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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby johnsmith » 22 Oct 2018, 20:38

ahmed11 wrote:Informative and helpful thread


that's unusual for this place :c
FD.
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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby Bowerbird » 23 Oct 2018, 06:16

pinkeye wrote:umm yeah well anyone know about opals?

Boulder opal is bloody hard to cut and polish
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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby HBS Guy » 23 Oct 2018, 08:24

Wish Lefty would log on again. He would know. Opals are cut as cabochons, no facetted.

Opal is a form of silicate so not overly hard, unlike sapphires.
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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby Bowerbird » 23 Oct 2018, 20:53

HBS Guy wrote:Wish Lefty would log on again. He would know. Opals are cut as cabochons, no facetted.

Opal is a form of silicate so not overly hard, unlike sapphires.


Try cutting Winton Boulder Opal - which I love big time! The patterns in the rock are often like indigenous paintings. I have a few pieces and some rock spevpcimens with opal threaded through
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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby HBS Guy » 24 Oct 2018, 03:38

You cut your own stones?
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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby Bowerbird » 02 Nov 2019, 14:21

HBS Guy wrote:You cut your own stones?

Have done with the lapdidary club

Ended up going home smelling of baby and diesel oil which would have been fine if I had been dating a Trucker instead of cutting stones :p
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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby HBS Guy » 02 Nov 2019, 14:28

Wow, a year between Q & A :rofl

Got any piccies of that opal?
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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby Bowerbird » 03 Nov 2019, 09:29

HBS Guy wrote:Wish Lefty would log on again. He would know. Opals are cut as cabochons, no facetted.

Opal is a form of silicate so not overly hard, unlike sapphires.

The opal is soft but the boulder rock it is found in is hard as

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That one is not mine but it shows the boulder patterns
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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby Bowerbird » 03 Nov 2019, 09:31

HBS Guy wrote:Wow, a year between Q & A :rofl

Got any piccies of that opal?


Sorry old chap! :giggle

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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby HBS Guy » 03 Nov 2019, 09:54

ahahahaha!
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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby karlrand » 25 Jan 2020, 12:17

Lefty wrote:The labradorite - should be some good faceting pieces here....once I get more proficient.

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To my uneducated eye that doesn’t look anything like the labradorite I’m familiar with. Mainly it’s the transparancy that has me puzzled.
This is more the kind of stone I’m familiar with.
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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby HBS Guy » 25 Jan 2020, 14:48

An unusual type of transparent, yellow labradorite feldspar occurs in the Hogarth Range, New South Wales, and the Springsure area, Queensland.


https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/minerals/gemstones/labradorite/

I have some of that somewhere: last trip we stopped at Springsure on the way back from Emerald and I collected half a bottle of crystals and Lefty rather more—he is the gem cutter, not me!

I have a fairly large rough sapphire, going to get that cut soon and then try to sell it, have a few others I will sell too—need the dosh for Tasmania!
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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby Aussie » 25 Jan 2020, 14:56

What colour is that sapphire?
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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby HBS Guy » 25 Jan 2020, 15:14

Blue
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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby Aussie » 25 Jan 2020, 15:25

HBS Guy wrote:Blue

Bugger. Red, you'd have me. But....lemme see when it is cut.
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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby HBS Guy » 25 Jan 2020, 15:32

Red sapphire = ruby
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Re: Lapidary thread

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Re: Lapidary thread

Postby HBS Guy » 29 Jan 2020, 14:10

I have a rough stone and two smaller stones I want cut , get them cut and mounted in a piece of simple silver jewelry—and try and sell it! That is waiting on accumulating some money. Probably after April. Then some stones I have, small sapphires can also be mounted, rings or more of a set that might fetch more: earrings, pendant, ring all sapphire, might fetch more. Know a mineralogist in Hahndorf, show him the stones plus the roughs, see what he suggests.

I have a nice green tear drop shaped sapphire, might keep that as a souvenir of the prospecting trips I took with Lefty and his Dad to the Qld gem fields.
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