Choosing and Orienting Rough Gemstones


orienting rough gems - twinned chrysoberyl
“Chrysoberyl,” sharply twinned, Minas Gerais, Brazil. © Rob Lavinsky, www.iRocks.com. Used with permission.

Let’s go over some tips on choosing and orienting rough gemstones for faceting.

We live in the age of online shopping as well as trade shows. You can purchase many types of gem rough without leaving your home. Of course, you can also drive to the nearest rock shop or show to get your future dazzler. So, we’ll cover the different areas and conditions under which you could be checking your rough. First, we’ll look at the tools you’ll need, no matter if you’’re at home or at a show.

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