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#JOTW A 5ct OEC Finds a New Home and Some TLC

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I love the detailed story of your recut process, and I think it is very special that you got to see the diamond in each stage as it was being recut, talk to your lapidary artist, and have such intricate input into the final result! And to do it all in one day while you were hanging out and checking in on the magic... it's the ultimate adventure!! If Disney had a diamond theme park! :mrgreen2:

Few questions...

  • What did you do in between each stage? Were you checking out jewelry, wandering around, working?
  • Did you take photos of the "in-between" phases of the diamond?



IMO this is the round petal or "bubbly" flower pattern. Very few OECs have the cut or symmetry to achieve this. You can see it with a tad more rounding of the petals here:

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The "bubbly" or round petal flower pattern is similar in cut to yours, but with a smaller table so it halts the petals before they elongate.

I think of these as the pinwheel pattern which is more typical of early OECs or somewhat disorganized OECs, and some OMCs. You can see the facets under the table don't look like a flower at all, there is no tapering or inconsistent tapering before the table ends. .

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@Polyhex Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Your photos and descriptions of the different styles are far better than mine. I know there can be some strong feelings about how these different flavors are named, and I'm so glad you've sorted it out for us. :)

That photo of your OEC is just fantastic! :love::love::love: Do you have a thread on it?

I'd heard the "bubbly" term before but hadn't been able to fit it to a particular style. I'm going to bring that photo up again because it's very close to how our OEC looked before the recut. It's also going to help explain what we were aiming to do in Stage 3 of the recut.

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You can see the lowers are cut so they are just peeking out from under the table and they do start to create a flower. This diamond is a precision cut so all eight lowers are cut to exactly the same length within 1%. Our OEC had a 5% variation in lower half length so we had a couple that looked like this, a couple that stuck out a little more, and four that were too short to be seen.

Interestingly if you were to tilt the top of this diamond away from you, a 3D effect would expose more of the top lowers and hide the bottom lowers. You would see a much stronger flower at the top, but none at at the bottom. So if you rock the diamond back and forth the flower pattern gets weaker and then stronger, and changes position. This effect can be almost mesmerizing and very beautiful.

Our doomed Plan A in Stage 2 was to open up the table exposing more of those lower half facets and thus create a stronger flower. Stage 3 was to slightly increase the length of the two shortest lowers to reduce our 5% variation and make sure all eight of them extended out under the table. We all thought this stage would be far the easiest of the three stages. Turns out we were wrong!
 

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I love the detailed story of your recut process, and I think it is very special that you got to see the diamond in each stage as it was being recut, talk to your lapidary artist, and have such intricate input into the final result! And to do it all in one day while you were hanging out and checking in on the magic... it's the ultimate adventure!! If Disney had a diamond theme park! :mrgreen2:

Few questions...

  • What did you do in between each stage? Were you checking out jewelry, wandering around, working?
  • Did you take photos of the "in-between" phases of the diamond?

It was a great adventure, and we did have a very enjoyable day. However it didn't all get finished that day. Plan A hadn't worked out as well as we hoped, the flower petal pattern was a little stronger but still not enough to be seen by eye. To achieve this David and I had to come up with Plan B.

I completely forgot to take photos during the stages, but it wasn't really necessary. For example once our cutter finished work on the crown we never touched it again. It has stayed exactly as it is now.

This all happened during the pandemic, and before LA became such a hot spot. We did do a lot of masked wandering around and window shopping but we never ventured inside. Fortunately outdoor dining was still permitted so we had a very long lunch at a place that actually spaced their tables well apart. =)2

Wow so fascinating! Thanks for letting us be part of this journey and learn from you! And of course, a stunning ring!

Thank you so much. I'm so happy you like the ring.

I'm really enjoying reading your story. Could you speak to how you got insurance for the recut?

We didn't have our own insurance for the recut. We did have a talk with David about risk, and I asked in his experience what was the risk of anything bad happening, one in hundred, or one in a thousand? He said it was more like one in a thousand. That was reassuring, and given we bought the diamond from David we felt he wouldn't say that unless he was very confident we'd be OK.

When we first met with the cutter he put our diamond on a machine I think was called a polariscope. It measures the stresses that are trapped inside the diamond, the higher the stress, the more risk. He let us view our stone in the machine and showed us how it had a fairly low stress level, and it would be OK to proceed. He also put a piece of rough on the machine and showed us how it was absolutely filled with stress. He had declined to cut that piece of rough. :eek-2:
 

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Thank you for the info! That is pretty cool that the level of stress in a diamond can be measured.
 
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To cut the story short, David kindly put our OEC in a temporary setting so DW could wear it for a few days for evaluation. It didn't take very long before she told me she wasn't going to be wearing the GIA cert on her finger, so to heck with the "Old European" designation. I had promised her a flower petal pattern, and that's what she wanted. :love:

By this point in the process David K had become a flower petal pattern expert, so when I called him we both agreed on exactly what needed to be done. Three weeks later our new plan was executed to perfection, and DW was a very, very happy lady! We opened a nice bottle of wine that night. :love::love::love:

Lastly a big shout out to Amy and David, without them none of this would have been possible!
 

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Beautiful story and the love between you and your wife is obvious! ❤️ DK and Amy are great! They’ve done several pieces for me as well! ❤️ Hope your wife continues to wear it and see the love In it everyday. Will she wear a band with it? If so, I’d love to see more pics.
 

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Beautiful story and the love between you and your wife is obvious! ❤️ DK and Amy are great! They’ve done several pieces for me as well! ❤️ Hope your wife continues to wear it and see the love In it everyday. Will she wear a band with it? If so, I’d love to see more pics.

Yes, 40 years of wedded bliss! :mrgreen2:

I agree Amy and DK are definitely good people! Sorry, no band pics, DW isn't a fan of bands.

PS. Where is your wonderful heart emoji coming from? It doesn't seem to be in my list of smilies. :cry2:
 

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Would you mind sharing what the final Sarine looked like and the name of your cutter? I'm truly fascinated by the nuts and bolts of your recut process.
 
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Congratulations to you both on 40 years!
(congratulations on JOTW, too)

Thank you! I have long admired your extraordinarily talented setting design skills. :)

So so so beautiful!!!

Thanks a lot @Mreader!

Please join me in congratulating @prs on 40 years of marriage and the Jewel of the Week! :kiss2:


Thank you so much Kayti!!!

Wow JOTW, it's an honor to be included in such exalted company! :dance::dance::dance:
 
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