This is a very odd coincidence but a friend of mine brought over a
bunch of stones yesterday that his mother cut some 30 years ago at
least. One of the stones is marked as “cairgorn, smoky topaz,
quartz”. The “smoky topaz” is obvious a misnomer but it is clearly
smoky quartz. It’s a round brilliant, about 6 cts, approx. 35 mm
diameter. It’s beautifully cut; his mother was obviously a very
talented faceter. Is there a way to tell for sure what the origin of
the stone is? Anyway, if you’re interested, email me directly.
And, by the way, there are other beautiful, faceted stones in the lot
in case anyone’s interested: sphalerite, andalusite, rose quartz
(large, emerald-cut), tourmaline and more; also Mexican opal cabs
(including a large red oval with tons of red fire) and some fire
agate rough. Again, contact me off-list if you’re interested.