Step 4: Gem Grading
Gem carvings vary widely in size, shape, and quality. You can find small, simple carvings with a glued-on bail for just a couple of dollars. Fine carvings from gem grade material take months or years to cut. Their prices can run into the thousands of dollars.
Gem carvings are judged on three criteria: material, workmanship, and artistry. Of course, size is also a factor, but that is evaluated …
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