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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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Can You Make a Living Cutting Gems?

How much and how fast do you have to work if you want to make a living cutting gems? Jeff Graham has some advice for those who want to enter the business.…

Gemstone Certificates

Can you rely on gemstone certificates to reveal everything that can affect the value of pricey gems? Learn what to look for when you have a gem certified.…

What are Sintered Laps?

Sintered laps are expensive, metal/diamond bonded gem cutting laps. Are they worth the investment? Learn about their advantages and disadvantages.…

What is a Princess Cut Diamond?

What constitutes a princess cut? Jeff Graham examines a variety of diamonds sold as examples of this design and identifies their overall characteristics.…

Gram Wagon Wheel Gem Design

Can an apex crown improve a gem’s tilt brightness? See how a gram wagon wheel gem design will affect your gem and how it compares to a round brilliant.…

Barion Cut Designs

Barion cut designs aren’t just for diamonds. Jeff Graham offers some advice for faceting this style as well as choosing the right gemstones for…

How To Score Polishing Laps

Most gem cutters prefer using scored polishing laps. They work better and faster than non-scored laps. Learn how to score and break in your lap.…

Hiddenite Faceting Information

Essential Tips and suggestions about Hiddenite Tourmaline Faceting. Helpful information, details and guides on how to Facet Hiddenite Tourmaline…

Scapolite Faceting Information

Up to date information on Scapolite Faceting. Includes helpful information such as tips, guides, reviews and details on Scapolite gemstones…

Sphene Faceting Information

Suggestions for successful tips on Sphene Facet / Faceting Information. Offers information on Sphene stones and related details, tips, tricks…

Opal Faceting Information

Covers essential opal faceting information and related issues, research, tips, and guides about Opal Faceting. Choose what best fits the…

Glass Facet / Faceting Information

A guide to Glass Facet Information. Essential information on Glass faceting that includes tips on cuts and polishes together with helpful details.…

Spessartite Faceting Information

A guide to Spessartite Faceting Information. Essential information on Glass faceting that includes tips on cuts and polishes together with helpful…

Almandine Garnet Faceting

Almandine is the most popular amongst the Garnet family. With its widespread around the world, only a small percentage being mined are of gem quality.…

Demantoid Garnet Faceting

Essential information on demantoid faceting / facet garnet. Read up on the cuts, polishes, tips and a detailed guide on demantoids and learn…