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

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

Tabish (CHECK26.JRG)
By Jeff R. Graham
Copyright 2001
93% Light Return
Angles for R.I. = 1.62
39 facets + 12 facets on girdle = 51
2-fold, mirror-image symmetry
96 index
L/W = 1.163 T/W = 0.211 T/L = 0.182
P/W = 0.450 C/W = 0.230
H/W = (P+C)/W+0.02 = 0.700
P/H = 0.643 C/H = 0.328
Vol./W^3 = 0.306

Addition # 6 – Notice that the ends float, P6 does not cut to center point. Make the girdle facets as equal as you can, but the stone can be varied L/W without causing much problem. This can be cut in refractive indexes 1.62 to 1.93 with no changes. This design makes a very bright stone and works well in darker materials.

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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