shape
carat
color
clarity

What The Heck Is This Stone?

Discussion in 'Colored Gemstones' started by michellelynn9175, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. michellelynn9175
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    625
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2018
    by michellelynn9175 » Apr 17, 2019
    Once again, I’ve pulled out my loose stones I inherited and started playing. I’ve culled it down to the few that I can maybe set and enjoy. Nothing of much value, aside from sentimental. I honestly don’t know what half of them are. I do know there’s kunzite, Golden citrine, oroverde quartz, and rutilated quartz.
    EA53EA20-3DB8-442D-8B3F-D4C05ABD444A.jpeg
    Then there’s tanzanite, Mexican fire opal, and another citrine.
    C95EB8A8-3825-4826-9236-897C713E34E6.jpeg
    And a lineup of stuff I’m not sure about, except the lapis lazuli. The rest could be glass for all I know. I’m not exactly educated in this stuff, but none of it is precision cut.
    CD2EFD43-7BC8-4686-A539-00BE773A34F1.jpeg
    But what’s got me really stumped is this thing. I’ve had it for YEARS. Seriously. My Nanny died in 2011. And when I pulled it out of the closet today I noticed something. It was a different color! :confused2: I was so confused, but I knew someone over on wonderful PS would know what it was. :lol: Outside it’s a pinkish salmon mauve color, but inside it’s green. Well, in some lighting anyway. :confused: I showed my daughter and she just stood there, perplexed. That alone was worth it. She’s 12 so she’s NEVER left speechless. :lol-2:

    AF2EAA51-DC95-48D9-90D0-E87E5FEB33DE.jpeg 323C384C-A919-4E2C-9A95-45F24643D01D.jpeg
    Ok all you geniuses....go!
     
    eapj and JrJ like this.
  2. Rfisher
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    837
    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2013
    by Rfisher » Apr 17, 2019
    Fun stuff!
    Diaspore?
     
    michellelynn9175 likes this.
  3. michellelynn9175
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    625
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2018
    by michellelynn9175 » Apr 17, 2019
    I don’t even know what that is! :lol: Off to Google! :wavey:
     
  4. ilovegemstones
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    1,276
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2010
    michellelynn9175 likes this.
  5. lovedogs
    Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    7,206
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2014
    by lovedogs » Apr 17, 2019
    Yup diaspore!
     
    michellelynn9175 likes this.
  6. T L
    Super_Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    21,235
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2008
    by T L » Apr 17, 2019
    There’s really no way to tell 100% definitively from a photo, but if it’s any natural color change stone, I also vote diaspore.
     
    michellelynn9175 likes this.
  7. michellelynn9175
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    625
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2018
    by michellelynn9175 » Apr 17, 2019
    The stuff I read said green in natural light and champagne or raspberry in incandescent light. Mines backwards! Lol. Regardless, it’s really cool and I’m excited to find a setting for it!
     
  8. michellelynn9175
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    625
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2018
    by michellelynn9175 » Apr 20, 2019
    Well, I guess it doesn’t matter now. I took it out to measure, dropped it, and the entire corner sheared off. I am in tears!!!!! :cry2::cry2::cry2::cry2::cry2::cry2:
     
  9. doberman
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    1,381
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2012
    by doberman » Apr 20, 2019
    :-o I am so sorry!
     
    michellelynn9175 likes this.
  10. michellelynn9175
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    625
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2018
    by michellelynn9175 » Apr 20, 2019
    Thank you for that. I don’t know what it even was, natural or synthetic, and if it had any monetary value. It had sentimental value for sure though since it was my late grandmothers. The stone and the cut were so cool too. Ugh, I’m just heartbroken!!!
     
  11. Rfisher
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    837
    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2013
    by Rfisher » Apr 20, 2019
    Ooh. That does suck. I'm so sorry......
     
    michellelynn9175 likes this.
  12. michellelynn9175
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    625
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2018
    by michellelynn9175 » Apr 20, 2019
    Thanks :(2
     
  13. voce
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    1,440
    Joined:
    May 13, 2018
    by voce » Apr 20, 2019
    Sorry that happened to you. I would try to super glue the corner back on and put it in a protective setting.
     
  14. michellelynn9175
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    625
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2018
    by michellelynn9175 » Apr 20, 2019
    I left for the weekend, but when I get home I’ll search for the other piece and take pics. It’s a big chunk that came off
     
  15. Desertrose
    Shiny_Rock
    Trade

    Messages:
    231
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2016
    by Desertrose » Apr 20, 2019
    You might find it worth a recut...I just had a damaged stone recut by Dan Stair. He did an excellent job with a very difficult situation and it was only $100....
     
    voce and michellelynn9175 like this.
  16. T L
    Super_Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    21,235
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2008
    by T L » Apr 20, 2019
    It may be hard to recut that gem due to the fancy cutting work along the bottom of the stone. It’s not a traditional cut. You would end up having to cut the whole stone. I’m not sure though, a lapidary would have to evaluate. I’m thinking if the corner isn’t too huge, a bezel might cover it.
     
    Hivona likes this.
  17. michellelynn9175
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    625
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2018
    by michellelynn9175 » Apr 20, 2019
    I think a recut would be my only option. The way it broke, it came off at an angle and part of the table came with it.

    Thanks for the info @Desertrose ill look into that. I thought it would be way more expensive!
     
  18. michellelynn9175
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    625
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2018
    by michellelynn9175 » Apr 22, 2019
    89984F98-E412-4FD0-B78B-AECDCA5F5077.jpeg 76BF5874-D779-493C-AF55-199F4C318233.jpeg BFCD4FCF-7890-4B41-A644-9AB9C9B64123.jpeg 9768A74A-451A-4F34-8F67-50F7922839B8.jpeg
    I was gone all weekend but came home and searched for the corner. I can’t find any pieces aside from these tiny shards. Also, you never realize how gross your floor is until you’re crawling on it, inspecting every tiny fleck of anything. :lol:

    It’s really hard to capture in pics, but you can see the line across the table where it’s almost like a layer broke off. I think my only hope is a recut, and even if that was an option it would have to be cut down to something really tiny.

    Any indicators as to whether or not this is a synthetic or natural stone? I’m guessing synthetic, but was curious because after pricing color changing diaspore (natural I assume?) it’s quite expensive.
     
  19. T L
    Super_Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    21,235
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2008
    by T L » Apr 23, 2019
    Hopefully a lapidary can salvage the bottom 2/3rds of the stone. I would confer with one like Dan Stair, who was previously mentioned. As to whether it’s synthetic or not, it’s hard to tell. It does look quite a bit like diaspore.

    By the way, diaspore is often sold under some fancy marketing names, that make it more expensive than its mineralogical name, “diaspore.” Therefore pricing can be all over the place.

    I’m very sorry about the damage, but if it helps, at least you still have the stone. Nothing is worse than looking down at a setting, and seeing it empty because the stone fell out and you don’t know where! Yes, been there. :cry2:
     
    MissyBeaucoup, lovedogs, voce and 2 others like this.
  20. LisaRN
    Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    2,841
    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2007
    by LisaRN » Apr 23, 2019
    Sorry about the damage to the stone. I had a synthetic that was exactly how you described. It was beautiful but not diaspore.
     
    michellelynn9175 likes this.
  21. michellelynn9175
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    625
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2018
    by michellelynn9175 » Apr 23, 2019
    Agreed. I don’t think it is, which is fine, but I’m still really bummed it got damaged.
     
  22. LisaRN
    Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    2,841
    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2007
    by LisaRN » Apr 23, 2019
    I would be too and totally understand. The cut was gorgeous and I really liked the color change in your pics.
     
    michellelynn9175 likes this.
  23. lambskin
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    1,951
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2012
    by lambskin » Apr 24, 2019
    Sooo Sorry about the drop! Perhaps a huge bezel setting can hide the chip.
     
  24. stracci2000
    Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    2,637
    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    by stracci2000 » Apr 24, 2019
    Gosh, sorry this happened to you!
    The ceramic tiles I see on your floor are the worst thing on which to drop a gemstone!
     
  25. KaeKae
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    1,958
    Joined:
    May 27, 2009
    by KaeKae » Apr 24, 2019
    Could it me Alexite? It's a man made stone, very pretty.
    A few years back, I picked up an alexite ring, it had similar color changes.
     
  26. michellelynn9175
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    625
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2018
    by michellelynn9175 » Apr 24, 2019
    Thank you! If I did a Bezel it would have to be super thick, but if it was an option I’d consider it!

    What’s crazy is I dropped it in the living room which is junky (softer) laminate flooring. I never would’ve dreamed it would break like that!

    After contacting JTV, I think it’s inexpensive Zandrite. They have a stone similar to the one I broke but it’s not the same size. It’s under $50 so I might just buy something to replace it to remember my Nanny by.

    Thanks everyone for the help and kind words!
     
    Keeliamira, KaeKae and T L like this.

Share This Page