I’m in a bit of a quandary about cutting some emeralds for a
geologist friend who brought them back from Brazil. They’re a very
nice deep green color and almost clean, save for a few fractures.
These I think (without having done it yet) should pretty much vanish
after the stones are oiled.
The problem lies in the shape of the rough. It would yield quite a
large stone if I cut it so as to make one of the large flat sides the
table. But it would not be deep enough to get the proper pavilion
Standing the stone up on its side and using a narrow side as the
table will yield a narrow but deep stone, plenty deep enough to get
the proper pavilion angles. Yet a great deal of nice clear emerald
would be ground away (from the bottom) in the process.
Let me try that visually
A B ___________ ______ | | | | | | | | |__________| | | | | | | | |
“A” would yield a larger but shallow stone; “B” a smaller, narrower
stone but with proper pavilion angles and much wastage at the bottom.
What say you, gem-savvy Orchideans? How important are proper
pavilion angles in a nice deep green emerald? Which way of cutting
will preserve the most value?
Cheers & thanks