Amazing is one word to call it. This is a 571ct Quartz Steve Moriarty cut at Moriarty's Gem Art in Crown Point, IN. Steve has been cutting gemstones for over 25 years and this is definitely one of his largest to date. In the video below, you can see the step by step process that Steve Moriarty takes when faceting a rough gemstone. This is the largest gemstone that Steve Moriarty has ever cut. It weighs over 1/4 pound! That is huge. Think about the Diamond on your finger compared to this! Watch as this rough stone is transformed into a beautifully cut gemstone.
571.8cts to Be Exact
40 Hours to Preform, Facet, and Polish
It is an Optical Quartz
From the Ron Coleman mine in Arkansas
WANT TO LEARN HOW TO CUT GEMSTONES?
This video doesn't only show you the process of cutting the gemstone, but Steve gives direction on how to cut gemstones, including large gemstones like so you can try it on your own. Because Steve has been cutting so long, he is an expert at gem cutting and can help you through the entire process.
How to Polish & Cut Quartz
Steve Moriarty from Moriarty's Gem Art discusses how to cut and polish quartz. Steve has been cutting gemstones for well over 25 years and in the video below he talks about his techniques for cutting quartz. He wanted to pass on information to help you polish quartz, which can be very difficult. He uses aSpectra Lapwhich is like floppy disk made by 3M. He finds it very effective to use on Quartz. Now I don't want to spoil the entire video, so below watch the video and you too can learn how to better cut and polish quartz.
SOME TIPS FROM THE VIDEO
Use a SpectraLap instead of a UltraLap (Has Cerium Oxide)
Use Extra Cerium Oxide (Increasing polishing power)
Use Water Sparingly
Use Enough Force on the Lap
If you see scratches on the stone, you may have hole in ultralap (use different part or replace)
Better polish, though edges may be more rounded
Jeff Moriarty has been in the jewelry industry for almost 20 years. His family now only owns a retail jewelry store in Crown Point, Indiana, but he also travels the world with his father in search of rare gemstones.