Hematite and Hemalyke Intaglios and Inlays

Pretty little intaglio cut pieces of Hematite, and synthetic ‘Hemalyke’.

Intaglio cuts are engraved into the background – they are not cameos or relief carvings.

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Hematite and Hemalyke Intaglios and Inlays

Pretty little cut pieces of Hematite, and synthetic 'Hemalyke'.

Inlay cuts are reasonably simple - a stone suited for inlay, or a stone with something inlaid.

Intaglio cuts are engraved into the background - they are not cameos or relief carvings.

One of the more common designs is that of a classical bust - perhaps a greek or roman soldier, wearing a plumed helmet.


Hemalyke is a synthetic form of Hematite, one of the more common fakes on the market.


Intaglio cuts are a vintage cut, popular throughout antiquity, but with a modern resurgence in around the 60s. I am not sure of the age of these pieces, but I doubt they are 'too' old. Some of the stock I purchased at the time was from around the 1920s or 1930s but some was much newer.

One thing to note is that intaglios are not cabochons; they do have a flat cut back, but their sides are typically angled rather than domed. They suit being fit into premade signet ring settings quite well.

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How do we grade stones?

There is no overall universal grading system for the majority of our products. As such, the grades we use are internal only. They simply refer to higher and lower qualities, but they may be entirely different grades to other websites. C grade pieces are of lower quality than B grade, which is lower than A grade.


How does our ordering and delivery process work?

You place an order via the website. When it’s been picked and packed, your order will be marked as completed and dropped off at our local post office. We have an account with the post office called a “Drop and Go” account, which allows the post office staff to process our parcels when they have free time, rather than me queuing up and delaying everyone else.

I get tracking information etc online when this has been completed. I typically do not send tracking information to customers unless they request it – but if you’ve requested tracked postage, it has been sent tracked! If you have any worries or concerns about your parcel being delayed please feel free to get in touch and I’ll send the tracking info over! We also get delivery confirmations for parcels over 25MM thick by default.


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