Cabochons

Free-Form Designer Cabochons (Cabs)

Free-Form Designer Cabochons (Cabs)

Pictured above is a free form designer cabochon, or cab, from ‘The Carver’. Free-form means that I have shaped and polished the pictured stone to maximize its natural beauty. The stone is not cut and polished to a specific shape–oval, square or round–or to a specific size. Most cabs are of a uniform shape (oval or round and sometimes rectangular or square) and usually these are cut to a size predetermined to fit easily and exactly into a mass-produced stock jewelry setting for a ring, bracelet, pendant, belt buckle, or whatever.  These stock settings are machine made, inexpensive, and widely used to make jewelry designed to take a single specifically shaped and sized cab. The free-form designer cab is a stone cut without a specific standardized shape or size and it requires a metal setting, usually silver or gold, that is individually designed and constructed to fit the specific size […]

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Designer Gem Stones Gallery #9

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #9

Gallery #9 is the final entry in the Designer Gem Stones Galleries set and is another great example of the wide array of stones to be found in the “Carver”! Photo #2376 – Geode with small plume agate Picture #2381 – Picture agate with sun setting  

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #8

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #8

Gallery #8 of the Designer Gem Stones Galleries contains a variety of colors and designs, as you will see! Two examples: Photo #2183 – Flower garden agate Photo #2373 – Plume agate, three dimensional plume of black edged in red.  The prettiest plume I have ever seen!

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #7

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #7

There is a rather astonishing array of diverse stones in Gallery 7. See for yourself! Details: Photo #2312 – nodule cross-section with plume agate at the bottom and fortification agate above. Photo #2329 – agate nodule cross-section. Photo #2531 – This is a gorgeous sagenitic agate reminiscent of the West Texas range.    

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #6

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #6

Gallery #6 offers great examples of the diversity of the Carver. Some of these polished stones are truly unique! Details: Photo #2293: Yellow/green/red jasper suspended in silica which formed the agate to the left: a jaspagate Photo #2294: Vein agate with plume inclusions on left side Photo #2302: Fabulous yellow inclusion in chalcedony

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #5

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #5

We are about halfway through the new Designer Gem Stone Galleries, with Gallery #5 going live today! Be sure to visit and check out these new polished stones. Details: Photo #2267:  Red and yellow jasper with green/blue silica agatization and lots of inclusions.  A wonderfully complex and beautiful stone. Photo #2276: “West Texas baconite.” I found it, I named it. This agate is part of the rind of a broken geode. Note the crystals from the geode center on the bottom. Photo #2281:  Cross-section of nodule, red/orange/yellow fortification agate with lots of mossy or bread-moldy-looking inclusions to the right.

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #4

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #4

Another new Designer Gem Stones Gallery is up! Be sure to visit and check out these new polished stones. Details: Photo #2250: Cross-section of carnelian nodule with white crystalline center.  For as yet unknown reasons, nearly 100% of red carnelian nodules from The Carver are heavily fractured.   Photo #2249:  “The Sun Flowers”.  This sun burst pattern is the result of cutting a slab from a silica nodule which contained starburst-like formations formed from zeolites.  They are observed in many different colors on The Carver.

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #3

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #3

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #3 is now available! Be sure to visit and check out these new polished stones. Details: Photo #2225:  Brecciated (fractured) jasper naturally re-cemented with silica.   Photo #2226:  Fractured lava naturally re-cemented with silica forming a yellow-black agate band through the middle.  These brecciated lava/agates are my second favorite Carver rock type. Photo #2229:  Fractured yellow jasper naturally re-cemented with silica and fortification agates and wild diverse inclusions.

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #2

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #2

Designer Gem Stones Gallery #2 is now available! Be sure to visit and check out these new polished stones. Details: Photo #2199: jaspagate, part agate, part jasper, yellow-orange-green jasper with silica fortification agates filling in the gaps between the jaspers. I love ‘The Carver’ jaspers and jaspagates! Photo #2200: I don’t know what happened here…..but how interesting to anyone who loves rocks. Tell me what you think. Photo #2210: Almost moss agate with a red vug.

The Carver Family Jewels

The Carver Family Jewels

New gemstone gallery! This collection showcases mostly cabochons and free form gemstones, hand cut and polished by John Carver. They dramatically depict the diversity of the gemstones which have been found over the last 8 years on The Carver. View these new stones at the Designer Gem Stones Gallery 1. This new gallery is the first of several, so stay tuned!