Modern Gemcutting Techniques, Geometric Shapes, Special Conceits

Many Lapidaries Now Push the Creativity Envelope’s Unique Cutting Styles, Effects

Once upon a short time ago, all faceted and cabochon cut gemstones displayed atraditional disciplined shape.  Faceted stones featured a round brilliant cut or one ofits variations, and cabochons routinely were cut in rounded or domed geometric patterns such as ovals, squares and circles.

Along came some enterprising lapidaries and they started mixing the two disciplines. Not only did they start cutting facetable crystals using cabochon techniques and vice versa, but they also began adding peculiar channels, tunnels, dish effects, plateaus, and step conceits.  These innovation quickly caught the gemcutting world–and the world of Fantasy cutting has been flying ever since.

A German gemcutter named Bernd Munsteiner really got Fantasy–orSculptured – lapidary started.  The lapidary world was slow in accepting his unique,geometric designs but once started they took off . . . largely because they were so visually pleasing–and easy to cut.

Cutting the Fantasy Design . . .

  How do you cut those well-known, severely geometric appearing Munsteiner or Fantasy cuts?

Well, it’s actually easier than traditional faceting or cabochon cutting.  Select a piece of gem material (it’s better to cut…