VOODOO MAGIC FACETING POLISH –
Polish like magic with Voodoo!
10.1 mm, 4.23-carat Blue Apatite cut in my Peaces Too faceting design , also pre-polished on red Newbond and finished quickly on 50k Voodoo. Click here for a high-res closeup of the finish.
5.7 mm, .59-carat hexagonal step-cut of a precious Fire Opal from Mexico, sporting a centered needle inclusion. This stone was pre-polished on red Newbond and finished very rapidly on 50k Voodoo – with no issues where the needle breaches the table.
10.2 mm, 7.43-carat Strontium in my Short-Round 12635 faceting diagram, pre-polished on red Newbond and finished quickly on 50k Voodoo. Click here for a high-res image of the finish.
13 x 11.8 mm, 7.92-carat free-form Kunzite oriented exactly on the C axis, with reflector and concave pavilion and step-cut crown. The pavilion concaves were cut with 12k metal-bond diamond, pre-polished with 3k diamond on Copper, and finish-polished with 14k Voodoo on a Corian mandrel at full-throttle.
14 x 6.2 mm, 3.84-carat modified-emerald Hiddenite oriented exactly on the A-B axis (so the huge pavilion reflector face and the table are both exactly on the cleavage). Flat faces were pre-polished on red Newbond and finish-polished with 14k Voodoo. Concave faces were cut with 1200 metal-bond and polished directly afterward using 14k Voodoo. Click here for a high-res image of the table and nearby faces.
37 x 14.7 mm, 56.5-carat exceptionally-rare concave-modified emerald Spodumene oriented exactly on the A-B axis (so the huge table and the other larger crown faces are all exactly on the cleavage). Flat faces were pre-polished on red Newbond and finish-polished with 14k Voodoo on a Corian lap. Concave faces were cut with 1200 metal-bond, pre-polished with 3k on Copper, and finish-polished using 14k Voodoo on Corian. Click here for one high-res image of the pavilion – or click here for another. Click the image for a high-res view of the shot above.
14 mm, 10.14-carat Quartz, sporting an unknown flat bi-color inclusion needle (probably Rutile) oriented and cut to display “spokes”. This is the “sword in the stone” project. It was pre-polished on red Newbond and finished with Voodoo “Q” at 400 rpm on a white Corian lap supplied by Sierra Gems.
17.1 x 11.7 mm, 11.02-carat Lemon Quartz, oriented and cut to display a “Phantom Angel” pre-polished on red Newbond and finished on 50k Voodoo. The huge 13 x 12 mm pavilion reflector faces required a fresh charge of 50k, and a careful touch on slower speed to remove all scratches.
I placed some concave facets on the pavilion of this native-cut African Paraiba Tourmaline to liven it up for a client. They were cut on 600 metal-bond, pre-polished with 3k on Copper and finish-polished using 14k Voodoo. Polishing time was less than one minute per face – and without the circumfrential scoring that’s common to most concave polishing strategies. Click here for one high-res image showing how smooth the concaves are – and click here for the other.
15.3 x 10 mm, 8.69-carat Pink Topaz from Pakistan, carefully oriented on-cleavage just to challenge the Voodoo – The lap had to be reversed because the keel kept cleaving-off during cutting! The gem was pre-polished with a red Newbond lap. Step faces were finished with 14k Voodoo, and the table (approx 10 x 5 mm) was polished using 50k Voodoo. Time required for table was < 1 minute. Click here for an image of the table polish.
10.7 mm, 8.71-carat Rutile-needle-included White Topaz had to be dopped exactly on-cleavage, as the Rutile was oriented to the C axis of the stone. It was pre-polished on a red Newbond lap with step-faces finished on 14k Voodoo, and the on-cleavage table was finished on 50k Voodoo within 30 seconds.
18 x 13. 5 mm, 36.24-carat blue Cubic Zirconia faceted in my ECED Meetpoint Radiant 125 faceting diagram finished with astonishing ease – including the 11.5 x 7 mm table, which polished in about 3 minutes at 60 rpm on 50k Voodoo. Faces that needed meet-adjustments were finish-polished at 700+ rpm!