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

Facetron Faceting Machine
A Novices View of Learning How to Facet

Gemstones fascinate. Everyone loves them, but few can craft them. Knowing tips and the equipment can help novices learn how to facet easier.

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A Simple Method for Transposing Faceting Angles

Can something akin to a slide rule help faceters today with transposing faceting angles from gem designs? Check out the calculation-free nomogram method.

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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 level.

Which Features are Most Important on a Faceting Machine?

A review of the most important features to consider when evaluating the purchase of a faceting machine?

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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Guide to Gem Cutting Terms

Tumbling, cabbing, faceting, and carving are the main fields of lapidary art. Learn about these techniques and basic gem cutting terms in this introduction.

Choosing a Faceting Machine

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.

Choosing a Faceting Machine by Sumner

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.

Faceting Machines - Comparison Chart

A comparison chart of faceting machines. Compares the usability and quality of service for specific facet machines. Distinguish which one is best.

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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 customer.

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 may need.

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 buying.

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 with?

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 one

Gem Lore - A Resource For Gemcutting Information

A resource for Gem cutting Information, this is a comprehensive repository of information and assistance intended to advance and enhance skills in Lapidary.

How to Facet Gems

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.

How to Carve, Sculpt Gems

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.

The Techniques of Rock Artistry

Not All Lapidary Involves Cutting Gems or Rocks: Imagination Holds Sway. Many Creative Uses For Gem Crystals allow Artistic Expression Absent Reshaping

Frequently Asked Questions About Gem Cutting

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!

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So You Wanna Cut Something New? Gem Faceting Advice

Cutting gem materials you've never worked before can be exciting but also frustrating. Some faceting advice can help you create beautiful finished stones.

Gemstone Care Guide

Our gemstone care guide covers many popular gems. Learn how best to clean your gemstone jewelry and what kinds of stresses and cleaning methods to avoid.

Care Guide For Pearls And Opals

Pearls and opals have special setting, cleaning, and storage needs. Our care guide for pearls and opals will show you how to keep your jewelry beautiful.

Types of Stones to Cut First

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to What type of stone should I cut first?

Getting Started on Dopping with Wax

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.

Learning to Facet Man-made Quartz

You can start on natural or man-made, it does not make a difference from a cutting stand point. There are some standard types of flaws in man-made Quartz.

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 is what?

Color Wheel in Gemology

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See his answers to What are complimentary colors? What's a color wheel?

Common Books About Stones and Faceting

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?

L/W Short for Length/Width

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to What does L/W mean and what is it used for?

Man-made Material Cubic Zirconia

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.

Using The White Paper Test

What is the White Paper Test? Learn how to use this simple test to help predict what color gemstone is likely to result from a piece of rough when cut.

Cutting Pavilion First Over Crown

Should you cut the crown or pavilion of a gemstone first? In this article, Jeff Graham discusses his opinion on cutting pavilion first.

Faceting Equipment Essentials

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?

Glossary of Faceting Terms and Definitions

A glossary of frequently encountered faceting terms for the student gemologist. Our list covers gemology, gem cutting, and equipment.

Best Books to Read When Getting Started in Faceting

We make recommendations about the best books to buy and read when getting started in faceting.