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LAPIS Oval 18x13
LAPIS Oval 18x13
CUFF LINK 10mm CHAIN Sterling Silver  (Pair)
CUFF LINK 10mm CHAIN Sterling Silver (Pair)
LARIMAR Cabochon 10mm Round AA
LARIMAR Cabochon 10mm Round AA
BEADS 16 inch Magnetic Hematite Necklace
BEADS 16 inch Magnetic Hematite Necklace
Ameritool 6 inch Universal Grinder/Polisher 220v
Ameritool 6 inch Universal Grinder/Polisher 220v
Cabochon 12x10 Oval  KYANITE Blue
Cabochon 12x10 Oval KYANITE Blue
Cabochon 16x12 Oval LABRADORITE
Cabochon 16x12 Oval LABRADORITE
Tumbled Gem Mix Average 20mm+ 5kg Bag
Tumbled Gem Mix Average 20mm+ 5kg Bag
Cabochon 14x10 Oval AMAZONITE (Peru)
Cabochon 14x10 Oval AMAZONITE (Peru)
CITRINE Oval 8x6
CITRINE Oval 8x6

Faceter

Introduction to faceting
Ref: IntroFacet


The cutting of gemstones has gained enormous popularity in recent years - and with good reason.
Gem-cutting not only provides a creative outlet but can be profitable as well.
Most gems that can produce a high degree of brilliancy, colour, or fire--for example, diamonds, aquamarines, and sapphires--receive a facet cut.
Facet cutting uses smooth, flat faces, which are cut into the gem at precise angles so that the greatest amount of light is refracted. Some facet-cut gems may have more than 100 facets. The two main facet cuts are the brilliant cut and the step (or trap) cut. The brilliant cut, with its kite-shaped facets, is often used on gems that are round in form, and is almost always used on diamonds. The step cut, which has trapezoidal facets, is reserved for gems that are square in form, such as emeralds and rubies.
Faceted stones are normally mounted in jewellery but many are kept unmounted as valuable collector’s items.

For some years now we have been marketing Floating Head type machines and we are unable in all honesty to recommend the Mast type in preference. Floating head machines are faster to use and less susceptible to operator variation. We do accept, however, that most of the more expensive units available are capable of the same degree of precision and that the resulting cut stones will be comparable.



Our stock range, of around 10,000 items, covers hobby and professional requirements for craft/workshop/therapy use. E & O E. Copyright: Manchester Minerals Ltd. May 2017