Friday, May 07, 2010

GEM ART



This is a 155.83 carat Aquamarine carved by Micheal M Dyber for the 2009 American Gem Trade Association. It was for the Combination Section for a gemstone design incorporating two or more lapidary techniques. He used "Optic dishes" and "Photon Phacets" to create this piece.




This brooch by Frederic Sage was from the 2009 Awards and won 'Best of Show'. Called "Enchanted Stallion", it featured a 158.26 carat hand-carved natural Turquoise, white diamonds and demantiod garnets, all set in 18 carat green and white gold.




But this is my favourite from the 2008 Awards. It is an 80 carat Aquamarine cabochon carved by Chu- Alice Chan. I love the swirls and the heart and the colour.


7 comments:

River said...

That cabochon is a very pretty stone. Wonder how it would look as a topaz?

R.H. said...

Diamonds are a girl's best friend but go Tigers, this is your big chance.

-Robert.
On topic.

Davo said...

Um, one does realise, one hopes, that gemstones are just that. Bits of the ancient earth. The "art" and technology of crafting is well established and long-standing.

Love the art of figuring out the faultlines in the gemstone, not so much the craft of the horses head.

JahTeh said...

River, not as fine as topaz has to be heated or irradiated to get a blue colour. Aquamarine is much more expensive.

Rh, did they win?

Davo, I saw the horse brooch on a model, one of those skinny girls but it's the kind of gem that needs a mature woman of certain style to wear it. The workmanship got me but I don't like it personally.

River said...

I meant as a golden yellow topaz. the design would still be pretty, just in a deeper colour...

R.H. said...

Win? Why the hell would they want to do that?
Richmond are sponsored by the Teachers Federation: winning a game would lower the opponent's self esteem.

Middle Child said...

They are so beautiful - you post some interesting pictures of precious stones - don't know much about them but I am learning