Utopia: Online Faceting Designs and Diagrams
Jeff Graham’s Utopia gem design is a large Barion pear cut for light to medium-colored stones. Learn about this advanced design for experienced cutters.
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You can find cutting instructions for the Utopia here.
An Elegant Barion Pear
There's a real lack of high-performance Barion pear designs available to cutters. Originally, I created this design because, sometimes, there's no substitute for a large Barion Pear. It seems I occasionally have rough that just needs this type of design.
The Utopia makes a very elegant pear. However, it's not for novice faceters. I added two degrees to the pavilion tiers to cut this in quartz. It makes a nice stone. Of course, if you're cutting for a competition, read the required cutting and materials specifications before starting.
I recommend you cut the Utopia on the larger side, at least 8 mm wide. Larger is better because of the very small angle changes on the pavilion mains (P23, P24). On a small stone, you can omit those facets and adjust the others to meet.
In refractive indices 1.62 to 1.76 (84.3%), cut it with no changes. I recommend a light to medium-colored material.
The pavilion point may need tweaking in on a very large stone. There's an extremely minute chisel point (P19) that won't be apparent in most stones. Cut pavilion to center point.
Enjoy cutting your own Utopia.
Detailed faceting instructions by Jeff Graham available at The Rock Peddler
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