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Learn to facet. Articles for beginners who are just getting started in lapidary.

Faceting Equipment Essentials

What faceting equipment do novices need to learn to cut gems? Learn what faceting machines, laps, books, and supplies are most suitable for beginners.…

Buying a Faceting Machine

Buying a faceting machine means making compromises between economy, looks, and technical features. Learn what questions to ask before you make…

Gem Cutting FAQ

Our gem cutting FAQ covers some common questions from novice faceters. Topics include how to get started, how to clean gemstones, and dopping issues.…

How to Facet Gems

What does it take to facet gems? Patience and HAI, locking the gem at the right height, angle, and index on a faceting machine. Learn how you can do…

Custom Gem Faceting Styles

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…

Choosing the Right Faceting Machine

“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…

Buying a Faceting Machine

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…

Weight Length Conversions

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…

Faceting Machine Considerations

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…

A Good Faceting Machine

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…

Digital Faceting Machine

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?…

Living With Your 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…

The History of Lapidary

A full and complete history of the lapidary arts, from 70,000 BC to present day. The origins of faceting, bruting, and carving.

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