Hanami is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers. And in this case, it was used to describe a design of sapphire product. Here is a collection of pictures of this awesome process, people often see rough minerals or finished product, the lapidary process was seldom mentioned, but it was a hell of transformation you wouldn’t miss for the world! ( via: Imgur )
Rough on the dop
Note the color zoning, pretty common in most flame fusion blue sapphire.
Starting to grind something towards a conical point shape.
Rough girdle outline.
Pavilion and girdle cut in
First few facets prepolished to 8,000 grit.
Prepping to transfer stone
This is the transfer jig used to transfer the stone to another dop so the other half of the stone can be cut. The stone on its dop is on the left, the new dop is on the right. The original wax joint is protected by a damp paper towel during the heat used in the transfer.
Ready to cut the crown
First cuts of the crown
First tier done…
Starting to cut in the second tier at 600 grit.
The crown just about finished up.
The crown is fully cut at this point, just have to cut the table facet in and polish.
Here it is! In this design, only the floral ‘petals’ of the design are polished, the rest are left ‘frosted’ (only cut to 600 grit) for effect. The final stone finished out to 1.6ct and measures 6.9 x 7.1mm.