Choosing and Orienting Rough Gemstones

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.

Tools for Choosing Rough Gems

While you don’t need a lot of tools, serious rough buyers should consider the following items must-haves. These tools will save you time and money and spare you many headaches (sometimes literally). With them in hand, you’ll most likely make some once-in-a-lifetime discoveries at once-in-a-lifetime prices. Don’t go to gem shows without them, even if you don’t plan on purchasing anything. (Yeah, right). You never know what bargains you might stumble across.

Recognize the importance of practice. Use these tools often and you’ll become proficient. You don’’t have to become a gemologist to know gemstone properties or the fair value of a good piece …

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      • Multiple Cleavage Directions
      • Cleavage Planes in Relation to Other Facets
    • Twinning Planes
    • Color Orientation
      • Pleochroism
      • Very Distinct Dichroic Colors
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