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Teaser pics... here is the Kalli Oval tourmaline fresh off the dop and in the sunlight for the first time... it took my breath away. The pics just cant capture how stunning this gem is. It just lit up like a pink ball of fire... as if the sun came down and decided to throw a party inside. The colour is like a hot deep candy pink... originally I thought it would be a rubellite and it is inside but it looks like it is a stone of many colors and personalities. It is flawless eye clean, incredible colour and just full of life... totally mesmerizing. It was a mission to facet but oh so worth it. This is what I really love about gemcutting... how a stone can just come to life and you know that this stone is truly alive.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Finished the fine cut... now the prepolish in 3K and final polish in 100K.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Now begins the real challenge... the crown! Because I have plenty of material to work with Im going to add a tier of girdle steps. This gem would ideally suit a bezel style setting.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Working on the pavilion of this big tourmaline. Im cutting it in a domed oval design called The Kalli Oval.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A beautiful selection of coloured gems that I finished recently. There are four tourmalines and a lone peridot. Such wonderful and intense colours... devine. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM An exceptional indicolite blue tourmaline finished in the classic Emerald Cut design. A lovely fine flawless gem 7x15mm 5.4 carats.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Before and After... The perfect ring stone... an 8mm 3 carat rubellite tourmaline finished  in the timeless classic Asscher design. It is a richly coloured gem and eye clean.  This beauty is available and looking for a good home.  Check out my WHATS NEW page on my website for details.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM The perfect ring stone... an 8mm 3 carat rubellite tourmaline finished  in the timeless classic Asscher design. It is a richly coloured gem and eye clean.  This beauty is available and looking for a good home.  Check out my WHATS NEW page on my website for details.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Ok folks, here is the main project for this week and it is an exceptionally challenging one, this is going to be a real mission. The plan is to cut this amazing piece of rubellite tourmaline in an oval dome design called The Kalli Oval. This design was inspired by the design called Kalli by Jeff Graham which was a round dome. I wanted a unique oval design for this rubellite and I have always loved the original Kalli so I went to work and created an oval version. I want this to be a totally unique and special gemstone, one of a kind. Im hoping to get around  10x12mm and I expect that this will take at least three days to cut. It has 185 facets which in itself isnt too bad... the catch is that being an oval there are going to be alot of angle changes on the crown... 42 to be exact. This ups the complication factor by orders of magnitude. So stay tuned folks and well see how we go.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Before and After... A super pakistani peridot... bright green and on fire! This one is cut in the Brilliant Pear design and is 8x10mm 2.6 carats. Magic!  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A super pakistani peridot... bright green and on fire! This one is cut in the Brilliant Pear design and is 8x10mm 2.6 carats. Magic!  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Before and after... a lovely teal tourmaline cut in the classic Asscher design. I love the way gems embody pure colour... where else can you hold pure colour made manifest in your hand. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Lovely teal tourmaline cut in the classic Asscher design. I love the way gems embody pure colour... where else can you hold pure colour made manifest in your hand. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Before and After... rubellite tourmaline... 8mm 2.4 carats Antique Round.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A nice rubellite tourmaline cut in the Antique Round 1910 design, 8mm 2.4 carats. Its a lovely luscious gem, eye clean and flawless.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Some of this weeks stones... a beautiful blue indicolite tourmaline that came in at 5.45ct, a nice teal tourmaline asscher, a peridot from Pakistan and a sweet little candy pink tourmaline. Finished cutting for the week. Now its time to catch up on some new gem designs and other computer stuff... Ive got a big month of faceting planned for April with some really nice gems and some exciting new designs... so stay tuned folks. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A nice blue indicolite tourmaline on the dop being faceted in the classic Emerald Cut design.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM HYDRA :: one of my tree drawings from long ago.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Fresh off the dop... a lovely 3 carat 8mm tourmaline cut in the classic Asscher design. Colourwise, well, referring to the trusty Old Holland oil masters colour chart Id say it is a cobolt violet light / scheveningen violet with deep salmon pink highlights. It is an beautiful gem, richly coloured, eye clean and an excellent size for a ring stone. This gem is available for sale. Email me at dmenadue@yahoo.com if interested.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Fresh off the dop... a lovely 3 carat 8mm tourmaline cut in the classic Asscher design. Colourwise, well, referring to the trusty Old Holland oil masters colour chart Id say it is a cobolt violet light / scheveningen violet with deep salmon pink highlights. It is an beautiful gem, richly coloured, eye clean and an excellent size for a ring stone. This gem is available for sale. Email me at dmenadue@yahoo.com if interested.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM While the pink tourmaline is in the transfer block lets start on this delicious green peridot from Pakistan. This is going to be faceted in a Brilliant Pear design.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Started on a nice deep pink tourmaline... The colour is a sort of deep purple cranberry pink. It will be around an 8mm gem and is going to be cut in the classic asscher design. This one will be for sale.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Here is my latest gem design which I finished on the weekend. This one is a high performance dome design with 221 facets. It is based on a geometric sketch I did a little while ago when I was traveling around Australia and is called Bingara after the lovely place where I was camped at the time. I took this sketch and modeled it into a new 3d gem design. This design is ideally suited to a large stone lightly coloured,  like topaz, natural blue topaz, rose de france amethyst, citrine and the like. It would be perfect for a unique and stunning cocktail ring setting or a large collectors stone. Contact me if you are interested in having a custom Bingara gem cut. Cheers. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A really fine green tourmaline cut in a very modern Yin Yang design. This is a favorite design of mine and cuts a gem that is different and unique with a very mesmerizing pattern effect. This one is 8mm and 1.9 carats.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Finished! A very bright and sunny golden beryl cut in the Signature 4 design. 11mm and 3.6 carats... very nice.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Working on a golden beryl, lovely stone nice and bright.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Shameless selfie. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Working hard cutting those gems. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Finished the green tourmaline yin-yang. 8mm, 1.9ct. A nice stone.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A bit of gem designing before bed. Started on a new gem design based on the geometric sketch I posted the other day. It takes some time to model the design, finding the correct angles and index wheel settings. Then comes the optimization and fine tuning. All good fun. If anyone wanted their own unique gem design and then to have it handcut,  let me know. Thats what I do. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Cutting the crown on this Yin-Yang gem. Its a green/teal coloured Tourmaline and will be a sweet little gem when its done. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM This lovely piece of golden beryl is my next bespoke gem. Its going to be an 11mm Signature 4 trillion which is perfect for beryl. Its a really bright and high performance design and I often cut it in aquamarine. Its going to be quite a stunning gemstone.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Pencil sketch incorporating the I-Ching hexagram for The Wanderer/Seeker. It symbolizes the sun rising over the mountain, the light of day,  movement and illumination.
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WWW.SACREDGEOMETRICS.COM - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia I draw organics as well... One of my unfinished tree sketches.
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WWW.SACREDGEOMETRICS.COM - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Another geometric sketch... this one combining the Flower of Life and the hexagrams of the I-Ching. I had visions of this one becoming another tattoo. :-)
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WWW.SACREDGEOMETRICS.COM - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Some folks like to do crosswords, I like to do geometric designs. This is one from my sketchpad I did a little while ago. I really became interested in this style of geometric design after a three month journey through Morocco... a most magical country. Everywhere you looked you would see these incredible designs in a myriad of color, on water fountains, walls, courtyards, everywhere. It blended well with my interest in sacred geometry and gemcutting. I often use these designs as a basis for creating new gem designs... they are perfect for modeling the crown facet patterns. You can easily see how this could become a gem.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Working on a series of posters for a client that will go up on the walls of their new gem shop.  If anyone is interested in something similar let me know.  All pics used are my own.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Working on a series of posters for a client that will go up on the walls of their new gem shop.  If anyone is interested in something similar let me know.  All pics used are my own.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Working on a series of posters for a client that will go up on the walls of their new gem shop.  If anyone is interested in something similar let me know.  All pics used are my own.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Working on a series of posters for a client that will go up on the walls of their new gem shop.  If anyone is interested in something similar let me know.  All pics used are my own.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Working on a series of posters for a client that will go up on the walls of their new gem shop.  If anyone is interested in something similar let me know.  All pics used are my own.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Working on a series of posters for a client that will go up on the walls of their new gem shop.  If anyone is interested in something similar let me know.  All pics used are my own.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Working on a series of posters for a client. They are to go up on the wall in their gem new shop. This one is for garnets. All the pics used are my own. If anyone is interested in something similar then let me know. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Hmmmm... next project... what shall I do with these sweet little garnets? Im thinking a nice run of match 5 and 6mm round brilliants or mini-mints. Probably mini-mints for little gems to be. With smaller gems its a case of less is more in terms of number of facets.  Too many facets on a small gem can overwhelm things. :-) - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia How about a bit of tanzanite love? Here is a sweet little tanzanite I finished the other day. I cut it in my Antique Round design which is a more classical style of cut. The gem is 6.5mm and 1.6ct. The colour is a violet blue and very beautiful. *AVAILABLE*  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM How about a bit of tanzanite love? Here is a sweet little tanzanite I finished the other day. I cut it in my Antique Round design which is a more classical style of cut. The gem is 6.5mm and 1.6ct. The colour is a violet blue and very beautiful. *AVAILABLE*  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Heres something special and rare. I had this in my rough box for about four years and I thought it was time to give it a polish. It is a Lava Plains cobolt blue sapphire cut in the Bicentennial Brilliant design that was specially created for sapphires. It is 6.8mm, 1.8 carats and eye clean. It is a darkish gem but the colour is an intense cobolt medicine bottle blue that is unique to Sapphire from this location. It came from a very remote outback North Queensland location and the actual area where digging is done is small, measured in a handful of acres. It is untreated and unheated, au natural. Lava Plains sapphires are very rare. A very beautiful and unique gem. *AVAILABLE*  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Heres something special and rare. I had this in my rough box for about four years and I thought it was time to give it a polish. It is a Lava Plains cobolt blue sapphire cut in the Bicentennial Brilliant design that was specially created for sapphires. It is 6.8mm, 1.8 carats and eye clean. It is a darkish gem but the colour is an intense cobolt medicine bottle blue that is unique to Sapphire from this location. It came from a very remote outback North Queensland location and the actual area where digging is done is small, measured in a handful of acres. It is untreated and unheated, au natural. Lava Plains sapphires are very rare. A very beautiful and unique gem. *AVAILABLE*  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Polishing the crown on this Lava Plains blue sapphire. You can see the cobolt blue colour coming through... super nice.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM In progress... a Lava Plains royal cobolt blue sapphire. This fellow comes from a remote location in outback North Queensland and is only a very small area of several acres where it is found. It is ultra rare and one of the finest nicest blue colors you could ever hope to see. Do you remember or have you ever seen the colour of old cobolt blue medicine bottles? Well that is pretty close to Lava Plains blue. This one is going to be around 7mm and Im cutting it in a Bicentennial Brilliant design to really make it something special.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Golden beryl... magnificent stones! This material is a member of the well known Beryl family... Blue beryl is aquamarine,  pink beryl is morganite, green beryl with chromium is emerald, green beryl without chromium is heliodor, golden beryl is, well, golden. Its quite a prestigious family... everyone knows them. These beautiful stones will cut stunning gems... You should see an asscher cut... totally stunning. These gems are AVAILABLE for bespoke orders.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A couple of lovely Imperial garnets from Africa. These gems are perfect for ring stones or earrings and will cut exceptionally bright stones. These should cut 7mm rounds and I would recommend the classic Round Brilliant design to really make them sparkle. *AVAILABLE*  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM The colour of sky blue topaz is superb and this material will cut very bright and brilliant gems. The colour is far better then most of the aqua out there on the market and topaz is hard making it ideal for any jewellery setting. Beautiful stones. *AVAILABLE*  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Gorgeous deep pink tourmaline from Nigeria. This is a waterworn nodule and from past experience I know that this stone will cut a fantastic rich and luscious gem, something quite special. This one should cut 7-8mm round or perhaps an asscher. AVAILABLE.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Classic Pakistani Peridot :: This material is the benchmark for all peridot and always cuts a stunning gem. One of my favorite gems. I have a selection of peridot that will cut a range of sizes and designs.  AVAILABLE.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Delicious piece of tanzanite that should cut 6-7mm round. A beautiful stone that will facet an exceptional bespoke gem.  AVAILABLE.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A couple of truly exceptional pieces of pure pink morganite from Brazil. These will facet stunning gems and is some of the best morganite Ive seen in a long while. AVAILABLE.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Beautiful ametrine from the Anahi mine in Bolivia. These pieces are lovely and clean and available for bespoke gems. I love the rich combination of citrine and amethyst.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A top class pink tourmaline from Brazil. Ive cut this beauty in my Emerald Baguette design which is my take on the classic baguette style. It is stunning little gem and is 5.5x12.2x5.5mm and 3.3ct. It would be ideal set in precious white metal. It is available for sale.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Heres a big beautiful glossy black spinel that I just finished for a client, coming in at 15.4mm and 20 carats. It is cut in the modern Tuts Pyramid design and it really does work well with crisp sharp edges giving the gem lots of life.  Black Spinel is THE black gemstone of choice. It doesnt have the inclusions or steely grey appearance of black diamonds... black spinels are just that, pure black. This beauty came from the Weld River in Tasmania.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Heres a big beautiful glossy black spinel that I just finished for a client, coming in at 15.4mm and 20 carats. It is cut in the modern Tuts Pyramid design and it really does work well with crisp sharp edges giving the gem lots of life.  Black Spinel is THE black gemstone of choice. It doesnt have the inclusions or steely grey appearance of black diamonds... black spinels are just that, pure black. This beauty came from the Weld River in Tasmania.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Transforming a big black spinel from a waterworn pebble into a glossy polished Tuts Pyramid. Should be about 15mm when done. This stone was found by the client in the Weld River in Tasmania.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM SNEAK PEAK :: NEW GEM ROUGH :: Here is a sneak peak at a selection of new gem rough that I recently acquired. I should have everything listed on my website by the end of the week hopefully. In the meantime here is a quick list of the rough and what I think it will cut. Contact me at dmenadue@yahoo.com for more information or if you would like something faceted. First come, first served.
a) Onyx - nice material that will cut any shape/design
b) Carnelian - nice material for slices/tablets/etc.
c) Golden Beryl - Best Cuts 10x12mm oval, 10-11mm sq cushion, 7x10mm oval, 12mm trillion
d) Ametrine - 20x25mm freeform, 15mm trillion
e) Morganite (2 exceptional pieces!) - 8mm Round matched or 9-10mm round dome, 9 tapering to 8 x 10-11mm tapered asscher
f) Grossular Garnets (light green) - 5-6mm rounds
g) Grossular Garnets (light orange/yellow) - 5-6mm rounds
h) Tanzanite - 6-7mm round
i) Peridot - 7-8mm round or sq cushion, 8mm round, 8x10mm oval, 7x9mm oval, 7-8mm round, 7mm round
j) Natural Blue Topaz - 14-15mm trillion, 16-17mm all shapes, 18mm asscher, 10-20mm round/sq cushion, 20mm trillion, 14x17mm oval
k) Sky Blue Topaz - 10mm asscher, 10x12mm oval, 10mm round, 13-15mm round/sq cushion, 13mm asscher, 12-13mm sq cushion, 10-12mm round/sq cushion/asscher
l) Imperial Garnets - 6-7mm rounds
m) [r238] Blue/Teal Tourmaline - 8-9mm round
n) [r239] Blue/Teal/Green Tourmaline - 7mm asscher
o) Deep Hot Pink Tourmaline - 8 round antique or up to maybe 9.5mm round other, 8mm asscher
p) Deep Hot Pink Tourmaline - 7-8mm round/asscher, 8mm round
q) [r237] Deep Bubblegum Pink Tourmaline - 7-8mm round acorn
r) Light Bubblegum Pink Tourmaline - 8-9mm round
s) Candy Pink Tourmaline - 5-6mm round  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM SNEAK PEAK :: NEW GEM ROUGH :: Here is a sneak peak at a selection of new gem rough that I recently acquired. I should have everything listed on my website by the end of the week hopefully. In the meantime here is a quick list of the rough and what I think it will cut. Contact me at dmenadue@yahoo.com for more information or if you would like something faceted. First come, first served.
a) Onyx - nice material that will cut any shape/design
b) Carnelian - nice material for slices/tablets/etc.
c) Golden Beryl - Best Cuts 10x12mm oval, 10-11mm sq cushion, 7x10mm oval, 12mm trillion
d) Ametrine - 20x25mm freeform, 15mm trillion
e) Morganite (2 exceptional pieces!) - 8mm Round matched or 9-10mm round dome, 9 tapering to 8 x 10-11mm tapered asscher
f) Grossular Garnets (light green) - 5-6mm rounds
g) Grossular Garnets (light orange/yellow) - 5-6mm rounds
h) Tanzanite - 6-7mm round
i) Peridot - 7-8mm round or sq cushion, 8mm round, 8x10mm oval, 7x9mm oval, 7-8mm round, 7mm round
j) Natural Blue Topaz - 14-15mm trillion, 16-17mm all shapes, 18mm asscher, 10-20mm round/sq cushion, 20mm trillion, 14x17mm oval
k) Sky Blue Topaz - 10mm asscher, 10x12mm oval, 10mm round, 13-15mm round/sq cushion, 13mm asscher, 12-13mm sq cushion, 10-12mm round/sq cushion/asscher
l) Imperial Garnets - 6-7mm rounds
m) [r238] Blue/Teal Tourmaline - 8-9mm round
n) [r239] Blue/Teal/Green Tourmaline - 7mm asscher
o) Deep Hot Pink Tourmaline - 8 round antique or up to maybe 9.5mm round other, 8mm asscher
p) Deep Hot Pink Tourmaline - 7-8mm round/asscher, 8mm round
q) [r237] Deep Bubblegum Pink Tourmaline - 7-8mm round acorn
r) Light Bubblegum Pink Tourmaline - 8-9mm round
s) Candy Pink Tourmaline - 5-6mm round  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM SNEAK PEAK :: NEW GEM ROUGH :: Here is a sneak peak at a selection of new gem rough that I recently acquired. I should have everything listed on my website by the end of the week hopefully. In the meantime here is a quick list of the rough and what I think it will cut. Contact me at dmenadue@yahoo.com for more information or if you would like something faceted. First come, first served.
a) Onyx - nice material that will cut any shape/design
b) Carnelian - nice material for slices/tablets/etc.
c) Golden Beryl - Best Cuts 10x12mm oval, 10-11mm sq cushion, 7x10mm oval, 12mm trillion
d) Ametrine - 20x25mm freeform, 15mm trillion
e) Morganite (2 exceptional pieces!) - 8mm Round matched or 9-10mm round dome, 9 tapering to 8 x 10-11mm tapered asscher
f) Grossular Garnets (light green) - 5-6mm rounds
g) Grossular Garnets (light orange/yellow) - 5-6mm rounds
h) Tanzanite - 6-7mm round
i) Peridot - 7-8mm round or sq cushion, 8mm round, 8x10mm oval, 7x9mm oval, 7-8mm round, 7mm round
j) Natural Blue Topaz - 14-15mm trillion, 16-17mm all shapes, 18mm asscher, 10-20mm round/sq cushion, 20mm trillion, 14x17mm oval
k) Sky Blue Topaz - 10mm asscher, 10x12mm oval, 10mm round, 13-15mm round/sq cushion, 13mm asscher, 12-13mm sq cushion, 10-12mm round/sq cushion/asscher
l) Imperial Garnets - 6-7mm rounds
m) [r238] Blue/Teal Tourmaline - 8-9mm round
n) [r239] Blue/Teal/Green Tourmaline - 7mm asscher
o) Deep Hot Pink Tourmaline - 8 round antique or up to maybe 9.5mm round other, 8mm asscher
p) Deep Hot Pink Tourmaline - 7-8mm round/asscher, 8mm round
q) [r237] Deep Bubblegum Pink Tourmaline - 7-8mm round acorn
r) Light Bubblegum Pink Tourmaline - 8-9mm round
s) Candy Pink Tourmaline - 5-6mm round  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Back home with my little bag of treasure after a big day sorting through gem rough.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Sorting through box after box of gem rough... Six hours I was at it and enjoyed every minute of it. Some absolutely beautiful stones... If only I had the cash for it all. Well at least I know where it is if I need it. In the meantime Ive got some great material to facet. Very exciting. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Tables full of colour! Luuuuuuv gems! Over in the shed were minerial specimens of all sorts.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Looking at a table full of excellent gem rough... what a joy! Great way to spend a Saturday.  Note the lapis lazuli and ruby in zoisite in the foreground. The rough on the table was only appetizers... When the boxes under the table started coming out thats when we got to see the really good stuff. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Like a kid in a candy store... my gem rough dealer just got back from Tuscon and had an invite only showing on the weekend. Tables were all laid out with rough,  cut gems, carvings,  specimens and all sorts of goodies. I love love love looking at rough gems and he certainly brought back some nice ones.  The report back from Tuscon however was a little grim but expected... very little new gem rough material was around and the prices being asked were alot higher then previous years. Many factors are forcing up the prices but mostly it boiled down to availability... there is little gem rough coming out of the ground at the moment and most of what is is being scooped up at high prices by the commercial cutting factories of Asia. From what I heard they just go in and buy it all up, everything the dealer has. It all then goes back to Asia,  gets poorly cut by cheap labor and then sold on eBay. Its all pretty sad really. Ah well,  nevermind... Some nice pieces escaped the factories and made it back to Australia to be shown here on the weekend. It is a joy to look at beautiful stones. I spent six hours looking through all my dealers stock picking out select stones for faceting. So stay tuned for a sneak peak of my upcoming gem rough. I hope to have it all listed on my website later this week so make sure you check out my WHATS NEW page.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Handcut Designer Gemstones :: Discover The Art Of The Gemcutter ::  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM COTA :: Courtesy Of The Artist :: 10b Fitzroy Place,  Surry Hills, NSW, 2090, Australia.  Great space and last night held the opening of Cinnamon Lees exhibition called Tough Love. Incredible and beautiful titanium jewellery with precious metals and gemstones. Congratulations Cinnamon! :-) @courtesyoftheartist - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Last night at the exhibition opening of Cinnamon Lees stunning Tough Love titanium jewellery. Amazing creations that often leave you wondering how she did that. Beautiful pieces all with so much effort and innovation gone into them.  Great evening at the studio of COTA :: Courtesy Of The Artist at 10b Fitzroy Place, Surry Hills. @courtesyoftheartist - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia My friend the rainbow lorikeet come to hit me up for some sunflower kernels. Luv em.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Finished! A big beautiful natural blue topaz from OBriens Creek near Mt Surprise in North Queensland, Australia. This stunning gem has been faceted in the all time classic Asscher Cut. It is 17x17mm and 31 carats. Big gems like this take a while to facet but when they come off the dopstick you know youve created something beautiful and totally unique.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Finished! A big beautiful natural blue topaz from OBriens Creek near Mt Surprise in North Queensland, Australia. This stunning gem has been faceted in the all time classic Asscher Cut. It is 17x17mm and 31 carats. Big gems like this take a while to facet but when they come off the dopstick you know youve created something beautiful and totally unique.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Finished! A big beautiful natural blue topaz from OBriens Creek near Mt Surprise in North Queensland, Australia. This stunning gem has been faceted in the all time classic Asscher Cut. It is 17x17mm and 31 carats. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Polishing the crown on this big natural blue topaz asscher. I use 100K diamond grit for all my polishing. This brings out the best polish possible and is the only way to finish off a beautiful gem. Polishing gems or metal like gold is an art form in itself and takes many many hours of trial and error, experimention, failures and successes and you never stop refining your technique.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM The crown on this natural blue topaz is starting to take shape. You can see the asscher design clearly now.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Starting on the crown of this big natural blue topaz asscher.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM You can start to see the asscher design taking shape on this natural blue topaz.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Working away on this big natural blue topaz asscher.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM The first step with cutting a big piece of rough like this natural blue topaz is to square and centre it. What I do is grind the rough down to the biggest square possible. Doing this doesnt mean it will be centred. Once Ive ground the square I then reheat the dopping wax that holds the stone to the brass dopstick and then carefully centre it at 90 degrees against a stationary lap. Easier to show then it is to describe.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Heres some natural blue topaz that I dug several years ago at OBriens Creek in North Queensland,  Australia. This area is really really remote and the country is spectacular old pink granite landscape. Its hard,  hot digging to find these blues and maybe only one in a hundred topaz that you find will be a blue and even then it might not be facet grade.  All of these blue topaz are top quality and are natural and untreated. They cut a very elegant cool blue,  like an iceberg blue. As an aside, topaz is always cool to the touch,  if you put it beside your cheek it will feel cold. My theory is that its the aluminum in topaz that makes it feel cold... topaz is an aluminum fluoro silicate and just like an aluminum cooking pot feels cold when you put it against your cheek, so does topaz.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM About to start cutting a lovely piece of natural blue topaz. This beauty is going to be a classic ASSCHER and Im hoping to get around 15-18mm. This one will take some work as its a big stone. Natural blue topaz is one of my all time favorite gems to cut... it always looks good and never fails to satisfy. Natural blue topaz which are untreated and unheated like this one are alot rarer then you might think.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Just finished a custom order for two matched pairs of stretched acorns 7x7x9mm in absolute black jade and synthetic pink Sapphire.  Pretty groovy gems.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM This is a lovely suite of gems that I cut recently for a client from rough stones that they supplied. There are green tourmalines, meralani mint garnets, imperial garnets and a stunning royal blue sapphire. If you have any rough stones and are thinking of getting them cut or would like to know the process or whats involved then please dont hesitate to contact me. Im only too happy to answer any questions. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM This is a beautiful and very sunny golden beryl, weighing in at 10.3 carats and 12.8mm. It is cut in the classic Asscher Cut design and is an exceptional gemstone in all respects. It has a very bright and happy aspect, a really nice gem that has great action and performance, the internal facet patterns making a very lively gem that is full of life. It is a big stone and would make the ulimate cocktail ring, so if you like your gemstones big this is the one for you.  The colour is far better in person then the pics suggest, the camera can only do so much when it comes to capturing the myriad colours in a stunning gem. It is a gem that I am very happy with and one that I know you will be too. A truly wonderful golden beryl gemstone. * FOR SALE *  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM This is a beautiful and very sunny golden beryl, weighing in at 10.3 carats and 12.8mm. It is cut in the classic Asscher Cut design and is an exceptional gemstone in all respects. It has a very bright and happy aspect, a really nice gem that has great action and performance, the internal facet patterns making a very lively gem that is full of life. It is a big stone and would make the ulimate cocktail ring, so if you like your gemstones big this is the one for you.  The colour is far better in person then the pics suggest, the camera can only do so much when it comes to capturing the myriad colours in a stunning gem. It is a gem that I am very happy with and one that I know you will be too. A truly wonderful golden beryl gemstone. * FOR SALE *  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Fresh off the dop... a 10.4 carat, 12.8mm golden beryl asscher cut bespoke gem. It turned out beautifully, a real stunner. It has a top golden colour and is a very bright stone. If you like big stones, this is one for you. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A big beautiful golden beryl being faceted in the classic asscher cut design.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Starting the crown on this big golden beryl asscher gem. Its about 13mm so its a very good size. Its going to be very bright and golden.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Polishing the pavilion on this golden beryl asscher... while a curious rainbow lorikeet watches on. Actually it was noisily enquiring where the sunflower kernels were... nice birds but very noisy when they want something. . :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM One golden beryl asscher coming up!  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Good morning folks... had my coffee and its time to get started for the day. The bespoke gem that I will be cutting today is a stunning piece of golden beryl. This is a fine stone and I hoping to get a 10-12mm asscher from it. Golden beryl is in the same family as aquamarine which is basically blue beryl. Ive cut this golden beryl before as an asscher and its a match made in heaven. This gem will be available for sale so first come, first served. Contact me for more details.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Finished for the week! Been working on a single order all week for a client. These were all from rough that the client supplied. 13.3 carats of goodness... Might not look much but there is a fair bit of work there. There are a pair of merelani mint green garnets,  a pair of Imperial garnets, a pair of green round tourmalines, a pair of scissor cut green tourmalines at the back, and a most sublime royal blue Sapphire. A full week of cutting there. Going to have the weekend off and back into it on Monday... Going to start with a big golden beryl asscher probably 10 to 12mm... itll be a beauty. Hope everyone had a good week.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Working on that matched pair of green tourmalines.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM 18.7 carats of magnificent natural blue topaz! This is a very fine gemstone that is cut in a design which is an exceptionally challenging one to cut with 165 facets. I very much like this design and when I look at it I keep thinking Art Deco for some reason. The gem is a good solid stone with a good feel to it. The internal facet patterns and reflections are fascinating and in all lighting situations, this gem is a stunner! *AVAILABLE FOR SALE*  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Exquisite! Truly exquisite! This is a big gorgeous natural blue topaz from OBriens Creek in North Queensland, weighing in at 20ct and 14.8x19.8mm. This beauty is stunning and I have cut it in one of my favorite oval designs for large topaz. This design really looks great in topaz and out in the sunlight the fireworks in this gem is dazzling with big strong flashes of colour. The gem is bright and clean with the classic light blue colour that this material is known for. This gem looks great in all lighting situations and at nighttime it really stands out. An exceptional gemstone and one that would suit the collector or any fine jewelry setting. *AVAILABLE FOR SALE*  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Heres a handshot of a big natural blue topaz I cut a while ago. Its 20mm and 35.8ct so its not for the faint hearted.  This is an incredible natural blue topaz of top colour. It has been superbly cut and polished in the SG1 (short for Stargate One :-) design which is a Round Brilliant variation that has been optimised especially for topaz and stones with a similar refractive index. This beauty is stunning and in the sunlight it is a big ball of fireworks, dazzling the eyes with its light. This gem would be ideal for the collector or anyone who likes their gems BIG! A first class, magnificient gemstone. *AVAILABLE FOR SALE*  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Todays gems... a matched pair of green tourmaline scissor cuts.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Heres a couple of examples of the KALLI design as a round. The oval will be pretty much the same. Refer to the pic of the pink tourmaline with the designs that i just posted previously to see whats going on. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Ok folks, I need your help here.  Ive got this nice big piece of Nigerian pink tourmaline weighing in at 30 carats and I think the time has come to facet it. Now, its a fairly deep piece and Ive got two design options that Im considering. The first is KALLI which is an oval dome and the other is POVAL which has a very deep pavilion underneath. So one is high and the other low. Both will cut around the 9x11mm. KALLI has 185 facets and POVAL has 225 facets and being ovals both will be monsters in terms of effort to cut. Ive included both designs and the rough in the pic. So Im throwing it open to see what you all would like done with this beautiful piece of rough. Im also open to other design ideas and suggestions. So leave a comment and let me know your thoughts. Cheers! :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Just finished a string of round brilliants for a customer.  This was the seventh stone and is an exceptionally fine natural blue sapphire. In fact it is one of the finest little blues Ive cut. It is rich royal blue colour with ideal saturation. It is flawless and the colour natural. From what I understand the customer found this sapphire around the Inverell gemfields in NSW, Australia. It turned out to be 6mm and 1.3ct. A beautiful stone.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM- This is an amazing hot pink tourmaline cut in a design I created especially for this piece called Mock Check Double Charm. The customer wanted a gem specially for a charm bracelet. We selected a thinner piece of rough and the design creates a very interesting checkerboard effect that is very pleasing. The design would suit gems that will be set as charms or pendants. This beautiful gem is 9.8x9.8x4.8mm and is 4.5 carats. Absolutely stunning!  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM This is an amazing hot pink tourmaline cut in a design I created especially for this piece called Mock Check Double Charm. The customer wanted a gem specially for a charm bracelet. We selected a thinner piece of rough and the design creates a very interesting checkerboard effect that is very pleasing. The design would suit gems that will be set as charms or pendants. This beautiful gem is 9.8x9.8x4.8mm and is 4.5 carats. Absolutely stunning!  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM This is an amazing hot pink tourmaline cut in a design I created especially for this piece called Mock Check Double Charm. The customer wanted a gem specially for a charm bracelet. We selected a thinner piece of rough and the design creates a very interesting checkerboard effect that is very pleasing. The design would suit gems that will be set as charms or pendants. This beautiful gem is 9.8x9.8x4.8mm and is 4.5 carats. Absolutely stunning!  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A fine little merelani mint green garnet... havent seen one of these for a while.  These are becoming scarce. The fancy coloured garnets are some of my favorite stones... great colour and always brilliant and full of life.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM And do the other side. This pink tourmaline is going to be very delicious!  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Now lets flip this pink tourmaline over...  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Finished and polished one side of this hot pink tourmaline...  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Todays bespoke gem is going to be a little different. A customer wants a pink tourmaline for a charm bracelet. Ive selected a beautiful piece of hot pink tourmaline that is relatively thin but should still cut around 9 or 10mm. I have a design that is specially for these sorts of stones that will suit a charm or a pendant and should look great when its done.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Aquamarine Signature 4 10.8mm 3.4ct. Bespoke custom cut for a customer to be set in a ring. Itll look stunning.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A bright and stunning aquamarine faceted in the Signature 4 design, 10.8mm, 3.4ct. A high performance design with Lots of light and action that brings out the best in a gem.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A stunning gem of Oregon sunstone. This is the rarer variety showing dichorism, it is green (teal?) in one direction through the table looking down from the top and red when looking from the side.  It has good copper schiller as well. A great specimen of this type of Oregon sunstone.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A stunning gem of Oregon sunstone. This is the rarer variety showing dichorism, it is green (teal?) in one direction through the table looking down from the top and red when looking from the side.  It has good copper schiller as well. A great specimen of this type of Oregon sunstone.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A stunning gem of Oregon sunstone. This is the rarer variety showing dichorism, it is green (teal?) in one direction through the table looking down from the top and red when looking from the side.  It has good copper schiller as well. A great specimen of this type of Oregon sunstone.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A beautiful 5ct gem of red oregon sunstone cut in a modern design called tesss pentagram. This red colour is incredible, a real fire-engine red!  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A beautiful 5ct gem of red oregon sunstone cut in a modern design called tesss pentagram. This red colour is incredible, a real fire-engine red!  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A beautiful 5ct gem of red oregon sunstone cut in a modern design called tesss pentagram. This red colour is incredible, a real fire-engine red!  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM On the dop today... a 10-11mm  aquamarine signature 4.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Working on a piece of red Sunstone with copper schiller. Nice and interesting material but very challenging to polish. This stone was supplied by the customer and is being precision cut in a pentagon style design.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Something very rare these days is to find a well matched suite of natural untreated gems. This here is a fine suite of deep red malaya garnets from Tanzania.  They have all been precision cut in the classic asscher design. They are 7, 9 and 11mm stones and it took me a while to assemble the rough stones so that I could facet this suite. An exceptional and unique collection of very fine garnets, a rarity in todays market. This is what bespoke gemcutting is all about.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Something very rare these days is to find a well matched suite of natural untreated gems. This here is a fine suite of deep red malaya garnets from Tanzania.  They have all been precision cut in the classic asscher design. They are 7, 9 and 11mm stones and it took me a while to assemble the rough stones so that I could facet this suite. An exceptional and unique collection of very fine garnets, a rarity in todays market. This is what bespoke gemcutting is all about.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A top natural 2.75ct zircon faceted in the Antique Round 1910 design. Under lights this gem is dazzling with a fire and intensity that rivals diamonds. Diamonds are not the only stone with fire and brillance. Cut from customers own rough.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A beautiful indicolite (blue) tourmaline faceted in the classic emerald cut design,1.5ct. If the pic suggests a teal or greenish tint its just the camera. This beauty is blue in the hand. A lovely stone cut from a customers own rough.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A beautiful indicolite (blue) tourmaline faceted in the classic emerald cut design,1.5ct. If the pic suggests a teal or greenish tint its just the camera. This beauty is blue in the hand. A lovely stone cut from a customers own rough.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM 2.4 ct sunset tourmaline cut in a lazy pear design. This type of tourmaline shows two distinct colours depending on the axis you view it from, in one direction it shows a green and the other a golden sunset colour hence the name. Its a very aussie stone I think as our national colours are the green and gold.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Bang on 7mm!  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM About to dop up a couple of garnets that are going to be a matched pair of 7mm asschers for a customer.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Beautiful lustrous, glossy black spinel. This is THE black gemstone of choice. This little beauty is 6.5x6.5x4.7mm,1.5ct and is cut in the Mini-Mint design.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A beautiful lustrous, glossy black spinel. This is THE black gemstone of choice. This little beauty is 6.5x6.5x4.7mm,1.5ct and is cut in the Mini-Mint design.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Heres that hot pink tourmaline from Nigeria I was cutting earlier in the week... a truly stunning stone custom cut for a customer, I think they will be quite happy. It is a top pink colour with gorgeous violet highlight flashes... devine! It came in at 7.8x7.8x5mm,1.6ct and is cut in the classic Round Brilliant design. It is magnificent in all lighting conditions. A top shelf gem... absolutely delicious!   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Heres that hot pink tourmaline from Nigeria I was cutting earlier in the week... a truly stunning stone custom cut for a customer, I think they will be quite happy. It is a top pink colour with gorgeous violet highlight flashes... devine! It came in at 7.8x7.8x5mm,1.6ct and is cut in the classic Round Brilliant design. It is magnificent in all lighting conditions. A top shelf gem... absolutely delicious!   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Heres that hot pink tourmaline from Nigeria I was cutting earlier in the week... a truly stunning stone custom cut for a customer, I think they will be quite happy. It is a top pink colour with gorgeous violet highlight flashes... devine! It came in at 7.8x7.8x5mm,1.6ct and is cut in the classic Round Brilliant design. It is magnificent in all lighting conditions. A top shelf gem... absolutely delicious!  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Todays gem... a black spinel mini-mint. Black Spinel is THE gemstone of choice if you are looking for a true black stone. It polishes to a lustrous glossy finish like a black ebony piano key. Beautiful material.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM YUM!!! Love that intense pink colour that only tourmaline can do so well.  About to start on the crown. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Checking the pavilion on this gorgeous Nigerian pink tourmaline. Its going to be a stunner when its finished. I really do like the round brilliant design... Some designs are classics for good reasons.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Nigerian pink tourmaline on its way to becoming a round brilliant. This is a deep rich pink and will be totally delicious when finished.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Working on a sunset tourmaline. This one should end up around an 8x12mm pear. This tourmaline is dichoric meaning that it has one colour showing in one direction, in this case green, and a golden colour, hence the sunset in a different direction. Quite a beautiful stone with a distinctive personality.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM The view from my new work studio... The sydney skyline and harbour. Its pretty nice looking out. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Starting off today with a lovely pinky violet zircon. This little gem is going to be a 7mm Antique Round 1910 design. Beautiful colour in this stone.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM BESPOKE GEMS ::DOUG MENADUE :: Discover the art of the gemcutter :: Classic, modern and unique one-of-a-kind designs :: Stunning gems personally hand crafted :: Commissions taken :: Sydney :: Contact me for more information ::  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Sorting through five seasons worth of smokey quartz from OBriens Creek in North Queensland. Im looking for cutters... only a fraction of these stones will be flawless gems. There are some nice crystals as well and other pieces.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM FULL MOON PSYTRANCE RADIO SESSION :: SATURDAY NIGHT 14/12 @ 8 PM TILL LATE :: tune into GEM FM 95.1 (bowen, qld, australia) or stream online at gemfm.listen2myradio.com (In just under two hours time folks) Doug... - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Busy, busy, busy... Always cutting gems. :-) Dont forget folks, if you are looking for something special I have a very wide range of classic, modern and unique one-of-a-kind designs that I have created. Commissions taken.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Here is another pic of that beautiful rio-grande citrine. 2.8ct, 9mm of luscious gold. This design, my signature Victoria Regent cut, is my own take on the classic square cushion style of cut. It works well in all types of stone.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Finished yesterday... a richly coloured 9mm 2.8ct rio-grande citrine cut in my signature Victoria Regent design. It is a stunning gem! I love citrine!!! I believe this is destined for an engagement ring.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Faceting a beautiful piece of rio-grande citrine... Im cutting this one in my signature Victoria Regent design. I love the many colors of citrine.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A sweet little red garnet from the mud tank fossicking gemfields of central Australia. Bespoke cut for a client who wanted a nice little 5x7mm oval for a ring. A lovely gem. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM All gems great and small... cutting a lovely little mud tank garnet from central Australia. The client wanted a sweet little aussie garnet for a ring. This will be a 5x7mm oval.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM 30 carats of beautiful Nigerian pink tourmaline. This piece is available for bespoke cutting.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Just in, some new select gem rough for folks to choose from and have a bespoke gem faceted. This is a luscious 30 carat deep pink tourmaline from Nigeria, of the best quality. Ive cut this material before and the resulting gem is breathtaking. This beautiful tourmaline is currently available for cutting... contact me for more details.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE-GEMS :: FINE HANDCUT GEMS :: THE ART OF THE GEMCUTTER :: Commissions Taken :: Classic, Modern and Unique Designs ::  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Yum! Afghan green tourmaline, my favorite. This beauty is cut in the Smith Bar design. 8 carats of luscious green.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Green Tourmaline :: Smith Bar :: 8ct :: 9x13.7x7.3mm :: Doug Menadue :: Bespoke-Gems :: This is top shelf Afgan green tourmaline and is truly a magnificent gem.  Of all the tourmaline out there, this particular material really is one of my favorites. The colour is so rich and this stone has an open c axis of a brighter lime green and that helps bring in light from a different angle into the stone. This gem is a gem of many colors green, a fine tourmaline.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM One beautiful afghan green tourmaline Smith Bar coming up.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Just finished another four bespoke gems for a client from their own stones they found. Here is a fine topaz 15.2ct 13.5x17.5x9.5 cut in a very elegant oval design that I like to use for large gems. It has fire and brillance that is dazzling.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Here is that big utopia pear topaz... can you see the old man with a beard and bushy eye brows?  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Here is the other big topaz I was cutting for the client that had the matched pair. The design is called the Utopia Pear. The big one turned out to be an exceptional gem... I was able to get 15x22x13mm, 28.6ct. It is a bi-colour stone... it is blue with pink. There is a pink colour band that runs across the middle so you have : BLUE PINK BLUE It is quite a stunning stone. Indoors you can see the banding quite clearly. In other lighting and outside the colours blend and create a sort of green colour. It really is quite a spectacular gem. Interesting that the two colours blend to create a sort of green. The pics dont really show the colours very well. I really like this stone. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Here is that matched pair I wad working on the other day.  I decided to go for a matched pair of Brilliant Pears. They came in at 3.8ct each, 9.6x11.6x6mm. They are very nicely matched and would make fine earrings. These were cut for a client from their own rough stone.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Full moon psytrance down at the radio station. Gemfm.listen2myradio.com  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Tune in now folks.... The psytrance is pumpn! Its a great full moon. Gemfm.listen2myradio.com - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Hi folks. Tune into my monthly FULL MOON PSYTRANCE RADIO SESSION tonight SATURDAY 16/11 starting at 8PM TIL LATE.  If you are in BOWEN, QLD then tune radio into GEM FM 95.1 or otherwise stream online at GEMFM.LISTEN2MYRADIO.COM - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Working away on the big topaz utopia pear... its a beautiful stone. It has several silver needle inclusions that look like comets frozen as they streak through a crystal sky.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM And here we go... P1 at 41.95 degrees. One big topaz utopia pear coming up.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Some more pics of the big 101 carat topaz Im about to facet for a client in the UTOPIA design.  Its going to be a decent size when done. Just a thought... geologists have dated the obriens creek landmass as at least 300 million years old... thats some pretty old topaz... diamonds arent the only thing that last forever. 300 million years is close enough to forever for me. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Here is my next bespoke gem... The same client that found the topaz that I just finished cutting as a matched pair also found this beauty. It is 101 carats and will cut blue and possibly pink. Sometimes you can find topaz that instead of being silver with blue are pink with blue. I am going to cut a large UTOPIA pear/teardrops... Should be very impressive when its done. Well probably take a couple of days to do.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Working on a nice obriens creek topaz.  This is going to be one of a matched pair of gems.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Heres 40 odd carats of andara crystal gems that I finished cutting this morning for a client. There is a mix of designs including asscher, smith bars, victoria regent, round brilliant, trouble with tribbles and sunflare. They all turned out beautifully... I especially like the green.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Dopped and ready to go.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM With the topaz now trimmed into two stones I will smooth them off and rough them into shape. This lets me see exactly what material I have to work with. Having decided on the design (trouble with tribbles) I determine where the gem is going to sit inside the stone. As is almost always the case, one stone is slightly bigger then the other so in order to cut a matched pair I will first cut the smaller stone as big as I can. The second larger stone can then be cut to size.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM My next project. This topaz was sent to me by a client who had found it at the renown OBriens Creek topaz gemfield in North Queensland, Australia. The first thing I do is carefully inspect the rough stone for flaws such as internal cracks or veils. This stone had a flaw running right through the middle of it. If a large single gem was cut it would have the flaw running straight down the middle and because of the nature of the flaw it wouldnt be very good. The other option is to trim the stone in two along the fault line. So after careful consideration and letting the client know the options we decided to trim the stone in half and go for a pair. The result is that I should be able to get a nice matched pair of trillion (triangle) shaped gems... thats the plan.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Just acquired a good specimen of local PREHNITE from the markets this morning.  The material I found at this location wasnt as good as this beauty. Good price too.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM One of my favorite topaz crystals that I found at obriens creek. It is a nice natural cube with a beveled corner. It has a lovely feel to it and a sculptural aesthetic appearance. I have a nice collection of such topaz crystals... these wont be faceted.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A beautiful golden coloured grossular garnet that I recently cut for a client. It is 2.3 carats, 8.8x8.8x5.2mm and has a stunning color and an interesting brushed gold appearance... kind of like looking through a heat haze.  It would perfectly suit a ring setting done in brushed yellow gold. It would be totally unique.  The client is selling this gem. If you are interested please contact me :: dmenadue@yahoo.com  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Here is a very fine colour change garnet that I recently cut for a client.  It exhibits a very strong change... Under lights it is a deep pink raspberry.  In natural light it is an olive tan. It is 10mm and 4.7 carats, eye clean with an ideal saturation. This gem is available for sale from the client.  If you are interested then please contact me. dmenadue@yahoo.com  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A stunning 7.1 carat mozambique tourmaline bespoke gem that I faceted in the classic asscher design.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Some Sunday afternoon faceting... cutting a mozambique tourmaline asscher cut. It will be a bit over 11mm and eye clean. A superb gem, kind of a nice bright sage green color.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM SANDALPHON :: DOUG MENADUE :: ORIGINAL WATERCOLOURS ON PAPER :: A3 :: WWW.SACREDGEOMETRICS.COM - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia This is 156 carats of exceptionally fine natural blue topaz from OBriens Creek. It is a large stone and still retains its basic crystal shape. There are several sides which are naturally clear as glass allowing you to see into the stone, I call these scenic stones as there is a scene inside. This one looks like you are looking at an an open front door and there is a small snow drift just inside the door that has blown in. It truly is totally unique... there will never be another topaz like it. Ideally I think the value of this topaz is in its natural form and the scenic aspect of it. I think it could be cleaned up and semi-cut/frosted a little to improve its aesthetics. It would need a design to really make the most of the stone.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Cutting a colour change garnet.  In outdoor sunlight it is an olive tan sort of colour, at night under incandescent light it is a luscious deep pinky raspberry. A fine gem.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM SPIDER :: BY BOB KELLER :: This is one of those designs that is really only seen close to the gemfields among topaz diggers and faceters. Its a bit of a status symbol, owning one of these spiders... its kind of like having a red-tailed black cockatoo feather in your hat (its an Aussie Outback thing :-). The design is best cut in a large topaz so that the spider can be clearly seen, generally at least 14mm or bigger (which is why topaz is usually used). They make great pendants and that is how youll normally see one worn. If you are interested in having your own spider cut in topaz or something else, contact me. :-)  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM parti sapphire :: freeform cut :: rubyvale, australia :: 8.6ct :: A beautiful natural sapphire from the Central Queensland Gemfields centred around the small outback towns of Rubyvale and Sapphire. Sapphires have been mined from this region for over 100 years. This sapphire is a parti colour, ie. a mix of two or more colours, in this case yellow and blue. This gem is superb, perfectly saturated and the colours bold and striking. The customer found this sapphire many years ago whilst fossicking on the gemfields and requested that it be freeform cut following the natural shape of the stone. The result is a beautiful, totally unique gem and is going to be a gift from a mother to her daughter. A very fine sapphire - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Pyritised ammonite (pleuroceras) :: unterrstürmig :: germany :: 3 ::  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Pyritised ammonite (pleuroceras) :: unterrstürmig :: germany :: 2 ::  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Pyritised ammonite (pleuroceras) :: unterrstürmig :: germany :: Here is a closeup of a pyritised ammonite from my personal collection.  It is a well formed fossil with a rich golden color. I love the golden spiral of the shell... it is the golden phi ratio made manifest. Ill post some more pics of this beautiful specimen. It loves the camera. :-) - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Some of my beautiful natural blue topaz that I hand dug at obriens creek. These natural blues are among my favorite gems to facet. The blue is a soft, delicate and elegant hue, very feminine... think of that lovely blue color that you sometimes see in pictures of icebergs. Think of it like this... natural blue topaz is to sapphires what watercolours are to oils. Both are beautiful and should be appreciated for what they are. Natural blues are scarce and when digging for them, perhaps one in a hundred topaz you find might be a blue. They are a connoisseurs stone, a quiet stone, a cooling calming stone, one that shuns the limelight and is all the more special for it. They have a special place for me,  because I have spent so much time digging for them, so much energy and sweat to find them, elusive, ethereal. When you find your first true blue, well youre hooked for life.  Sounds a bit like love.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Citrine glowing in the afternoon sun.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM The majority of topaz that comes from OBriens Creek is either silvery white or blue, however every now and then you will find a natural pink champagne topaz. These topaz are very rare and are only a very soft pale colour, it is subtle but lovely when cut. The natural pink champagne topaz. I have will cut a range of sizes and designs and is very limited - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia A journey to the Halls of Ganesh. Spiraling swirling interplays of colour and vibration. Sounds and understandings. A moment of transcendence and clarity - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia I have a large selection of beautiful natural untreated topaz from the OBriens Creek Gemfields in the remote outback of Queensland. This topaz has all been hand dug with many tons of dirt and rock moved. The OBriens Creek topaz is a beautiful gem when cut. Its quite hard and very suitable as a jewelry stone. It is predominately a bright silvery white with some stones having a touch of blue. There are others that are a natural blue as well as a natural pink/champagne. The topaz I have will cut all sizes and designs - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Amethyst :: uruguay :: amethyst shield :: 2.7ct :: 9x9x7mm :: this is a stunning amethyst from Uruguay with the classic deep rich hues that amethyst from this country is famous for.  I cut this beauty quite a while ago. It would make a top ring stone.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Here is a beautiful pair of matched Australian peridots that I recently cut for a customer. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Hi folks, I have just uploaded a new batch of hand cut precision gems and rough to my website. Please check out the WHATS NEW page.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Working on a sweet little natural blue topaz from obriens creek for a client.  Its going to be an 8mm asscher cut. One of my favorite combinations. :-) - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Hi folks, I have just listed a new batch of hand cut precision gems and gem rough on my website.  Please check out the WHATS NEW page.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Waterworn natural topaz crystal :: 158 ct :: obriens creek :: facet grade ::  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Waterworn natural topaz crystal :: 158 ct :: obriens creek :: facet grade ::  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Australian Chrysoprase :: suite of square and rectangle cabochons, finest luscious verdant green - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Chrysoprase cabochons :: beautiful natural untreated amazing green chrysoprase from Australia. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia FULL MOON PSYTRANCE RADIO SESSION :: SATURDAY NIGHT 19/10 @ 8 PM TILL LATE :: tune into GEM FM 95.1 (bowen, qld, australia) or stream online at gemfm.listen2myradio.com - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia golden citrine :: smith bar :: 2.75ct :: 6x12x5mm :: brazil :: flawless :: a stunning, richly coloured golden citrine cut in the modern classic Smith Bar design. A very lively and bright gem.   - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM quartz crystal :: kalli :: 19.5ct :: 15.5x25.5x15.2mm :: western australia :: Here is the kalli quartz, a first class gem cut in a very modern dome design which has 185 facets. The gem truly is something to behold. Quartz, the most humble of stones, can also be one of the most beautiful. I cut this bespoke gem for a client who found the waterworn crystal on her travels through Western Australia. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia The VICTORIA REGENT cushion cut. This is one of my own personal gem designs that I created and is one of my signature gem cuts.  It works well in all material and ideally suits a ring stone.  If you are interested in having your own bespoke gem faceted in this design please contact me ::  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM Started a new bespoke gem. This is going to be a golden citrine cut in the modern classic Smith Bar design. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Some Sunday afternoon cutting... about to start the crown on this big beautiful quartz... 153 crown facets, this is going to take a while. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Working the big quartz crystal into shape. Its going to be a big gem and the quartz is very clean. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia bespokegems bespoke gems gemstones dougmenadue jewelers jewellery jewelry handmade  custom precision tailormade art luxury luxury4play precious designers unique craftsmanship craftsman benchjeweler gemcutter lapidary  highend faceted - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Todays bespoke gem is going to be quite a challenge. This is a big piece of very old weather-worn quartz crystal sent in by a client who found it over in Western Australia when traveling around. The client requested this stone be cut in the KALLI design which is a very challenging design to cut. It has 185 facets and not for the faint hearted. This will probably take me a couple of days to complete. I estimate around the 15mm in diameter of the finished gem. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia KALLI gem design by Jeff Graham. A masterpiece of design with 185 facets! If you are interested in having this design cut as a bespoke gem, contact me.  - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM A fine selection of natural Australian champagne zircons and amethyst. I cut these bespoke gems to showcase some of the beautiful stones Australia has to offer and how good they look when theyve been cut and polished in well chosen designs. These gems are rare and limited. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Golden beryl :: 8ct :: 11.5x14.5x9.5mm :: eye clean :: Here is a superb golden beryl bespoke gem that I cut in one of my favorite oval designs. This is a first class gem, bright and golden! AVAILABLE - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia On the dopstick is a nice gemmy piece of harts range kyanite. Not a stone you see faceted everyday.  The color is devine. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Aquamarine :: 18.7ct :: 14x18.6x12mm :: signature 3 :: harts ranges, Australia :: very rare! - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Aquamarine :: 18.6ct :: 14x18.6x12mm :: signature 3 :: harts ranges, Australia :: a beautiful natural Australian aquamarine, very rare. It is included with thin needles or growth tubes that give or a sleepy look... at night under lights it is stunning and glows with an inner light. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Working on the crown of this aquamarine bespoke gem. It has a very nice colour and is going to be a very good size. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Polishing the pavilion on this nice aquamarine. This is a beautiful and rare Australian gem. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Faceting the pavilion on this big harts range aquamarine. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Preforming the piece of aqua. The idea is to grind away all the extraneous material so that we end up with the actual block of workable material. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Todays bespoke gem is a large aquamarine from Harts Ranges in the Northern Territory, Australia. It is 73ct rough and Im going to be cutting a rectangular barion design. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Finished! A beautiful rose de france amethyst bespoke gem. It is 17.5ct, 16x16x13mm Antique Round 1910. The gem is flawless and in the sun it has an incredible fire, lots of rainbow coloured confetti sparks. It isan exceptional gem with lovely subtle colors.  Stunning! - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Working on the crown... its coming along nicely.  Its going to be a beautiful gem when finished. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Tune into my FULL MOON PSYTRANCE RADIO SESSION tonight, Friday 20th at 8pm til late (local time Bowen, Australia) on GEM FM 95.1 or stream online gemfm.listen2myradio.com - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Now its time to start on the crown. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia A beautiful suite of natural black spinel that I recently cut for a customer. Two matched pairs of victoria regents and antique rounds and an emerald cut. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Polishing the pavilion on this rose de france amethyst gem... the afternoon sunlight striking the gem creating rainbow flashes of colour. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia You can see the design taking shape. I have used 100  280  600 diamond grit laps to get to the stage.  Now comes the fine cut and prepolish, then finally the polish. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Roughed the piece of rose de france amethyst into the desired shape.  Now it goes onto the dopstick. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Today Im going to be cutting this big piece of rose de france amethyst. I will be cutting a 16mm antique round design. The first thing to do is rough the piece into shape by hand. Quartz has a particular property that, whilst it is not that hard compared to diamonds, it can take a longer to cut time to cut especially with big stones. Quartz tends to clog the diamond laps and reduce the diamonds cutting ability. This means I have to regularly scrub the laps as I go. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Some topaz I found a few years back at obriens creek. Some very nice cutting material there. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia The next bespoke gem Im about to begin is a lovely piece of rose de france amethyst. This is very lightly saturated amethyst that has a blush of colour and is very beautiful especially in larger gems. This material exhibits what is called a fine water meaning the clarity is exceptionally high, like clean fresh mountain stream water.  The customer has requested a 16mm Antique Round 1910 design so its going to be quite a decent sized gem when its finished.  You can see the design here : http://www.bespoke-gems.com/gem-designs-rounds.phpantiqueround1910 - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia An old kangaroo that use to come round and eat the lush green lawn grass all the time. This was at diggers rest... a small property right in the middle of the topaz gemfields at obriens creek. It was an oasis. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia After rain you can go specking... Basically you just walk around with your eyes on the ground looking for any topaz that may have been exposed or washed into the many little gullies and crevices.  Here is one I found just sitting on the ground. Its like looking for treasure. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Crossing Elizabeth creek to get to the topaz gemfields and digging areas. It had been raining and the creek was up. This creek is year round freshwater and runs along side the campground. A beautiful place to spend a month or two and experience real Australia. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Digging for topaz just after rain. .. The colours are rich and intense, the smell of the Bush and earth and rain all mingled. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Plateful of obriens creek topaz, mix of silver and natural blue. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Overlooking tourmaline gully right in the middle of topaz country. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Topaz landscape around obriens creek, far north queensland, Australia.  This is very old pink granite country, ancient and rugged, very remote. It is beautiful country, special. I spent four years out here over the winter seasons digging for topaz and cutting gems. One wet season I looked after a property called diggers rest, truly a once in a lifetime experience. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Heres that nice aqua crystal from obriens creek. This one isnt being faceted though it would make an amazing gem. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia One of the best aquamarine crystals Ive seen from the obriens creek gemfields. Aqua from here is very rare and has some of the best colour around. This crystal is a beautiful blue and gemmy. It was found by an old digger and his wife... She was just sitting under a tree in the shade idly turning over rocks and there was this beautiful aquamarine just sitting there.  Incredible. :-) - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia And theres the prize... a couple of nice big topaz.  All that hard work was worth it at the end of the day. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia My good friend dan and I digging for topaz in tourmaline gully. It was the middle of summer and very hot. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Digging topaz at obriens creek, moving lots of boulders in order to dig underneath them. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Here I am digging for topaz back in 2011. Im in obriens creek which is the main creek that flows through this area. This is topaz country and the topaz from here is found by digging down as far as you can go which can be difficult because this is old pink grantite country. You have to move alot of boulders and rock and its all hand digging, no machines are allowed on the gemfields. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia black spinel :: 7x7mm :: 1.85ct :: round brilliant :: rubyvale, qld, australia :: a beautiful glossy matched pair of natural black spinels from the central queensland gemfields in Australia. These were hand dug many years ago.  I just finished cutting them this week for a client. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Beautiful amethyst crystals from the bowen area dug over two decades ago.  These are lovely amethyst, nice gemmy crystal tips. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia My faceting bench where I cut my bespoke gems. I spend alot of time here... I find it a very meditative space and the art of gemcutting a very meditative process. I am very grateful to be able to pursue this art. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Neon paraiba blue fluorite from afghanistan. The colour of these stones is intense, really beautiful, its not a colour you see alot of. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Orthoclase :: harts ranges :: this is a type of feldspar and will cut large beautiful collector sized gemstones.  This orthoclase was hand dug and comes from a remote area of central Australia. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Green tourmaline :: 1.3ct :: 6x6x5.5mm :: africa :: Here is that sweet little green tourmaline I was cutting. It turned out to be a superb gem and is one of those rare gems that look great in every lighting condition.  Often gems will close upand go dark at night but not this beauty... At night under lights this one is a stunner! - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Just finished a really nice matched suite of red garnets. The rough stoned were apparently found many years ago when they were putting a powerline over the range into Collinsville. The bulldozers were clearing a track and unearthed a small patch of really good garnets. Anyway this bloke collected a few and years later he bought them to me the other day at the markets to cut.  They ended up cutting a matched pair of 8mm 2.25ct round brilliants, a 9mm 3.6ct round and a 7x11mm 3ct oval brilliant. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Carved quartz crystal buddha - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Prepolishing a nice green tourmaline asscher. Its going to be a sweet little gem. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Madeira citrine :: uruguay :: Some very rich deep brandy coloured madeira citrine. This is stone of the best colour and cuts a very very fine gemstone. Beautiful rich hues, lovely stones.  This material is available to be cut into Bespoke Gems. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Ox-blood citrine :: brazil /uruguay :: The richest and most saturated of the citrines... ox-blood citrine represents the finest of qualities and could easily be mistaked for dark orange spessartite garnet. Rich deep autumn colours as the leaves turn. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Whats on the dop :: a lovely nice green tourmaline destined to become a little asscher - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Smokey quartz ::22ct :: 13x26x10mm :: obriens ck, australia :: A big OBriens Creek smokey quartz with those wonderful characteristic tones. The design is an interesting one and is kind of an elongated octagon and it works very well in this material. There is a very small veil inclusion in one corner but otherwise eye clean - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Untitled - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Harts range zircon :: 1.6ct :: 6.5x6.5mm :: closeup of a beautiful champagne zircon, completely natural and untreated. Zircon has an intense brillance and fire rivaling and exceeding diamonds at a fraction of the price. A prefect ring stone. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Zircon :: 1.6ct :: 6.5x6.5mm :: mudtank, harts ranges., N.T. Australia :: zircons are probably the only gemstone that can match or exceed diamonds in brillance and fire. Because of its high refractive index and strong dispersion, Zircon has great brillance and intense fire. Zircon is a completely natural stone and should not be confused with cubic zirconia (cz) which is man made. Natural zircons are incredible. This one is a champagne color. .. Every wished you had a champagne diamond but the process were just plain crazy... well here is the answer. These zircons come from a remote locatiob in the centre of Australia and have all been hand dug. Available in a range of color from  to plum to a deep brandy. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Harts Range aquamarine :: 10.1ct :: Heres a close up of that beautiful aqua so that you can better understand the inclusions. They really are fascinating and mark this gem distinctively as coming from a particular location. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Finished! Aquamarine :: 10.6ct :: 14.5x14.5x9.8mm :: harts range, N.T. Australia :: this aquamarine is amazing, the colour fantastic and truly captures the deep ocean sea.  This gem exhibits an unusual display of inclusions, needles that look more like thin long color zones of green/blue run through it and small platelets appear as well.  This all gives the gem a sort of sleepy appearance and overall this gem had a very distinctive personality. But the colour. ... Wow! At night under lights you should see this beauty... its amazing.  The gem also comes from a very hard to reach remote location in the centre of Australia and is very rare. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Working on that harts range aquamarine.  Incredible colour... what a true aquamarine should be. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Nice colour showing in this harts range aquamarine. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Aquamarine :: pakistan :: 42 ct :: this nice piece of aqua was cut into a big Smith Bar gem. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Aquamarine :: 17.6 ct :: 20.8x12x9 mm :: pakistan :: smith bar :: Here is a very nice large aqua. It is cut in the modern classic Smith Bar design and has a wonderful and vibrant pixelation light effect. It has some minor inclusions around the girdle and corners and a small black needle. It is very bright and glassy. Quite an impressive gem! - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Whats on the dop :: a nice big piece of harts range aquamarine, very rare from this location. Going to cut my signature Victoria Regent design, hoping for around 15mm. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Natural Blue Topaz :: 33.3 ct :: oBriens Creek, North Queensland, Australia :: Here is that big topaz I was working on the other day. The gem has 156 facets on it and took three days to cut. In the sun it is totally mind blowing with lots of big colour flashy fire and dispersion. A magnificent bespoke gem. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Whats on the dop :: a very delicately colored zircon with light plum and rose pink hues.  This zircon is from harts ranges, N.T., Australia. It will cut an exceptionally bright and fiery diamond like bespoke gem, probably a 6-7mm round brilliant. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Whats on the dop :: harts range zircon, should get 6-7mm round brilliant. Zircon is a completely natural gemstone with a fire that can match and surpass even diamonds. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Amethyst with smokey quartz :: bowen queensland :: this is ultra rare amethyst from this location.  It has zones of smokey quartz and it looks amazing. Beautiful gems to be. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Sapphire dog tooth :: central queensland gemfields - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Polishing the crown on this natural blue topaz beauty. 153 facets on this bespoke gem. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Two large blood red garnets from harts ranges, N.T. They are very very dark and a deep blood/wine red colour.  The large one on the right is around 94ct. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Ive just finished the pre-polish and about to start the final polish using 100K diamond grit. Big stones have their own set of challenges and take longer to cut. One of the main challenges is getting that facet as flat as possible. Thats where time and experience comes into it and developing that feel for the stone. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Zircon :: 10.1ct :: harts range, N.T. :: Here is that big zircon I cut the other day. The colour is amazing in person, much better then the pic. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia You can see the blue color zone correctly positioned in what will be the culet. This is the best place to position color zones to ensure best saturation and color. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia About to start a new bespoke gem. This is a +100ct natural blue topaz from obriens creek, north queensland, Australia. This is going to be a big round gem... im hoping around 19 or 20mm, 30-40ct. It was found by a collector and I am cutting it for him. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Parcel of sapphires and zircon from rubyvale gemfields - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Parcel of Harts Range zircons. Zircon is a natural stone that cuts a brilliant gem with more fire then a diamond - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Aquamarine :: harts range, NT :: 72ct :: aquamarine from this area is very scarce. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia BESPOKE GEMS :: fine handcut gemstones - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Amethyst crystal tip : brazil : 158ct - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Amethyst crystal tip :: 158ct :: brazil :: AWESOME!!! These big amethyst crystal tips are incredible, especially when they are as clean and fantastic as this one. The saturation is just right and you can see the delicious purples, violets and lilacs playing around in there. Wonderful! This beauty would make a perfect specimen just as it is, however if it was cut you can be sure it would be something unique and one of a kind. I think this one might be a keeper. :-) - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia beryl at the beach :: heliodor, aquamarine, golden beryl - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Faceting the pavilion on a harts range zircon - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia electric blue topaz :: brazil :: This colour blue is one of the most vivid and rich that you will get. Being topaz it will cut a very dazzling gemstone and the finished gem will be incredible to behold. From experience, this electric blue topaz makes an unbelievable evening stone, performing fantastically in all lighting situations - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia chrysoprase cabochons - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia pyrite sun - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Lapis lazuli :: afghanistan :: square step cut :: 8.5ct :: 13x13mm :: best quality rich royal blue lapis lazuli - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Nice big zircon from harts ranges n.t. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Tune in and listen to my FULL MOON PSYTRANCE RADIO SESSION on SUNDAY 18/08 @ 8PM :: GEM FM 95.1 :: STREAMING ONLINE @ gemfm.listen2myradio.com - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Natural Blue Topaz :: Smith Bar :: OBriens Creek :: Australia :: 16.8ct :: 9x25x7mm :: a stunning natural blue topaz gem cut in the modern Smith Bar design. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Polishing the crown on this natural blue topaz - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia My cutting bench, I love spending time working with gems. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Finished cutting the crown. Now its time to polish it. Note that this design is a type of step cut with the crown and pavilion bars opposed to each other.  This will create a very dynamic and lively pixelation effect that runs up and down the length of the gem. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Begin cutting the crown on this natural blue topaz Smith Bar gem. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Heliodor :: yellow-green beryl :: this material cuts a beautiful sparkling gem - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Golden beryl :: 8ct :: 11.5x14.5x9.5mm :: supernova - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Cutting the pavilion on a natural blue topaz - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Natural blue topaz from obriens creek, North queensland. A friend of mine found in and wants me to cut a bespoke gem in the modern Smith Bar design. This topaz is around 300 million years old. Thats some old stone. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Colours of chrysoprase 12 - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Colours of chrysoprase 11 - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Colours of chrysoprase 10 - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Colours of chrysoprase 9 - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Colours of Chrysoprase 8 - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Colours of Chrysoprase 7 - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Colours of chrysoprase 6 - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Colours of chrysoprase 5 - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Colours of chrysoprase 4 - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Colours of chrysoprase 3 - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Colours of chrysoprase 2 - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Colours of chrysoprase 1 - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia High quality gem and carving grade chrysoprase - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Beautiful creamy minty chrysoprase - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Chrysoprase. This material can be worked into gems or carved. It comes in a range of greens, from dark greens through to apple and creamy mints. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Sorting through and grading some rough chrysoprase - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Golden beryl :: brazil :: supernova oval :: 8ct :: 11.5x14.5x9.5mm :: a superb flawless golden beryl cut in one of my favorite oval designs, the supernova. This gem represents the best quality golden beryl, a very fine gemstone. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Golden beryl :: the crown facets have been cut in... now its time to prepolish them in preparation for the polish. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Cutting the crown on this golden beryl - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia I recently had an article published about BESPOKE GEMS in the July copy of JEWELLER magazine.  Have a read... Heres the link : http://www.bespoke-gems.com/images/gemstones/misc/bespoke_gems_jeweller_article_july_2013_full.pdf - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Golden beryl in the late afternoon sunlight - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia A piece of golden beryl on its way to becoming a supernova oval gem. Its going to be a beautiful gemstone. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Golden Beryl :: This is the next gem Im about to start cutting. Im hoping for an 11-12mm asscher cut. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Lapis lazuli :: afghanistan :: This is a piece of top quality lapis lazuli. It is a rich royal blue and you can see why this material was so revered throughout the ages. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Heliodor :: yellow-green beryl :: these rough stones will all cut large bright beautiful gems. Contact me if you are interested. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Aquamarine :: pale blue beryl :: I expect this to cut around an 11 or 12mm gem, best design probably a square like an Asscher Cut. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Just in... a parcel of beautiful heliodor. Heliodor is the name given to the yellow-green coloured beryl. Beryl is the family to which emeralds and aquamarine belong. At the rear right is a piece of aquamarine... it is quite a lovely pale blue, almost goshenite (which is the colourless type of beryl). all these stones will cut stunning gems. If you are interested in having a gem cut, let me know. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Black Spinel :: victoria regent :: 20.5ct :: 16x16x11mm :: a superb flawless black spinel... this material is the ultimate if you are looking for a black gemstone. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Black spinel :: victoria regent :: 20.5ct :: 16x16x11mm :: this is one of the finest black spinels Ive cut.  It is big beautiful and flawless. It has a high glossy polish finish and set in gold it will be dynamite. This is the gem that I was cutting over the last few days for which I posted the step by step pics. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Done! Finished this big black spinel.  Big stones always take a while to cut and this was no exception... it took just over 12 hours to turn this stone onto a beautiful polished gem. Any guesses as to its weight? Its 16x16mm... have a guess how many carats it will be before I post the final pic. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Working on the table. It will also follow the same progression through the laps : 600 > 1200 > 3000 > 100000. To cut the table I use a special attachment that lets me come straight down onto the lap. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia The crown has now been polished and the gem is looking nice and glossy.  The polish is done using 100000 grit diamond compound... very fine diamond powder. Now onto the table. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Prepolishing the crown - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia You can now see the facets of the crown quite clearly now. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Okay, Im ready to start cutting the crown. As you can see, the crown is still showing the rough surface of the original stone. This will now be ground away. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia The pavilion is now finished and nicely polished. The next thing is to transfer the stone onto another dopstick so that I can cut the crown. I use a transfer jig to hold the dopsticks and allow the glue to set. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Now begins the prepolish and final polishing. For me, these are the stages that take the most time. Everything must be spot on, all the points meet, facets scratch free and flat. For this black spinel I am using 3000 grit diamond and then 100000 grit for the final polish. This will give the gem an incredible glossy finish. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Next I cut the actual pavilion facets using 600 and then 1200 grit laps. You can now clearly see the design taking shape. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia The first stage in cutting this particular design is to preform it so that I can define the girdle profile. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Now that Ive preformed the rough stone Ill next attach it to the brass dopstick. This is done using dopping wax over a metho burner. Once that is done Im ready to start cutting the pavilion. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia The first challenge that this black spinel poses is due to the sharp angular edges and corners. So that I have a better idea of exactly how to orientate the stone I need first to preform the stone a bit. Ill round the edges and corners. You can see the design that Im cutting. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Today Im cutting a big beautiful black spinel. This bespoke gem was commissioned by the client who sent me the black spinel to cut. It is a very fine stone and a good specimen. The plan is to cut one of my square cushion designs, the Victoria Regent, as big as possible.  Im hoping to get around 15mm. The original weight of the stone is a little over 62ct. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Zircon :: Antique Round 1910 :: Africa :: 1.9 carats :: 6 x 11 x 6 mm :: A very nice little red zircon gemstone - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Matched pair of golden beryl (heliodor) bespoke gems :: emerald cut :: 2.9 ct each :: 6x11x6mm :: these stunning gems were cut from the same piece of rough.  These pics show the before and after. I call these sibling stones. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Match pair of golden beryl bespoke gems (heliodor) :: emerald cut :: 2.9ct each :: 6x11x6mm :: these gems are perfectly matched with they came from the same piece of rough that was supplied by the customer. The colors are superb golden yellows and the gems very bright. Top golden beryls. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Carved Buddhas head in flawless quartz crystal and some old trade beads. I received the crystal Buddha on the Earthdream 2000 trip through the centre of Australia. Traded it with a bro for beautiful piece of opal. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Phenakite :: square step cut :: 3.7ct each :: 9x9x7mm :: Here is a beautiful matched pair that I recently cut for a customer. This was from a piece of phenakite that they supplied. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia A sweet little piece of pink tourmaline.  Im thinking of faceting this into a nice little gem, probably something flat that would be good for a pendant - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia A beautiful piece of golden beryl that will facet a stunning gemstone.  Im thinking a large asscher cut - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Afternoon at Grays Bay, Bowen - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia One of my ink artworks :: Inspiration : A journey through Morocco and the wonderful architecture of the buildings seen. The seven sisters Pleiades, seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione. Starry constellations, the Milky Way, hearing the heavenly words. Silver Crescent and Golden Orb come together to descend into the House of Man. And the house is entered via the portal crowned by eights and nines. Paths of dark and light seemingly different but in truth one and the same. By union and union alone shall you pass through :: dimensions of original : 18 x 29 (46cm x 74xm) :: time taken to create : 9 months (320+ hours) :: medium : acrylic inks on canvas :: First Edition :: availability : fine art giclée reproduction to original size :: limited edition : 64 :: media : canvas - archival quality acid free :: www.sacredgeometrics.com - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Natural Blue Topaz :: SG1 :: Brazil :: 35.8 carats :: 20 x 20 x 14 mm - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Natural Blue Topaz :: SG1:: Brazil :: 35.8 carats :: 20 x 20 x 14 mm :: What a whopper! This is an incredible natural blue topaz of top colour. It has been superbly cut and polished in the SG1 design which is a Round Brilliant variation that has been optimised especially for topaz and stones with a similar refractive index. This beauty is stunning and in the sunlight it is a big ball of fireworks, dazzling the eyes with its light. This gem would be ideal for the collector or anyone who likes their gems BIG! There are several very fine silver needles but other then that its eye clean. A first class, magnificient gemstone. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia One of my ink artworks :: Inspiration :: A journey through Morocco and a love of Sacred Geometry. This work is a story about the Earth and how it has flowered and flourishedIn the centre there is the Earth, green to represent all growing things. Behind is the golden disk of the Sun upon which all life on Earth depends. Surrounding are bands of red to symbolise the red blood that flows through all our veins and binds us all together. The phases of the Moon which give pleasing variations are there also. Blue is the water, hexagonal in structure like the snowflake crystal and the beehive, shimmering reflections of the Sun. Encompassing all are the four seasons Ouroboros forever moving forwards. spring comes forth red and green from the east, summer colours of yellow and gold shimmer in the fields, in the west lies autumn dark, the dwelling abode of the rain spirits, winters crown of snow silver and white :: dimensions of original : 21 x 30 (53cm x 76cm) :: time taken to create : 9 months (340+ hours) :: medium : acrylic inks on canvas :: First Edition :: fine art giclée reproduction to original size :: limited edition : 64 :: media : canvas - archival quality acid free :: www.sacredgeometrics.com - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Amethyst :: Trouble With Tribbles :: Uruguay :: 3.25 carats :: 10.3 x 10.3 x 6.5 mm :: A very smart little amethyst which shows the wonderful rich colours that this material from Uruguay is known for. It is eye clean and has an interesting and well placed zone that is clear of colour. Its not huge or anything, rather its shaped like a V and when the gemstone is pointed downwards it looks like a mask with the zone making the eye slits. I think this zone (or rather the orientation of it) will need to be taken into account when setting it. It doesnt really show up in the pictures unfortunately. A very fine gem. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Aquamarine :: Smith Bar :: Pakistan :: 17.6 ct :: 20.8 x 12 x 9 mm :: Here is a very nice large aqua. It is cut in the modern classic Smith Bar design and has a wonderful and vibrant pixelation light effect. It has some minor inclusions around the girdle and corners and a small black needle. It is very bright and glassy. Quite an impressive gem! - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Rio Grande Citrine :: Brilliant Pear :: Brazil :: 6.85 carats :: 13 x 15 x 8.5 mm :: An exceptional gemstone! This is top quality rio-grande citrine and the colour is devine. It is a large stone and eye clean... and would be absolutely dynamite set in gold. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia beautiful blue kombi - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia bu, the mighty blue kombi - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Simple offerings to the goddess of abundance - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Making sure everything is on track. This is a yellow beryl that Im working on. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Hard at work cutting gems. Its all an exercise in patience and attention to detail. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Aquamarine :: Acorn :: Brazil :: 13.4 carats :: 14.2 x 14.2 x 12 mm :: This is one magnificent Brazilian aquamarine! This beauty has been cut in my Acorn design though with one stepped tier on the pavilion rather then the usual two. This makes it not as deep as a regular Acorn gemstone. The size of this gemstone is impressive and would certainly make an amazing ring if you like big stones. The colour is good, a very nice blue. It is a very bright, sparkly gem with lots of life and action. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Marlbrough in Queensland produces some of the best chrysoprase in the world but be quick as this material is about to become much more scarce as a large mining company has taken over the lease on this area and is going to pound it all to dust so that it can get the nickel!!!! - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Ultramarine blue lapis lazuli from afghanistan. Best of the best. Lapis lazuli was and still is used today to make the oil painting pigment ultramarine. It was very highly prized and rare. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia The colour of the finest lapis lazuli is instantly recognisable and striking. This piece represents the best and finest quality. It is particularly fine grained and the ultramarine blue is rich and vivid. Lapis lazuli has a long history and been revered by many cultures. Fantastic stone. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Mexican apatite crystals - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia A luscious piece of Mexican opal. Ive had this piece for years and the person I got it from said he had it for at least 20 years, so its been out of the ground for ages. Always thought about cutting this piece into a gem but for some reason I quite like it as it is. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Bi-colour tourmaline :: afghanistan :: 9.3ct :: another great bicoloured mint green-blue (teal) /clear afghan tourmaline. I expect this to cut an eye clean to very very slightly included stone and would ideally suit a long rectangular design. Open C axis - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Those beautiful green tourmaline from Afghanistan. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Green tourmaline :: afghanistan :: Stone : Green TourmalineItem : r207Origin : AfghanistanClarity : Very Slightly IncludedComments : These are a beautiful matched pair of Afghan tourmalines. The colour is a rich deep green with a touch of blue on one end. These gems are ideally suited to a rectangle design and will probably cut around 9-10 x 15-16mm. They will cut very clean gems with a few minor inclusions. Ideally I would like to keep them together as a matched pair. The finished gems will be spectacular. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia The finished gem :: morganite :: 2.1ct :: round brilliant :: eye clean :: the colour is much better and pinker in real life. It is a very bright and sparkly gemstone. :-) - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Done! I finished up with an eye clean flawless 8mm round brilliant morganite (pink beryl). I think the client is going to be very happy with this little beauty. And that folks, is how a gem is cut. :-) - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia And lastly, the table. For this I use a special attachment that allows me to come straight down and cut the table surface flat and evenly. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia The crown is nicely polished... now onto the final step... the table. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Next its time to tackle the crown. The important thing here is to make sure we cut a level girdle. Depending on how well you cut the pavilion and how accurate your machine will determine whether this is easy or incredibly frustrating. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Now that the pavilion has been polished we next transfer the stone onto another dopstick so that we can cut the crown and table. For that we use a special little jig. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Polishing the pavilion, including the girdle. A well cut Bespoke gem should always have a polished girdle... its the attention to detail that makes all the difference. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Prepolishing using 3000 grit diamond.  This gets the stone ready for the final polish. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Inspecting the stone - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia You can start to see the shape of the gem now. I cut the pavilion first which is the bottom/underneath part of the gemstone. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Next step is to affix the morganite rough to the dopstick. For this I use dopping wax heated over a metho burner. Gently heat the wax and the stone and shape the wax. Once cooled I put the dopstick with the stone attached into my faceting machine and off I got. I now begin the actual cutting. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Todays gem Im cutting is a piece of morganite (pink beryl). The plan is to cut an 8mm round brilliant. Here is the original peice of rough... im preforming it by hand to shape it before dopping it. This lets me see exactly what Im working with and so can avoid any flaws or inclusions. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Market day... my humble stall with my gems. Its an amazing sunny day, lots of groovy people passing by. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia FULL MOON PSYTRANCE RADIO SESSION :: SUNDAY NIGHT 22/07 8PM TILL LATE :: GEM FM 95.1 :: STREAMING ONLINE AT http://gemfm.listen2myradio.com :: tune into my monthly psytrance session and come on a journey across a psychedelic landscape of mind expanding tunes and uplifting energising beats :: travel across time and space and emerge renewed :: explore the cosmic potential of deep tribal trance and downtempo - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia ametrine rough preformed ready for faceting :: anahi mine :: bolivia - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia tourmaline :: afghanistan :: This is an absolutely dynamite afghan tourmaline in excellent blue/green tones. I expect this to cut an eye clean to maybe a very very slightly included stone. I have it earmarked for a pear/teardrop design. A top stone! Open C axis. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Cutting a lovely golden chrysoberyl. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Another nice big natural blue topaz crystal that I hand dug at o briens creek. This one has a clear window that lets you see into the crystal... it looks like a doorway with a small snow drift piled in one corner, as if someone left the door open. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia A beautiful waterworn natural blue topaz from obriens creek, north queensland, australia that Idug a couple of years ago. It had a natural fat pear shape. A lovely stone. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia action shots :: cutting a 9mm phenakite in a square step cut design. One of a matching pair - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia rio-grande citrine :: 8.2ct :: 13.5x13.5mm :: brazil :: victoria regent cut :: rich golden colors and classic style cut make this a dynamite gemstone. This design is one of my own creations and one of my favorite cushion cuts.  Beautiful! - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia amethyst :: 2.7ct :: 9x9x7mm :: uruguay :: amethyst shield :: a deep richly coloured amethyst that uruguay is famous for. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia natural blue topaz :: 20ct :: 14.8x19.8x10.5mm :: obriens ck, nth qld, australia :: ten main oval :: this is the most exquisite natural blue topaz oval gems you are likely to find. It is a stunning gem and truly one that dazzles all who see it. An exceptionally fine Australian gemstone. See it here on my website :: http://www.bespoke-gems.com/blue-topaz-sold-4.php/image_463 - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Natural blue topaz :: 18.7ct :: 14.8x14.8mm :: pharoah :: a very fine gemstone cut in an art deco style design.  Impressive gem for a ring. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Flame orange citrine :: 11.4ct :: 13x13mm :: brazil :: kalli 185 facets :: this gem is a true collectors stone. Its big beautiful and in the sunlight just totally dazzling. Its got alot of facets and took several days to cut. Cutting big quartz stones can take a while and you need ALOT of patience especially with this many facets. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Hand shots of kalli, a 11.5ct flame orange citrine with 185 facets.  In the sunlight this gem is just one big ball of fire... Theres a party going on inside this beauty. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Action shots of a big flame orange citrine being faceted.  This one is being cut in a domed design called kalli... it has 185 facets and took several days to cut. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Peridot :: matched pair :: 2.3ct each :: 8x8mm :: pakistan :: mini mints :: a beautiful matched pair of pakistani peridots perfect for earrings. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia pink rubellite tourmaline :: nigeria :: a beautiful sweet little punk rubellite tourmaline that should cut around a 6x10mm rectangle design. Top color. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia black spinel :: 3.3ct :: 9x9x5.5mm :: australia :: victoria regent :: black spinel cuts one of the glossiest black gems around.  this material comes from the central queensland gemfields. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia blue topaz :: 10.5ct :: 14.3x14.3x8.5mm :: pakistan :: trouble with tribbles :: top blue topaz cut in one of my favorite trillion designs, a top little performer. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia fanta orange mandarin spessartite garnet :: 3ct :: 7.8x7.8x6mm :: loliondo, tanzania :: antique round 1910 :: these garnets from loliondo are truly stunning to behold and yes, they really are that rich fanta orange color. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Chrysoberyl :: 6.4ct :: 7x14x6mm :: africa :: emerald cut :: a mouthwatering chrysoberyl in rich tanin tones. These colors are some of my favorites. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia afternoon at the beach near where I live... very hard to take but someone has to do it. :-) - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia rose quartz :: 8.3ct :: 11x15.5x10mm :: africa :: utopia pear :: this was cut from some of the nicest rose quartz Ive seen in a long time.  Rose quartz is often sleepy but this was nice and clear, not slept at all. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Zircon :: 12.2ct ::12x12x9mm :: africa :: antique round 1910 :: big beautiful rich tea tanin colored African zircon. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Peridot :: 2.4ct :: 6.8x9.2x5.7mm :: pakistan :: supernova. Gotta love that amazing apple green color! - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia Citrines :: matched pair :: 2ct :: 8x8x6mm :: brazil :: SG1. Cut these beauties the other day, lovely rich golden color, nice and eye clean.  The client wants them for a pair of earrings... Should look stunning. - DOUG MENADUE :: BESPOKE GEMS :: Finest Precision Custom Gemcutting Based In Sydney Australia

 

 

 

 

 

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