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VividRed

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915FA1F9-F69D-41ED-9C0F-9B08118E34CA.jpeg found this gem (pun intended) on instagram today. Textbook definition of a window and what NOT to buy. I believe it is a colorless sapphire. Let’s see who can top it!
 

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I feel the colorless sapphire was done with that window intentionally for a certain look. That’s a matter of taste. Not telling someone what not to buy.
The blue sapphire and the emerald were done that way for other reasons, and the window is a result of those decisions.
 

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I feel the colorless sapphire was done with that window intentionally for a certain look. That’s a matter of taste. Not telling someone what not to buy.
The blue sapphire and the emerald were done that way for other reasons, and the window is a result of those decisions.
I suspect the Hooker and Logan were cut to retain weight rather than for beauty, which is the case with many windowed gems. I am personally turned off by their windows because the concentration of color is only along the edges of these stones. For me, color trumps enormous size.

I think the only gems where I can personally accept a huge window are rose cut diamonds, because they have other aesthetic qualities that make them attractive, especially as side stones.
 

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I suspect the Hooker and Logan were cut to retain weight rather than for beauty, which is the case with many windowed gems. I am personally turned off by their windows because the concentration of color is only along the edges of these stones. For me, color trumps enormous size.

I think the only gems where I can personally accept a huge window are rose cut diamonds, because they have other aesthetic qualities that make them attractive, especially as side stones.
I thought I was ok with windows until I was hit with a set of windowed zircon melee. Now my rule is absolutely no windows and now I always state no windows, even if it can sometimes be hidden in the setting. I still think windows can be hidden and can be acceptable but it requires careful thought before commitment. Which I am now very careful of. Love rose cut diamonds as side stones.
 

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Yes , zircon should be well cut to show off their full beauty. There’s a bit more leeway with diamonds due to their high RI and fine luster. However a perfectly cut diamond is amazing, especially as melee.
 

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I think it all circles around to (of course) taste, the intended effect of the finished jewelry, and making those choices for an educated reason.
Totally different scenario of someone popping in with a windowed peice and asking if they have found a precision cut, top tier trade ideal specimen. Or most usually, “is it good?”
 

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I think it all circles around to (of course) taste, the intended effect of the finished jewelry, and making those choices for an educated reason.
Totally different scenario of someone popping in with a windowed peice and asking if they have found a precision cut, top tier trade ideal specimen. Or most usually, “is it good?”
Great point. That is the most common scenario (unfortunately). Very different from someone liking the aesthetic of a piece that was cut purposely to be "windowed".
 

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I feel the colorless sapphire was done with that window intentionally for a certain look. That’s a matter of taste. Not telling someone what not to buy.
The blue sapphire and the emerald were done that way for other reasons, and the window is a result of those decisions.
Good point and I didn’t think about it that way. The window is actually perfect and it could be combined with an interesting setting, although I admittedly know nothing about jewelry.
 

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Some old school diamonds are cut as tablets with some facets on the border - I will not protest...

- inlayed diamond mirror shards www
- nothing there www
- a blue window www
- FYI www

A couple of such IG items remind synchrotron screens - not so little slabs of defect-less diamond, that are not used in new devices (much that I know); surreal polish makes these invisible - spectacularly 'not there'.

No idea how many fans these diamonds have - likely more than one!
 
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The only windows I like are those in a house to let in all the light and sunshine. Otherwise I am so not a fan of windows. Especially those you can drive a truck through...

drivingthroughwindow.jpg

Not a fan of the portrait cut but no judgments on my part. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
 

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I disagree that’s a “classic window”
To me a window is a faceted area that’s cut poorly causing that see through effect. Not a flat culet. To be fair - portrait cuts like that are as see through as can be- but different than a windows
 

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I always assumed huge windows in gemstones sucked but I watched people on IG describe them in the Victorian period as intentional showing the finger under or through a gemstone as something sensual, teasing, and how they could be viewed erotically. I have a collection of antique gems with windows, I now see them in a completely different way, in fact, I now actually like and can appreciate the historical context of the windows in many of them....
 
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