Faceting Design Diagram: Diamond Back – Tourmaline – Achroite, Dravite, Rubellite, Indicolite, Verdelite, Siberite

Tourmaline (Achroite, Dravite, Rubellite, Indicolite, Verdelite, Siberite)

Diamond Back (CHECK72.JRG)Diamond Back cut in Maderia Citrine by Tony Carson
By Jeff R. Graham
Copyright 2003
81.5% Light Return
Angles for R.I. = 1.62
27 facets + 6 facets on girdle = 33
2-fold, mirror-image symmetry
96 index
L/W = 1.33 T/W = 0.590 T/L = 0.457
P/W = 0.418 C/W = 0.146
H/W = (P+C)/W+0.02 = 0.584
P/H = 0.716 C/H = 0.250
Vol./W^3 = 0.217

Addition # 8 – Cut in refractive indexes 1.54 (78.4%) to 2.14 with no changes. This is a neat one, named after a local varmit we have in Tucson in the summer- time (rattlesnakes). This cuts fast and is good in about any material. The L/W on this can vary a bit with no problem.


Random – Cosine – ISO

Detailed faceting instructions by Jeff Graham available at The Rock Peddler

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Jeff R. Graham
The late Jeff Graham was a prolific faceter, creator of many original faceting designs, and the author of several highly-regarded instructional faceting books such as Gram Faceting Designs.
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