I have been trying to find an article Jim Perkins wrote in one of the newsletters. So far I haven’t found it. In the article he gave a design for darker Garnet. If anyone knows the newsletter it was in please let me know.
I did a search on the Yahoo Group and it seems he had designed Robusto Brilliant for dark garnets and he had put a copy in his folder on the group. Upon looking through the files, it seems Jim removed his folder from the group.
The design “Robusto Brilliant” is still available via Ultratec if you Google ultratec robusto. But in that article, Jim does not suggest it for dark garnets. Another reference for a design for dark garnets mentioned his design, “Derek”, which is available online from Bob’s Rock Shop list of designs. A search of other internet sources quote him as saying the secret to dark garnet is to use a step cut pavilion.
Thank you all for the input. I have 1 darker Raspberry Rhodolite left in the 14 carat range I want to have a close friend try her hand at cutting. It is her birthstone and hope to have her cut it, with my oversight, and have it be even more extra special. I will probably be the one to do the final meetpoint polish to finish it for her.