The latest batch of Gold Sheen Sapphires from the factory are showing some remarkable characteristics.
First, we are seeing vivid asterism in the cabs. All gold sheen sapphires cabs have some degree of asterism, but usually it is quite faint. The rough we are cutting now seems to have more rutile, which gives them both a ‘sleepier’ look, and the much more prominent star:
You can see the rutile silk under multiple light sources (with a single light source, these would have a prominent star)
Then, there was this incredible find – for the first time we have seen completely transparent gold sheen sapphire with full sheen and star effect. The smartphone snapshot does it no justice, but imagine the transparency of a vivid blue medium tone sapphire, but instead of blue, the colour is golden sheen.
Out of 200,000 carats cut, we have found less than 20 carats of stones like this. We know how to cut is as cabochons, so that is what the factory did. But what I am thinking is, what if we faceted it with a brilliant cut? I’ll run it by Tanzim and see what he thinks.