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Cavradi gorge in the Swiss Alps

Noreen Masaki was comissioned to facet several rock crystals from the swiss Alps for a private collection. All but one are from the famous Cavradi gorge.


Faceted smoky quartz 166.3ct from Cavradi gorge

Noreen Masaki is cutting on a Ultra-Tec faceting machine.

The pavillion is cut first and then polished.

Here the stone is transferred and the crown will be cut next.

Colorless rock cristal prepared for faceting

Smoky quartz from Cavradi gorge

Smoky quartz from Cavradi gorge


cavradi smoky quarz
Smoky quartz from Cavradi gorge
Noreen designs or selects a fitting facet diagram, to accomodate the shape of the stone. The layout of the facets is next to the importance of identifying appropriate cutting angles. Only when the optical properties of the stone are taken into account properly an optimum of briliance will be displayed in the finished gem.

The Cavradi gorge is certainly one of the best-known mineral localities of Switzerland, and among the most important hematite localities worldwide.
Recently a book has been published about Cavradi gorge. Title : Cavradi
Authors: Christian Hager, Jochen Mattis, Patrick Reith, Teodosi Venzin

More about this location
http://swiss-minerals.com/en      www.mineralien-surselva.de/      www.mineralienatlas.de/?l=7469


Faceted smoky quartz 166.3ct from Cavradi gorge

Rock cristal 29.64ct
Swiss Alps Cavradi gorge

Rock cristal 48.60ct
Swiss Alps Cavradi gorge

Rock cristal 53.26ct
Swiss Alps Cavradi gorge



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