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#1417, Silver White Topaz, Moon Gem, 18.14 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
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Stone : Topaz
Colour : Silver White
Item : #1417
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2020
Design : Moon Gem
Origin : O'Briens Creek, Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 18.14 Carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 13.15X13.09X11.70mm
Price : PRICE ON REQUEST

This is the very first gem cut in my new design called Moon Gem.

It is a flawless natural silvery white topaz from O'Briens Creek that I personally hand dug from my time fossicking in the area. This design is something that I have had in mind for quite a while and I have always known that topaz would be perfect for it. You see, topaz has this extra brightness to it that alot of other stones just don't have. I knew the design would capture, collect and hold the light creating a wonderful silvery glow, just like a full moon.

The pics don't really show this effect well but in the hand, my goodness it is stunning. There is one pic of the two moon gems and some topaz rough on a white tray, you can see the topaz moon gem glowing with a silvery light. I have in mind some jewellery designs for rings and pendants that will really show off this radiant silvery brilliance so stay tuned for those. The pavilion dome is frosted which helps capture and diffuse the light while the crown dome is recessed and polished. The crown rim is also frosted which gives some contrast to the polished dome. Overall the effect is everything I hoped for!

With this design I was striving to bring together a balance of simplicity and complexity, of textures - polished and frosted, and to make an object which, whilst appearing very simple, was actually quite technically challenging to achieve. I believe the Japanese word, shibui encapsulates this philosophy.

I hope you like my new Moon Gems. :-)

#1417, Silver White Topaz, Moon Gem, 18.14 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1417, Silver White Topaz, Moon Gem, 18.14 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1417, Silver White Topaz, Moon Gem, 18.14 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1417, Silver White Topaz, Moon Gem, 18.14 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1417, Silver White Topaz, Moon Gem, 18.14 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1417, Silver White Topaz, Moon Gem, 18.14 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1418, Green Prasiolite, Moon Gem, 27.20 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1418, Green Prasiolite, Moon Gem, 27.20 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1418, Green Prasiolite, Moon Gem, 27.20 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1418, Green Prasiolite, Moon Gem, 27.20 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1418, Green Prasiolite, Moon Gem, 27.20 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1417, Silver White Topaz, Moon Gem, 18.14 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia

 

#1418, Green Prasiolite, Moon Gem, 27.20 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
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Stone : Prasiolite
Colour : Green
Item : #1418
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2020
Design : Moon Gem
Origin : Brazil
Treatments : Heated
Weight : 27.20 Carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 19.11X19.16X11.27mm
Price : PRICE ON REQUEST

Here is the my second Moon Gem, a beautiful flawless green prasiolite.

My new Moon Gem design is a further exploration into my working with gems in a new way. With this design I wanted to embody a number of different elements, one of which being to represent that ephemeral art of making something which is quite technically difficult appear simple, or to put it another way, to create something that appears on the surface quite simple but is actually very technically difficult to make. I believe the Japanese word, shibui encapsulates this philosophy of simplicity and complexity.

With this design, the pavilion dome is frosted which helps capture and diffuse the light whilst the crown dome is recessed and polished. The crown rim is also frosted which gives some contrast to the polished dome. I also wanted the design to work in any jewellery setting and foster some interesting and imaginative creative designs.

#1418, Green Prasiolite, Moon Gem, 27.20 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1418, Green Prasiolite, Moon Gem, 27.20 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1418, Green Prasiolite, Moon Gem, 27.20 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1418, Green Prasiolite, Moon Gem, 27.20 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1418, Green Prasiolite, Moon Gem, 27.20 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1418, Green Prasiolite, Moon Gem, 27.20 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1418, Green Prasiolite, Moon Gem, 27.20 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1418, Green Prasiolite, Moon Gem, 27.20 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1418, Green Prasiolite, Moon Gem, 27.20 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1418, Green Prasiolite, Moon Gem, 27.20 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia

 

#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
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Stone : Natural Blue Topaz
Colour : Blue
Item : #1423
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2020
Design : Moon Gem
Origin : O'Briens Creek, Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 14.1 Carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 12.37X12.37X11.50mm
Price : PRICE ON REQUEST

The way this moon gem holds the delicate soft blue colour of this natural blue topaz is completely bewitching. It glows with an inner light that brings to mind the beauty of a full moon. The gem, I am hoping, is a simple, subtle embodiment of the particular Japanese aesthetic shibui and it is this that I am feeling drawn to explore with my art.

It would seem that my trip to Japan last year has had and is having a deeper influence on me than I at first thought and is finding new expression in my work. I have a feeling that the light of the moon will be drawing me forward and lighting my path for some time to come.

#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1423, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 14.1 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia

 

#1419, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 18.5 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
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Stone : Natural Blue Topaz
Colour : Blue
Item : #1419
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2020
Design : Moon Gem
Origin : O'Briens Creek, Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 18.5 Carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 12.75X12.75X12.87mm
Price : PRICE ON REQUEST

Here is another beautiful natural blue topaz in my moon gem series. This series is an exploration into working simply with a gemstone to create a lovely soft effect that embodies the luminous glow of a glorious full moon. I have designed these moon gems with a view to them being set as rings or pendants.

#1419, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 18.5 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1419, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 18.5 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1419, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 18.5 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1419, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 18.5 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1419, Blue Natural Blue Topaz, Moon Gem, 18.5 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia

 

#1431, Silver White Topaz, Moon Gem, 10.18 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
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Stone : Topaz
Colour : Silver White
Item : #1431
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2020
Design : Moon Gem
Origin : O'Briens Creek, Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 10.18 Carats
Clarity : Eye Clean (with a single fine silvery needle)
Size : 12.77x12.69x7.85mm
Price : PRICE ON REQUEST

I'm really enjoying creating these moon gems. There is something about the aesthetic of the design that is very appealing to me, the smooth curves, the full moon-like appearance, the way the gem captures and holds the light to generate a lovely glow.

This beautiful topaz has been set as a stunning pendant. You can view the pendant
here.

#1431, Silver White Topaz, Moon Gem, 10.18 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1431, Silver White Topaz, Moon Gem, 10.18 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1431, Silver White Topaz, Moon Gem, 10.18 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1431, Silver White Topaz, Moon Gem, 10.18 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1431, Silver White Topaz, Moon Gem, 10.18 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1431, Silver White Topaz, Moon Gem, 10.18 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#1431, Silver White Topaz, Moon Gem, 10.18 Carats, 13.16X13.11X10.41mm - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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