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November 15, 2018, 03:04:41 am
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« on: November 02, 2018, 08:40:24 pm »

Great to post here again, this little chain was a challenge in many ways, my original idea was to carve this in nephrite jade but that,s been done before, I was very surprised it stayed in one piece, I recently sold it to a opal shop in Lightning ridge, when we visited a few weeks back.


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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2018, 08:54:22 pm »

Holy smokes Mick !  That truly had to be a long and trying project... You have a lot more patience than I do..

Really beautiful work..

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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2018, 09:07:48 pm »

Thanks George. yes at times during carving this I did not think it would ever be finished, it would have easily taken 150 hours over 3 to 4 months, some more in progress pictures.


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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2018, 09:11:00 pm »

I think these are from this Tamworth slab ?

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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2018, 01:52:05 pm »

Hi George, its very similar but from another deposit, known as Danglemah rhodonite, now mined out, I have a few pieces for our own use, its a darker cardinal red and finer grain, takes a better polish, and its tougher.


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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2018, 05:30:34 pm »

At what point does rhodonite change from a common to "imperial ?"  Is it a combination of being harder and more gemmy ?
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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2018, 02:32:32 am »

There are several factors that make imperial different, 1st, it must be translucent as seen in my chain and rough, 2nd, a fine grain material that will take a high polish, some rhodonite can have a course sugar like grain structure making it very difficult to polish, a hard fine grain is usually harder and tougher, color, only very deep pink to deep red can be put in this class. It has also been called royal or cardinal rhodonite.
There are easily 50 known rhodonite deposits in my region, only 3 have produced imperial, I have seen it from Russia, Canada, Brazil has large facet quality rough, Broken hill in Australia also has produced large high grade faceting rough, there may be more I have missed.

 
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2018, 05:04:18 am »

Interesting and beautiful imperial rhodonite. Beyond my skills!
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2018, 01:27:49 pm »

The imperial rhodonite is very beautiful  dancer5
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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2018, 01:32:22 pm »

I have been looking on eBay since I saw this thread for some nice rhodonite.  So beautiful!
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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2018, 11:22:03 pm »

Thanks for the great comments, not many areas ever produced this quality rhodonite, pink is quite common in my region I have seen hundreds of ton,s, if its translucent and fine grain it can make awesome cabs and carvings.
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