Here is a composite stone I made out of aquamarine and amethyst. coming in at 3.6 carats. Blue and purple make indigo and this stone certainly reflects that when it is viewed in natural light.
Hassle with photographing this stone is that on the one side the amethyst is not purple enough and on the other side the aqua is too blue. But you can get the drift of colour if you slap yourself on the one cheek hard and then the other harder. Try it, you’ll see the real colour……….
I regard this stone as a success, finally, in terms of the visual effect. Namely in that it produces blue and purple on either side and indigo colour in the middle, which is not really obvious in the photo, but which I was hoping for.
That is saying something, because my gem box is littered with dud and junk results of my composite experiments. This is fracking difficult stuff because you never know the play of colour and the polishing of two materials next to each other is quite complex sometimes. ( Idiot quartz against comfortable beryl.) …….. The Darkside composite laps have smoothed things out somewhat, though..( no pun intended )
Since I am talking about unusual stones, the other day a customer came into my shop with a set of earrings that I found quite intriguing. A hole drilled through a diamond so that it can hang on a jump ring.
I only had time to photograph this ( with her permission ) so the earring is not cleaned up, but this is not something I have seen before.
Okay, so you going to screw the value of the diamond up for sure , but these were only .10ct, so no big deal. Quite amazing. I would love to take a pair of pliers and twist the diamond and see which one breaks first. The jump ring or the diamond. I think that a laser will have drilled the hole, but I wonder what the success rate must be— heat on a tiny girdle edge –something ala composite gemstones perhaps?