More bling

February 14, 2005 - 11:30 pm Comments Off on More bling

I’ve been saving pennies for the last couple of years for a color change garnet. I wrote to Richard Homer, who famously facets gemstones concavely instead of in straight planes, to see if he ever worked with them. He said he was just about to go to the Tucson gem show and would be happy to look around for something there. Well, he found an excellent stone and cut it for me just today! It’s got a 100% color change and is a VVS clarity, which he says is quite rare in colored stones.

The neat thing about these garnets is that they act like Alexandrites in that they are one color in daylight or fluorescent light, and another color in incandescent light. Some turn pink to brown, some turn pink to red, but I think the most dramatic shift is in the stones which turn from green to red. This stone turns from a teal hue to a raspberry red, and I think it looks really nice!

Now I have to figure out what I’m going to do with it, and where to wear it. Tough life, huh?

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