Tic Tac - earring gemstoneTic Tac - earring gemstone

Tic Tac: Online Faceting Designs and Diagrams

Jeff Graham’s Tic Tac gem design is ideal for earrings. It shows an interesting “X” pattern on the crown. Learn more about this fast cut with a lot of sparkle.

I wanted an earring design that would be fast to cut as well as a little different. The Tic Tac may look simple, but don't let that fool you. This gem design has a lot of sparkle.


You can find cutting instructions for the Tic Tac here.

Cutting Remarks

Tic Tac - matched set of pyrope garnets
A matched set of Tic Tacs, 7.5 x 5.6 mm deep, about 4.98 carats. Cut from dark pyrope garnets by Jeff Graham.

Note that I have large, distinctive facets on the crown. These create the "X" of the Tic Tac. I did this because as the stone I was cutting got darker, the more the reflection from the surface of the facet(s) tended to show. Instead, I wanted an interesting design to show on the crown.

I designed this cut for some dark blood-red garnets. These have come out of Africa lately. The finished stones show a lot of sparkle.

In 6-8 mm sizes, the Tic Tac makes an excellent earring design. On a very small stone, you can skip the P5 tier.

Enjoy cutting your "Tic Tac."

Tic Tac - Array
Random - Cosine - ISO

Detailed faceting instructions by Jeff Graham available at The Rock Peddler

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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