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The illusion of cubes
« on: November 28, 2023, 09:39:58 AM »
Was flicking through my Youtube feed (as I do) when I came across this simple hexagonal design, with only 12 facets in total (see below). I noticed that the two tiers at 30 degrees gave massive windowing in Gem Cut Studio (GCS), at least for quartz - but perhaps this is a part of the design element? I re-cut the two tiers at 38 degrees in GCS and got much better performance, but maybe this sacrifices the cube optical effect/illusion? Has anyone cut this design or similar? I thought it would be good for rough too thin/too dark for a standard cut. Maybe also it relies on a very unsaturated coloured stone to get the best cube effect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx53a3N-syc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgp449zTuHA&t=185s

I am not sure of the copyright of this design, but the first video has a screen showing the basic cutting instructions about 42 seconds in.
Edit: Design is from Kevin Green: https://www.instagram.com/spectra_gems/
Diagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cflygkko26v/

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« Last Edit: November 28, 2023, 09:59:13 AM by RoughCreations »
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Re: The illusion of cubes
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2024, 12:25:58 PM »
I recently cut a Cube Illusion myself as an experiment in light-coloured Tanga garnet, size is 7.5mm across the flats. I am currently cutting a colourless topaz in this design for comparison.

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Re: The illusion of cubes
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2024, 12:09:54 PM »
That's amazing.  beers

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Re: The illusion of cubes
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2024, 05:26:28 PM »
That's come up well RC. I have that design on the 'to do' list, but haven't quite got there yet, maybe when i get back from my current trip.
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Re: The illusion of cubes
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2024, 05:37:37 PM »
I recommended it highly, something different, quick to cut for a change, not many ways to go wrong.
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Re: The illusion of cubes
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2024, 08:47:38 PM »
It looks good, I wonder how one would look in a pendant.

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Re: The illusion of cubes
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2024, 08:39:19 AM »
It looks good, I wonder how one would look in a pendant.
Pretty good I reckon, you could just have a thin bezel all round, it would be a bit funky though for the jeweller setting it, as the girdle is a zig-zag!

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