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Simple Portuguese by Jeff R. Graham

"Simple Portugese" cut in Rubellite Tourmaline


Simple Portuguese – Cutting Remarks

Shown at left is a 14mm x 9.2mm deep ~ 10.30 carat “Simple Portuguese ” cut from Top Nigerian Rubellite Tourmaline by Jeff Graham.


Take a look at my article… “Cutting Simple Portuguese”

This is my redesign of the old style “Portuguese” cut. I have modified it to be cut in lower refractive indexes. This design has one less tier on the pavilion than the original. Which is why I call it “simple”, this is really quite easy to cut although there are a lot of facets. I designed “Simple Portuguese” to have more interesting reflections through the table (notice that you can see the star burst on the culet through the table in both the ray trace and the finished Rubellite) table, which I think the old style one lacked.

I suggest a light colored material and obviously a larger stone for this design. Cut this in refractive indexes 1.62 to 2.14 (90.4%) with no changes. The ray trace is only in the high 70’s, but notice that there is no light lost through the pavilion (except for near the girdle). There is a bunch of dispersion in this design when it is cut and like I said, I suggest light to pale material. Although my Rubellite Tourmaline is more of a medium saturation…

Enjoy cutting your “Simple Portages”… 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

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Jeff R. Graham
The late Jeff Graham was a prolific faceter, creator of many original faceting designs, and the author of several highly-regarded instructional faceting books such as Gram Faceting Designs.
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