Best Rough Gemstones for Beginning Faceting
Learn which rough gemstones are ideal for beginning faceting practice. A progression of relatively inexpensive gem species can teach important skills.
Improving Your Skills Through More Challenging Rough Gemstones
As you advance, you can take on more challenging materials. Topaz will have you dealing with a cleavage plane. Corundum will expose you to additional hardness, while opal is softer than these other gems. This progression will test you but with small steps.
Consider Your Budget
Of course, you also have to consider your budget. A beginner doesn't usually practice on expensive materials. Most of the rough stones I've recommended are fairly inexpensive, but you need to look at each carefully. Rough gem prices vary according to color, clarity, size, and quantity purchased.
Donald Clark, CSM IMG
International Gem Society
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