Showing posts with label Hand Cut Faceted Gemstone. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hand Cut Faceted Gemstone. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

What are Ant Hill Garnets?

Rough Ant Hill Garnet
Ant Hill Garnets, What are they?

The Short Version...

The unique part of Arizona Anthill Garnets is this that they are found around the Ant Hills. Anthill Garnets are also called Arizona Chrome Pyrope Garnet. ... The ants excavate the garnets from underground passages. The ants take the stone to the surface and discard them.


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Hand Cut Ant Hill Garnet

We are so excited to be adding Ant Hill Garnets to our Cruelty-Free Collection. To us, this is Wonderful. When we can find beautiful rough gemstones here in the US to hand cut in our NC studio plus 
mind by Ants!...
It's a win win for everyone.


Now, The Long Version...
Some gemstones derive a large portion of their appeal because they are found in an unexpected locality or have an unusual origin. "Ant hill garnets" are one of the more interesting of these "novelty gems."


They are called "ant hill garnets" because they are found on and around the margins of ant hills. The ants encounter the garnets while excavating their underground passages. The ants haul the stones to the surface and discard them. The rain washes the garnets clean and moves them down the flank of the ant hill, where they can accumulate in large numbers. This concentrates the little gems and makes them easy for people to collect. Their brilliant luster and red color contrasts strongly with the surrounding soil.

Author: Hobart M. King, Ph.D., GIA Graduate Gemologist




Monday, April 29, 2019

Hand Cut Rough Ruby Unique Engagement Ring set in 14k Yellow Gold by Dawn

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Hand Sculpted Twig Setting
with a Hand Cut Ruby from our rough Stock

Item details
Handmade item

Made to Order

Material
Gold, Rose gold, White gold

Hand Sculpted & Fancy Faceted Rough Ruby.

I have waited exactly two years staring at my faceting tools until now. Creating our own hand cut gemstones is a milestone for me, it's like everything I envisioned for my hand sculpted designs has finally come full circle. I truly hope you see my vision in giving you a true one-of-a-kind ring.

Each design was created in wax by me to mimic little twigs with tiny branches holding a artistically hand cut in our studio.

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Hand Cut in our NC Studio following
the organic form of the
rough uncut ruby.

This is a 2.01 carat Ruby, cut from our rough uncut gemstones 5mm x 7mm
The Band is cast in 14k Yellow Gold with textured bark markings.

Our Refined Gold and Gemstones are all Cruelty-Free.

Your ring will come with a black velvet pouch and a black ring box. 

Why have I chosen to hand cut our Gemstones:

Gemstone material that has not been extensively cut and polished is referred to as "Rough".

Rough material that has been hammered to knocked off the brittle fractured edges is said to have been cobbled.
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Hand Sculpted Twig Design
using the Lost Wax Method

So, what I have chosen to do is remove the brittle fractures by hand polishing our rough gemstones in our studio here in North Carolina and allowing a longer lifespan of the stone for our customers. A stone that has been hand cut is a stronger stone and in my opinion a safer stone to have.

To keep the integrity of the rough gemstones, we only remove the brittle edges and keep true to the unique shape of the original rough gemstone. This way we can create a beautiful artistically cut gemstone that is still Cruelty-Free but very unique in shape.

This is my way of giving you a true one-of-a-kind hand sculpted and hand cut ring. 
-Dawn Vertrees






Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Hand Cut Rough 7 ct 14k Rose Gold Twig Statement Ring, Gemstone Solitaire, Engagement Ring, Anniversary Ring by Dawn Vertrees


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Hand Faceted and Hand Sculpted
Twig Engagement
or Statement Ring
Each Twig design was created in wax to mimic twigs with tiny branches holding a artistically hand cut aquamarine in our studio.

This is a beautiful 7 carat artistically hand cut Aquamarine from our rough gemstone collection. Each gemstone is cut in our studio in which we follow the natural shape of each stone instead of the traditional faceted cuts. I wanted to create the ultimate one-of-a-kind hand cut and sculpted ring.
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A True One-of-a kind
Engagement Ring

The twigs and band are cast in 14k Rose Gold with textured bark markings.

Our Refined Gold and Gemstones are both Cruelty-Free.

The Aquamarine is 17mm x 12mm and is exactly 7 carats.

Band measurement is 19mm long x approx. 13mm wide at the top and 2.5mm at the bottom base of the ring.

The ring size is currently a 7.25 and can be resized.

Your ring will come with a black velvet pouch and a black ring box. 


Visit Our Blog http://www.dawnvertrees.com or go to http://www.dawnvertrees.com/2019/02/artistically-cut-rough-gemstone-with.html to find out additional information about our hand cut gemstones.