Faceting Design Diagram: Opposed Bar 1.50 – Tourmaline – Achroite, Dravite, Rubellite, Indicolite, Verdelite, Siberite


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

Opposed Bar 1.50 (MC22.JRG) 12.58 carat bi-color Tourmaline
By Jeff R. Graham
Copyright 1999
88.4% Light Return
Angles for R.I. = 1.62
17 facets + 8 facets on girdle = 25
2-fold, mirror-image symmetry
96 index
L/W = 1.500 T/W = 0.862 T/L = 0.575
P/W = 0.482 C/W = 0.212
H/W = (P+C)/W+0.02 = 0.714
P/H = 0.675 C/H = 0.297
Vol./W^3 = 0.634

Addition # 4 – This cut easy and can be almost any L/W with no changes. It works well in Tourmaline that is dark or closed on the “c” axis. You can cut the corners in or leave them pointed, 1cts and up… NOTE: P5 is optional. Cut this in R.I. 1.62 to 1.76 without changes.


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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