Rhodolite garnet – a quickie

Think I’ll do a Quickie..

13.87ct rhodolite garnet rough

Rhodolite is a rose-red pyrope garnet variety. This piece of rough is a fairly good example with some pinkish-red replacing the brown. A have a few pieces of this lovely material from Madagascar, it is quite clean – typical of rhodolite.

My first faceting attempt using this garnet will provide some useful tips for subsequent pieces.

Quickie facet design by Jeff Graham

Fast to cut with good light return – 89.3% in fact. Who need lots of pesky facets I say. Minimalism is the way, pare down those design elements to the bare minimum.

Dopped and ready for some love.
We’re away!
Main pavilion facets, still a bit ragged.
Looking more even – starting to put the girdle in.
More definition now – the girdle is in.

This stone has been everything but a quickie! First I noticed a small chip in the girdle, then as I was re-cutting it, it came off the dop during transfer. Anyhow, all well in the end, I like the cut and will certainly use it again.

Complete – my Slowie…
The result: 2.1ct final stone, 7.7mm across the flats. The yield is understandable given the recut required.

 

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