French Cut

February 14, 2011

I decided to write a mini blog before I posted part 2 of my ‘evil eye’ blog I posted last week (http://cicadajewelrydesign.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/greek-for-evil-eye%e2%80%9d-part-1/). I get a ton of jobs that are missing custom millimeter cuts to fit into certain areas. This particular job that came in needs a french cut sapphire in the missing slot and the sapphires on […]

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Greek for “evil eye” (part 1)

February 9, 2011

Let me start off by explaining the title of my new blog. ‘Apotropaic’ or ‘Prophylactic,’ is Greek for ‘protective.’ The latest edition to my blog is all about the ‘evil eye.’ Don’t worry, I won’t be casting an eye on my readers but I will be explaining the history that haunts many from the Mediterranean […]

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New Blog on the way…

February 1, 2011

Hey everyone! Hope all of you out there are doing good! Its been a while since I posted a blog. Christmas season came along and wouldn’t you just know it, it got busy out of no where! I’ve had a blog ready to post but, a) It was too long and, b)I needed to split […]

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Gem Cutter, G.D.

December 2, 2010

Unlike diamonds, colored gems possess a variable of optical properties and are not cut to a uniform ideal. A well-cut colored gem exhibits an even color, an acceptable number of inclusions, a good brilliance; and it shows the majority of carat weight when viewed from the top. Broadly, the styles of gem cutting can be […]

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[si-kah-dah]

December 2, 2010

Who says you can’t modernize an old school jeweler??? A website wasn’t enough to get with ‘the program’. I needed to create a blog. A blog that shared my thoughts on a modern day gem cutter like myself. Before I continue, lets get the pronunciation right, ‘Ci·ca·da’ [si-kah-dah]. After you’ve practiced saying it a couple […]

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Deep Blue Sea

December 2, 2010

Round two of my blog takes me to a place where I enjoy going to. The deep blue seas of Santa Maria. Well, actually that would take me to one of the ‘most important religious centers’ in Barcelona, Espania. What I’m talking about is the Santa Maria Aquamarine which comes from the Brazilian Santa Maria […]

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Star fish conundrum

December 2, 2010

Hello bloggers out there! Welcome to my first ever blog! I’d like to start off by saying, bare with me, the information will only improve as the blogs keep rolling in. As promised, I received a very custom style job that needed a matching style, star cut, cabochoned on top with each star groove on […]

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Gem Cutter, G.D.

November 3, 2010

The Optical Ride in Gem Cutting Unlike diamonds, colored gems possess a variable of optical properties and are not cut to a uniform ideal. A well-cut colored gem exhibits an even color, an acceptable number of inclusions, a good brilliance; and it shows the majority of carat weight when viewed from the top. Broadly, the […]

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[si-kah-dah]

October 12, 2010

Who says you can’t modernize an old school jeweler??? A website wasn’t enough to get with ‘the program’. I needed to create a blog. A blog that shared my thoughts on a modern day gem cutter like myself. Before I continue, lets get the pronunciation right, ‘Ci·ca·da’ [si-kah-dah]. After you’ve practiced saying it a couple […]

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