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Cut Sleeping Beauty Turquoise cabochons to match sample

A jewelry designer needed 2 new Sleeping Beauty Turquoise cabochons cut to match sample stones in their customer's earrings

For this cutting job we used material from our stock. It is hard to get the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise rough material in this size now days.

Sleeping Beauty refers to plain blue Turquoise with no matrix. It is a stabilized material which takes a nice high polish.

Below, you will see photos and description of the cutting process.

Photo of a pair of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise earrings and a piece of rough Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and a pair of empty earring mountings

Sample Turquoise earrings and Rough material

These are the earrings the jewelry designer sent us which are mounted with very nice Sleeping Beauty Turquoise cabochons.

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In the photo, on the right, is a block of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise rough material that I had in stock.

On the lower left are the mountings that we need to fit the new cabs into.

Photo shows the rough Turqoise which has been sawed into smaller pieces before being finished.

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Rough

Here you can see where we have cut 2 pieces of the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise rough into smaller blocks which we will use to cut the cabs.

A photo which shows me hand-cutting the Turquoise on my machine.

Cutting the Turquoise

Here you can see me shaping the Turquoise on the diamond lap.

This photo shows the Turquoise half way finished with cutting.

Fitting the Turquoise cabochons
to the mountings

I measure and also fit the shapes into the mountings.

Photo showing the finished new Sleeping Beauty Turquoise cabs which match the sample earrings

Finished Sleeping Beauty

Here you can see the finished Sleeping Beauty Turquoise cabochons in the mountings.

I am happy with the match we got on the color.

If you have cabochons which need to be matched, feel free to contact us for an estimate.

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Denton Anderson,
Gemologist & Gem Cutter
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Photo of Denton the gem cutter.

Graduate Gemologist, GIA, GG
Over 20 years of experience.