Custom Gem Faceting Styles

demantoid Barion cut - faceting styles
“Demantoid Garnet,” fancy Barion barrel cut, 0.71 cts, Madagascar. © Dan Stair Custom Gemstones. Used with permission.

Custom gem cutters can choose from many faceting styles. Some versatile cutters use a wide variety. Others prefer to cut the most difficult designs on large and high-value pieces. Still others prefer simple cuts for nothing more than occasional gifts to friends and relatives. Fortunately, everyone can find the approach that suits them best.

Calibrated Gem Cutting Machines versus Jam Peg

Most custom cutters use calibrated machines. Every setting is precisely controlled. Factories, on the other hand, use simple “jam peg” machines for the majority of their cutting. Factory cutters attach a …

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