In my collection of gemstones (which is very meagre) I have a very special gemstone which I found and cut myself ages ago, and I still have with me to admire and to bring back old memories.
I recovered a water-worn crystal of quartz having a frosted surface. I thought nothing of it at the time, but it became part of my collection of minerals which moved with me around the world. It went with me to the USA and then to Australia and then to New Zealand again in 1970. At this time I was still faceting gemstones as a hobby and was looking for something to work on. And so I attacked this long forgotten specimen of rock crystal which turned out to be flawless. I invented a special step-cut round brilliant having about 92 facets and it ended up being a gemstone of 18.6 mm diameter and weight 23.45 carats., as shown in the photo. I am proud of the result. It is a gemstone of some character. It looks like a white topaz.