How to re-cut, re-polish and repair gemstones to bring out their best qualities.

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Before and After: Pictures of Repaired and Recut Gems

Take a look at these before-and-after pics of repaired and recut gems and learn how a great lapidary can improve the value of many types of gems.

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How it Works: Recutting Gems to Maximize Value

Recutting gems that have been poorly cut, whether commercially or native, can add significant value. See how precision custom cutting can transform a gem.

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How To Correct Faceting Mistakes

Faceting mistakes can cost gem cutters time and money. Learn some techniques for fixing common errors and making your repairs look like intentional designs.

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Should You do Gemstone Repair Work?

Novice faceters need to build beneficial business relationships with jewelers. To do this, learn how to manage gemstone repair work (and when to say no).

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Recutting Diamonds and Colored Gemstones

When is recutting diamonds and other gems worthwhile for a professional gemologist? Learn how to make this determination and avoid potential problems.

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Why Custom Gem Cutting Makes a Difference

How does commercial cutting stack up to custom gem cutting? Compare these two similar rhodolite garnets in four key ways and see the difference.