A Ring, a Stone and a Prize

by hansmeevis on January 17, 2011


This is my latest Aqua ring. I like carving beryl. It polishes easy and if the colour is good, as in this one, it resembles  flowing water. Also, the nice part is that they sell well, ahem…..


I cut the sapphire in a standard brilliant cut. It comes from Aussie and, like the aqua is untreated. The aqua and sapphire are set in 18kt white gold and the shank is yellow gold.


This is my latest lamination stone. All natural this time, with citrine, clear quartz and amethyst. I used to not bother cutting quartz a few years ago because it is a hassle to polish. Just when you on the last facet, a fracking fat scratch appears and you start all over again. This became such a mission, that I stuck to cutting anything but quartz.

Enter Jon Rolfe, aka Gearloose. The inventor of the Batt lap and the Darkside lap. (amongst many other things )


This is a picture  from his website of the lap that I used to finish the above stone.. Apart from being a thoroughly nice guy, he re- invented the entire gem polishing industry’s methodology as far as faceting is concerned. The outside rim is a tin alloy that is used for final cutting and the black inside is a polymer of some sort that he invented that is used to do the final polish. Not on scratch—ever. Thus he hereby earns the  Hans Meevis’ ,—- drum roll please……


for ever and ever.





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hansmeevis January 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

Thank you for such nice comments.
Although Ski and Cathy, Jon being a member of Mensa and me being a member of Densa, the cloth might be of a different weave, so to speak………


Ski & Cathy January 23, 2011 at 10:10 am

Once again – nicely done Hans. I agree with your opinion of the Darkside lap. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Jon, and he’s as nice a guy as you’d expect. Over the years I’ve come to enjoy success stories more and more. It’s even better if the people behind the stories are good and kind, not merely lucky. I enjoy your posts on the Orchid site, they’re always thoughtful and informative. You and Jon have always struck me as being cut of the same cloth, unassuming and generous with your knowledge. I hope the success continues – for both of you.
Best Rgds………….Ski & Cathy
Rocks to Gems


Bentiron January 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm

That is a very nice ring, outstanding! I also love the poster. I tell these sweet young things how their ear lobes will look when they want these big heavy ear rings but to no avail, they still want them as big as frying pans.


Terrie Masters January 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Jon Rolfe is the greatest. A first class thinker and innovator.
Hans and Jon, what a team


Peggy Wilson January 18, 2011 at 7:59 pm

love, love love an untreated aqua….your carving is beautiful! And the ring is sublime. Sigh.


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