This sapphire is an intense blue stone from Australia. While many deep blue sapphires will go to an inky black in office type lighting, this stone retains it's deep blue character and even has a slight purplish overtone. I cut this one in a square sided cushion weighing 1.10 carats. The last picture is outside with the late afternoon sun hitting the stone. It must have a bit of silk in it because it just glows like a bright blue ember in strong sunlight. The fellow who mines these, Andrew Lane, just introduced himself on this forum. You might want to go say hello to a very nice guy !
While I am nearly certain that you HAVE lost your mind, I can only claim a small amount of responsibilty for that. This is due to having said that I would cut a matching trillion for the first one and then did this one instead. The matching trillion is all dopped up and waiting to be cut, but I have about 7 stones ahead of it PLUS I need to finish up the rendering for Davids cushion diamond. Just never enough time ! I will get it done soon though and post a picture of the pair of them, (and Davids ring too).
Thanks Michael you can certainly get results from a piece of rough!
Have you got a design in mind for these or just waiting for a customer? You will be pleased to hear we are back mining again so more to come.
Michael does a fantastic job. Australian sapphire has had a poor reputation, sometimes because I think many cutters just dont know how to handle the material or have only been exposed to the low grade dark stone. This stone and others he has cut from our rough proves that Michael definitely knows what he is doing. Owning a little piece of Australia is an easy thing - just give him a call ;-)