Freeform Polki

Here’s something for those of you creating something a little less regular! The labradorite and bronze sapphire are what is known as ‘polki’ cuts, which is to say, they are rose cut on one side with a table on the other, so they can be set either way up, and tend to be most often set in what I think is called a window setting. That is, open on both sides, and certainly the stones look equally good on either side. The bronze sapphire is a new stone for me, but I love it. The pictures don’t really do it justice, but it is really lively, with a metallic shimmer. The labradorite is just fabulous; the blue flash spectacular and any of these would make a fantastic focal piece.

Also, we have eternally popular watermelon slices; wonderful, bright hues and great polish. I love the hexagonal green one; it’s rather unusual and the way the colours spread and blend into each other reminds me of painting on silk.

All of these available as usual from my website –



About Julia Aufenast

I am a UK based professional gemstone supplier and GIA graduate gemologist. I specialise in rose cut cabochons as well as standard cabochons, and I have a carefully nurtured reputation for high quality. Currently I carry mainly semi-precious stones and I also have a range of pearls in white and natural colours; strings and half-drilled, round and keshi. This blog is attached to my website - - and is where you'll find information about new arrivals in my shop, discounts and offers, as well as an opportunity to leave comments and feedback.

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