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Porridge

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Point me in the right direction if this has been asked before, but I can''t find a thread. How do you evaluate cut on coloured stones? Are the guidelines the same as for diamonds? Are different parameters in use for different colours/grades etc? I presume you can''t use IdealScope or ASET?
 

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I''m not really sure what the rules are in comparison to diamonds. I''m sure that someone here will have some knowledge to share. I just look for a nice even cut, good proportions, no window, a pleasing color, not a lot of extinction, those types of things. I''m pretty sure Pricescope has some colored stone info on this site. I''ll check for you.
 

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You''re welcome. I noticed there was some info being discussed in this post as well today. It''s the one titled tilt window.

https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/window-when-stone-is-tilted.109957/
 

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Hi Porridge,
I don''t think that the cut of coloured stones can be evaluated along the same lines as that of diamonds. They have different optical properties, for one. I look for symmetry and the lack of windows. Other than that, it''s colour first for me!
 

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Good advice Harriet. I guess I just need to get out there and look at many, many stones! Ah, life is hard...
 

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Yeah colored stones are an entirely different world from diamonds in cut. There is well cut without windows, extinction, bowties, etc and there are not so well cut that may have any of those flaws that the well cut stones don''t have.
 

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Date: 3/16/2009 4:10:20 PM
Author: Porridge
Good advice Harriet. I guess I just need to get out there and look at many, many stones! Ah, life is hard...
Yes! Try to go to as many gems shows as you can. You''ll quickly learn to suss out the good, the bad, and the ugly. Where are you located, if you don''t mind my asking?
 

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Hi Porridge,

I evaluate colored stones based on their best face up view. I start with color and brilliance, and then I look for windowing, extinction, and symmetry. I also look at the stone in profile to assess pavilion bulge, if any, and check to see if the girdle is thin enough for the stone to be set into jewelry.

There are many custom cutters on this board who can take some of the cut guess work out for you, but there is a lot of pleasure to be derived in the hunt.

Have fun playing with gems!
 

Porridge

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Thanks Freke!

Harriet I''m in Ireland at the moment. Not much in the way of gem shows going on here. I''m moving over to California in July (for a few years, cos of FI''s job), so I should be well based there I think?!?

Coati you''re a mine of info, thanks a million
 

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Date: 3/16/2009 10:46:00 AM
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Hi Porridge,
I don''t think that the cut of coloured stones can be evaluated along the same lines as that of diamonds. They have different optical properties, for one. I look for symmetry and the lack of windows. Other than that, it''s colour first for me!
+1000

mz
 

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Date: 3/16/2009 8:29:34 PM
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You''re welcome Porridge! You''ll be my neighbor soon.
Sweet! We''ll have a Porridge Comes to Cali GTG and you can educate my wee blank canvas of a brain!
Seriously can''t wait to get out of this friggin rain and into the sun
 

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And even with colour, there''s so many nuances within it.
1. Saturation
2. Tone
3. Hue

I would like at least decent cutting, something that won''t detract from the beauty of the stone. The best way is to just get a lot of exposure to gemstones. Browse gem shows, read good gemmology books, check out the free course at www.acstones.com and visit some high quality coloured gemstone jewellers/stores.
 

coatimundi_org

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Date: 3/16/2009 8:59:25 PM
Author: Porridge
Date: 3/16/2009 8:29:34 PM

Author: coatimundi

You''re welcome Porridge! You''ll be my neighbor soon.
Sweet! We''ll have a Porridge Comes to Cali GTG and you can educate my wee blank canvas of a brain!

Seriously can''t wait to get out of this friggin rain and into the sun
hehe--We should!

Get outta the rain indeed! Let''s see, today it was sunny clear and cool--around 65 degrees. It should be warming up pretty soon!
 
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