magnificent, you have to take the time to communicate your desires and vision to the craftsperson and artist. I hope that this series of articles will help you do just that. I have just a few more recommendations for working with a precision facetor before we get to the pictures of the finished examples of the story stones.
My company is called Hashnu Stones & Gems; we are a boutique gemstone faceting and lapidary studio providing contemporary and unique gemstones. We combine classic design and old-world craftsmanship with a modern vision delivered with state-of-the-art faceting equipment. Using our network of gemstone miners and brokers, the latest in faceting technology, and in-house developed sculptural techniques, we create one-of-a-kind gemstones for the individual, jeweler, or collector who wants to reveal the beauty of their gemstone as well as express their own individuality. We create twelve to fourteen Story Stones a year. Please contact us via our website and we will be happy to work with you:
Additionally, we recommend the following friends and partners.
Adam Pollack: Gemstone Broker
At AP Colored Stones, we have a love for the rare, the exotic, and the exceptional. As you browse, you will find an array of unusual and unique gems at an extraordinary value. As you explore, you will soon discover a world of beauty and imagination. It is here that you will find an array of Hashnu gemstones.
Jim Perkins: Gemstone Designer and Lapidary Teacher
Why would we recommend another lapidary artist? 1. We love his designs. 2. We know Jim puts quality first. 3. If we cannot fit your custom gemstone into our schedule, we still want you to get the very best.
Ruth Rosenfeld: Jeweler
Ruth page on Hashnu site
Ruth Rosenfeld designs and fabricates exquisite contemporary jewelry in her Bucks County, Pennsylvania, studio. It is here that Ruth uses her fine gold smithing techniques to create classic modern jewelry by using different colored metals, layering with textures, and featuring Hashnu gemstones.
Peter Lees: Jeweler
Explore the world of Peter Lees Jewelry. Be prepared to see things you have never seen before and to imagine the possibilities of what could be. Experience for yourself why he has won three prestigious AGTA Spectrum Awards. We love working with and cutting gemstones for Peter Lees’ jewelry creations.
Buffalo Craft CO: Jeweler
Incorporating unusual textures, coupled with contrasting metals and a dark patina, gives his work a saturated and rich appearance. His passion for creating handcrafted one-of-a-kind jewelry is amplified when working with your Hashnu gemstone.
5.1 Rhodolite Garnet 18.2 ct. - Faceted by Hashnu Stones & Gems Studio - Design is Star Trek Trillion by Jim Perkins
5.2 Aquamarine 7.5 ct. - Faceted by Hashnu Stones & Gems Studio - Design is Cipolla by Marco Voltolini
5.3 Clear Quartz 3.9 ct. - Faceted by Hashnu Stones & Gems Studio - Design is Triple Table Variation by Mark Oros
5.4 Oro Verde Quartz 28.2 ct. - Faceted by Hashnu Stones & Gems Studio - Design is Sunshine Stone by Mark Oros
5.5 Opal 21 ct. - Faceted by Hashnu Stones & Gems Studio - Design is Based on Fred Van Sant FVS-226 Design
5.6 Sapphire 1.2 ct. - Faceted by Hashnu Stones & Gems Studio - Design is Beyond My Imagination by Jim Perkins
5.7 Opal Video - Faceted by Hashnu Stones & Gems Studio - Design is Based on Fred Van Sant FVS-226 Design