Cabachon Cutting, Step-by-Step – Bill Depue
Next you visit the Main Gem Hall – literally aisle after aisle (17 rows back to back) of some of the most spectacular gems I have ever seen…most humans will never in their lives see gems of this quality! There was also a small display of some of the museum-grade gems that have been donated to GIA’s private collection and small grouping of items from the traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution.
There are a wide array of hinge size, pattern and design, each corresponding to a specific use. Since they are invariably named after the shape they most closely resemble, just keep in mind how they look when ordering one. But still keep in mind that each blacksmith will probably have his own design! For example, I saw in the Bennetts Ironmongers website that there are such devices as T-hinges, spring hinges, even butt hinges!
Boulle used a great variety of wood. Ebony was one of his favorites, but oak, walnut, tulip, rosette wood corner blocks, rosewood, and other more costly woods were also used. Many of his pupils later became well known cabinet makers. Among them were Levasseur, Jacob, and Oeben. The furniture of this period was as a rule large and in the main rectangular lines predominated. The chairs were commonly reinforced with heavy stretchers between the legs.
Paneling was large and vigorous. The main structural lines of the panels were straight and rectangular, but much ornament was used. A dado usually ran around the room, the panels above it running up to an ornate cornice. As a rule, the colors used were a cream ground and gilt moldings although natural oak and other painted colors were also employed.
* Never write titles in full upper case – CAPITALS. IT LOOKS AWFUL, UNPROFESSIONAL, AND FAR FROM ATTRACTING ATTENTION IT MAKES YOUR TITLE MUCH HARDER TO READ. IT IS OKAY TO USE UPPER CASE ON ONE OR TWO WORDS IN YOUR TITLE.
* Keep text aligned to the left, sometimes to the right where the graphic is placed extreme left. Don’t center or justify a column of text without good reason. And there are few if any goods reasons for doing so. Centre text is difficult to read and creates odd lengths that create a totally amateurish appearance. Justified text is even worse with lengthy gaps between words which themselves are longer than average.
A few months after the death of Richelieu, Louis Xlll died, leaving his five-year-old son Louis XIV to reign for seventy-two years, first under the restraint of Mazarin, and later as absolute monarch. With his succession and under the unbroken influence of his long reign all the arts flourished to an extraordinary degree. Le Roy Soldi ruled with a magnificence and state unknown since the days of the Roman Empire. Colbert, his able minister, gathered famous artists and craftsmen together and housed them in the Louvre under royal patronage.
1. The Tucson Gem Show is this giant show with tons of booths…not quite…the Tucson Gem Show is actually 46 separate shows and each individual show can house 50 to 500 vendors.
Trends I noticed at AGTA: