In 2006, a 300+ carat flawless red Sunstone rough was discovered at the Spectrum Mine outside Plush, Oregon. This stone was acquired by a collector during the Tucson show in February, 2007, and he commissioned me to cut it for him.
I studied the stone off and on during 2007, and during July I spent two weeks planning, designing, cutting – and also documenting that process. The finished world record gemstones weighs 81.25 carats, and hides the wisps of schiller very nicely in an intense barrage of sunset-colored flashes. We named the gem the Spectrum Sunset – in honor of the colors and in homage to the stone’s birthplace. Below is a photograph of the stone. It is linked to a very high-resolution image of the piece.
Here’s a four-minute video documenting the transformation from rough to finished gem in time-lapse: