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Snuff Bottle with the theme: May you be promoted to a Marquis

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« Reply #40 on: November 02, 2013, 03:52:47 am »

I am constantly amazed at these modern carved bottles..

My lapidary eye sees the neck, body, and the area where the neck meets the body, and recognize the extreme difficulty in working through those areas with the steps required to accomplish a final polish. There are several steps, and not a one can be skipped, or poorly done..

I would sure like to be a fly on the wall within a Chinese agate carving shop... ! They are using equipment/tools, and accessories that I bet would be completely foriegn to myself and any other lapidary I have known, and they are not sharing with anyone outside of China !  Cheesy

Then aside from the astonishing ability to create such beautiful pieces, they are using dying/coloring techniques that are very unusual, and do not apply to any known dying and or heat treating processes that I am aware of... They really do have a nice trick going on, and again, I would love to be a fly on the wall..

I see a great many of these cameo carved type bottles where the raised cameo carving is different in color ( usually white or black ) from the body of the bottle.. There are so many that I see that are completely unatural to what a natural stock piece of agate rough would look like.. Just not natural.. Some are, like the fan type inclussions talked about in another topic, but a great many are completely unatural.. Some folks want to attribute a raised colored cameo to the "rhine" area of the original rough..  Just not so... The rhine areas on the external part of the original chunk of agate, and most other mineral types is extremely soft and pourus... Completey unusable in terms of grinding, sanding, polishing etc..

Several years ago, prior to actually doing lapidary, I was buying gemstone cabochons from a wholesaler in China and reselling here in the States.. After asking him several times to give me a glimps into his shop, he finally reluctantly sent me a couple of snap shots... He asked me to be sure and not share them online.. Apparently he could get in big trouble with the local authorities.. He shared many fears with me of the local authorities.. 

Sorry for rambling on, but my eye sees both extremely interesting, and also unkown techniques being used..

I don't know if any of our Chinese members have had or might consider gaining access to one of these agate carver shops, but from a lapidary perspective, I bet it would be a real eye opener !!
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