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Hi Ernie, sorry about the long delay in answering: The stones in my pictures range fro 5 carats ( finished weight) to 11 carats – so were about 3-4x that size before I started on them. I’ve learnt to drop the pavilion angles to around 39 degrees, which still gives good light return, but does reduce the light appreciably

The stones are found in the Linthipe River, one of the main rivers that originates near Lilongwe in Malawi, and there are a main source of alluvial garnets near the town of Salima on the Lake, near my hometown of Chipoka. Colours range fro deep orange through reds to purple, and some do show some colour change from sunlight to fluorescent, but I havn’t gotten round to doing a proper screening yet