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    Posted by mark on June 7, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Some stones were recently purchased for me and several of them when backlit show really nice collar One Direction but other directions they don’t they’re colorless I was told it’s a closed axis what side do I cut the table on for a good colored stone or is it a bad piece of rough ?

    gemmakermz replied 4 years, 11 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • gemmakermz

    June 7, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    what is the material???? there are many stones that will show a difference in color, you need to know the material. some mexican topaz can look colorless through the side but when cut may show color, a pinkish or brown when cut down the “c” axis, don’t forget to tip the table 5 degrees off the c axis, on any topaz. some amethyst has the color in the point of the crystal, the tip s/b the pavilion (bottom) of your stone. you want to choose the color showing direction for sure, just be aware of any hardness zones and cleavage plains. the color direction will be your crown and pavilion. 509-783-9337
    also keep in mind stones like tourmaline are bi colored one color through the side and darker color though the end of the crystals in most cases cut using side for top and bottom, if Very light and large enough to cut a stone through the end it will darken it.

  • mark

    June 7, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    The stones are are iolite and a tourmaline . If the light is behind the stone .Is the colored side the table or what ?

  • gemmakermz

    August 18, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    if the color is only in one direction and the material is large enough that is the direction of the point and table. if to narrow then through the side and if an emerald cut the ends will show some color. with tourmaline some times its through the side if through the end is too dark. in any case place the color in the pavilion if possible to get max colors from finished stone.

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