Hi Hans et al
perhaps my post was simplistic
If you cut gemstones you MUST know how to set!!!!!!!!!
That is an incorrect statement.
OK change to YOU MUST KNOW WHAT A SETTER WANTS.
Secondly you are incorrect in saying that amateur gem cutters ruin
On the contrary, they are likely to cut them much more carefully
Maybe where you are but 99% of what I see is rubbish. Also they
probably have better teachers than where I am. This is the nature of
the hobby land in Australia, it just gets worse.
There are far more badly cut stones cut by professionals from the
east than there are badly cut amateur stones.
Don't know where you get your rocks from but there are many high
quality cut stones coming out of Asia now, far better than any
amateur work I have seen. Guess my gem dealer does not touch crap. So
I never see it! Those bad cutters from Asia I thought went out of
business when the Americans set up shop in Thailand. They cut tons
and everyone is happy with their work. High quality low price and
If I can remember I will get their address to post from some rock
hounds I know.
Are you confusing amateur with student?
And whilst I am on the subject of incorrect statements, a few
posts ago you mentioned that opal doublets always delaminate--"end
An opal doublet given time will delaminate due to changes in
temperature and moisture. This is the nature of the glues used.
And why they are sold with the proviso DO NOT GET THEM WET!
I asked an opal miner what he though about doublet opals reckons
they look almost as good as the real thing. And as long as they are
bezel set they should last for a long time, before they delaminate.
That said my daughter has a doublet opal I set in an 18kt band and a
fine silver bezel. She swapped it for 3 silver and gem set rings she
somehow acquired from me. It is 2 years old and has not delaminated
yet and she is not gentle and does the washing up with it on. Even
though I told her not to. I reckon within 10 years it will
delaminate. Time will tell
Having said that have the glues used changed? And now will not
delaminate like the old ones did? If so I am wrong, and it won't be
the first time.
Hans I looked at your web page 2 words about your jewellery,
beautiful and quality! Except for your plique-a-jour enamel fairy
pendant that I would call exquisite.
This is what I like about Orchid we get differing points of view
from different parts of the globe. While Hans' doublets may not
delaminate many done in Australia still do and his amateurs sound a
lot better than we have here in OZ. However the rocks he sees from
Asia are not as good as the ones I see here.