Thanks to all for the tips about resolving the problem with the
Aquamarine beads. I forwarded all of the tips received, on the list
and privately, to the customer.
I also agree with the opinion of James in SoFl that the main problem
is that the 6 mm beads have a much smaller color mass so that even
though they were from the same rough they will be a lighter color.
The frosted drill hole does have an influence, though, as I have
compared non-drilled beads with the drilled ones and the frosted
drill hole changes the appearance.
Unfortunately no lapidary in his right mind would take $70/gram
saturated color aquamarine facet rough (which would have been
necessary to get the same color in the end result ) and make it into
6 mm drilled beads - unless he got paid upfront - which didn’t
happen in this case.
I am pretty sure that the customer has already sent the beads back
to me. So much for custom ordered faceting - without getting an
So if anyone is in the market for 6 mm spherical faceted drilled
Aquamarine beads (51 pieces available) - come by my booth at the GJX
205. I have a whole file of tips on how to make them look nicer,
Lowe Associates - Brasil
Gemstones, Rough, Specimens
Tucson - February 2 - 7, 2005 - GJX # 205
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