Beginner’s Information – Learning to Facet
Learn to facet. Articles for beginners who are just getting started in lapidary.
Gemstones fascinate. Everyone loves them, but few can craft them. Knowing tips and the equipment can help novices learn how to facet easier.
Can something akin to a slide rule help faceters today with transposing faceting angles from gem designs? Check out the calculation-free nomogram method.
Gem cutters can choose from many faceting styles. Learn about the most common custom cutting techniques and pick one that suits your needs and skill level.
A review of the most important features to consider when evaluating the purchase of a faceting machine?
A full and complete history of the lapidary arts, from 70,000 BC to present day. The origins of faceting, bruting, and carving.
As you look at the enclosed chart and read about these various machines it's going to seem easy to classify them all as excellent, good or just simply poor.
In many ways buying a faceting machine is like buying a car. You probably would like the fanciest car on the road but would settle for a second hand.
A comparison chart of faceting machines. Compares the usability and quality of service for specific facet machines. Distinguish which one is best.
"Just ask Jeff" gives tips on choosing the right Faceting Machine. Several discounter's will sell anything that they can and do not care about the customer.
Get the insight of Jeff on all your questions and concerns about Gemstones. "Just ask Jeff" tackles faceting machine and a few helpful things you may need.
Buying a used faceting machine is a lot like buying a used car, you can get a good one but you need to know the faceting machine considerations when buying.
Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff.See what his answers are to What is a good faceting machine to start with?
Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See his answer to Questions you need to ask when buying a digital Faceting Machine?
One serious pitfall for the novice is the quality of advice they get in choosing what faceting machine to buy. Here are a few tips in choosing the right one
A resource for Gem cutting Information, this is a comprehensive repository of information and assistance intended to advance and enhance skills in Lapidary.
A Detailed information and guide on How to Facet Gems. In faceting, HAI is much more than a casual idiom. HAI meaning, H - Height, A- Angle and I- index.
Successful tips and information on techniques that are used in sculpting or carving a gem. Find helpful information here on How to Carve, Scuplt Gems.
Not all creative lapidary work involves cutting gems. Rock artistry techniques like suiseki and glyptography can offer some imaginative possibilities.
Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ's about gem cutting. Find the answers to the most frequent questions about gem cutting and be enlightened by the answers!
Cutting gem materials you've never worked before can be exciting but also frustrating. Some faceting advice can help you create beautiful finished stones.
Our gemstone care guide covers many popular gems. Learn how best to maintain your gemstone jewelry and what kinds of stresses and cleaning methods to avoid.
Opals and pearls have special setting, cleaning, and storage needs. Our opal and pearl care guide will help you keep your jewelry beautiful.
How should novice faceters choose their first gemstones? Learn which gem rough materials combine cutting ease, low cost, good size, and profit potential.
Jeff shares his knowledge about dopping with wax. This is an article that gives instruction on how to apply a stone to a dop using wax.
Natural and synthetic quartz rough are both inexpensive. Nevertheless, learn why novice faceters should practice with the natural material in most cases.
Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to Weight and length conversions...What is what?
A color wheel and mixing chart can help novice gem cutters evaluate how well colors will mix in a finished piece. Learn how to utilize these common tools.
Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See some books about stones in What are good books to start with?
Gem cutters use the “length-to-width” or L/W ratio to determine how to cut rough gems. Learn how to choose gem designs based on a stone’s L/W ratio.
Cubic Zirconia (CZ) is a man made material and comes from all over the world. There are several methods of making it, and we explain them.
How can gem cutters predict the color that gem rough will likely show when cut? Learn how the simple white paper test can help you buy the right material.
Should you cut the crown or pavilion of a gemstone first? In this article, Jeff Graham discusses his opinion on cutting pavilion first.
Jeff Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to What Faceting Equipment Essentials you need to get started?
A glossary of frequently encountered faceting terms for the student gemologist. Our list covers gemology, gem cutting, and equipment.
We make recommendations about the best books to buy and read when getting started in faceting.
In Part 1 of “Faceting Made Easy,” Trevor Hannam reviews gemstone properties in his introduction to faceting and learning to cut a standard brilliant gem.
What equipment do novice gem cutters need? In Part 2 of “Faceting Made Easy,” Trevor Hannam covers faceting machines, their features, and essential tools.
In Part 3 of “Faceting Made Easy,” Trevor Hannam covers how to select gem rough as well as dopping and rounding techniques for a standard brilliant cut.
Part 4 of “Faceting Made Easy” covers pavilion cutting for a standard brilliant. Trevor Hannam discusses main and girdle facet cutting as well as polishing.
In Part 5 of “Faceting Made Easy,” Trevor Hannam gives novice faceters instructions for gemstone transferring and crown cutting a standard brilliant design.
Part 6 of Trevor Hannam's “Faceting Made Easy” features gemstone design cuts, like the Champagne Glass, that novices can try after the standard brilliant.
Whether you’re a gem cutting hobbyist or a professional, new to the business or an old-timer, it’s always good to brush up on safety. This article identifies lapidary health hazards and focuses on ways to keep you from being chronically ill.
Before handing toxic and radioactive gems, learn the basics of toxicity, how to minimize exposure, and the symptoms of toxicity due to heavy metals.
Compare the prices and philosophies of gem faceting classes from around the world. Learn if there’s a local club or a faraway school that’s right for you.