Online Faceting Designs & Diagrams: First Wave

First Wave by Jeff R. Graham


First Wave – Cutting Remarks

I was asked for three designs for the USFG newsletter that I would consider to be tough and a challenge to cut. This is perhaps the hardest of the three to cut. I also think it is one of the most unusual. This is a very tough design to cut for several reasons. This design will cut well in most man-made material, Sapphire, CZ, Spinel, YAG…

The “wave” girdle is hard to judge until you have cut the design a couple of times. It is critical that the pavilion be cut to exactly center point. There are several tight meet points that are easy to cut through on both the pavilion and the crown. The C4 tier has no meets and even though it appears to “meet” C2 it does not… (see diagram below) last but not least the meet points on the table are tough because of the amount of them.

Cutting Notes… The pavilion needs to be cut to center point first, then the girdle is cut in (it is uneven, wave shaped). The girdle facets need to be even and the same all the way around. If your machine is off it will show. The C4 tier has no meet points, it cuts to about 10% from the edge of the girdle. If you are off a little it will change the rest of the meets. When you cut C6 in you will be able to tell if C4 is correct or not. At this point you may need to do some touching up… Below is how the C4 tier should look when cut in…

Enjoy cutting your “First Wave”… Drop me an email to let me know your results and what you’ve cut, or feel free to inquire if you have any questions or need some help regarding this design.

Random – Cosine – ISO

Detailed faceting instructions by Jeff Graham available at The Rock Peddler

Gram Faceting Archive of Information
This edited version of an article by the late Jeff Graham is part of a special archived informational series from Gram Faceting. Used with permission.