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RusMusc

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Cutting sapphires
« on: July 12, 2018, 09:55:40 AM »
New to site. I have several small sapphires that might cut a stone. I understand that Thailand is well known for cutting stones. I would appreciate info on who is has a good reputation in Thailand , is reliable and respectably priced.
Any information is much appreciated.
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Rus

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Re: Cutting sapphires
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2018, 10:04:25 AM »
While I haven't used them personally, most people here send their stones to Lamberts in Thailand.

https://www.lambertgems.com/gem-cutting-1


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Re: Cutting sapphires
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2018, 11:40:53 AM »
Lots of our members have used Lamberts.


If you do a search, you will see lots of relevant discussions.


Lamberts are reliable but they can be very slow.  You should not panic if it takes quite a long time to get your stones back.
Strongly recommend paying the small amount extra to get them cut into calibrated sizes.
They will cut for maximum weight if you dont give them specific instructions - think about what you want and tell them. 
That way you will be more likely to be pleased with the result.


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Re: Cutting sapphires
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2018, 01:09:57 PM »
Hi,

I've used Lamberts and was very happy with them - especially with smaller stones, even very small zircons.  Small zircons have such a lovely brilliance even the small ones are worth cutting in my opinion.

The main cost is the postage there and back - so given that is essentially a fixed cost it is often worth 'saving up' some stones and sending them all at once.  Also you can send anything that you are even unsure of as they'll just post it back to you if they can't cut something (having said that don't send every bit of rubbish!).  So I sent of quite a few sapphires - even some flawed but otherwise clear stones I'm hoping they'll be able to get a stone out of a portion, also quite a few zircons of all sizes, and even a nice little bit of citrine.

I sent mine in early May and they are not back yet.  They do email you to confirm they have arrived and are upfront that it can take up to 3 months depending on what work they have in.

The main thing is they will cut small stones at a viable price (a dollar or two) that unless you are going to do yourself are just not even vaguely viable to pay someone here to cut.

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Re: Cutting sapphires
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2018, 02:44:02 PM »
Aster is another one,  http://www.astergem.com/

I haven't used them, just putting it out there as another option.

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Re: Cutting sapphires
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2018, 04:46:17 PM »
I had 160 stones cut at lamberts make sure you give clear instructions on the cut you want or they will cut for weight and this can badly affect the colour in sapphires also its not as cheap as people think my stones worked out at $7 each most are well under a carat and remember the price they quote is in US dollars. This is still very cheap cutting but when you listen to people who say just a dollar or two and you get a bill for about a $1000 it can be a surprise.
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Re: Cutting sapphires
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2018, 04:52:38 PM »
I had 160 stones cut at lamberts make sure you give clear instructions on the cut you want or they will cut for weight and this can badly affect the colour in sapphires also its not as cheap as people think my stones worked out at $7 each most are well under a carat and remember the price they quote is in US dollars. This is still very cheap cutting but when you listen to people who say just a dollar or two and you get a bill for about a $1000 it can be a surprise.
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