Online Faceting Designs & Diagrams: Pin Wheel


Voted one of the 12 best of 2000 by Columbis-Willamette Faceters’ Guild

Pin Wheel by Jeff R. Graham

Pin Wheel – Cutting Remarks

Shown at left is a 9.5x 6.3mm deep ~ 2.88 carat “Pin wheel” cut from Rose Quartz. This material is nice color but a little on the silky side. The pictures look a little fuzzy because of this. The silk caused some interesting color and dispersion when the stone was photographed. The blades of the “Pin Wheel” show pretty well…

Remember those pin wheel toys we all played with as children? I wanted to design a cut that looks like a pin wheel and has a flash like it. This is what I came up with… This is easier than it looks. The girdle and P1 form a zigzag, and the tiers are every other one for meets, when you cut it you will see what I mean. It makes a very nice, interesting stone, 1-16cts. This works well in man-made Sapphire, Spinel and YAG… If you cut this in a lower refractive index (like Quartz) the blade pattern tends to be more pronounced.

Enjoy cutting your “Pin Wheel”… 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.


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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.