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Book48 - How to Cut a Diamond - $49.50 Clearance $19.95
How to Cut a Diamond How to Cut a Diamond
by Leonard Ludel
Hard cover, 8.75" x 11.25", 250 pages, copyright 1985
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How To Cut A Diamond by Leonard Ludel is now Out of Print. Don't miss this final chance to add this classic text to your library at our clearance price!

How To Cut A Diamond presents the fundamental basis for becoming a diamond cutter and a thorough exposition of the art of diamond cutting. It is strongly suggested before investing in machinery, equipment, tools or diamonds that the aspiring diamond cutter peruse this text thoroughly. An avid reader who makes a study of this text, and who is determined to become a diamond cutter, can acquire the necessary insight into the crystallography of diamonds and the highly specialized tools and techniques involved in cutting them.

This text may also serve to profitably convince some colored stone faceters who are interested in cutting diamonds, but who are still unfamiliar with the complexities involved in the art of diamond cutting, that cutting diamonds may or may not be suitable for them as a hobby or vocation.

The text is organized into 12 chapters: I Tools and Equipment, II The Wheel - Its Preparation, Care and Use, III Cleaving and Sawing, IV Girdling or Shaping, V Proportion in the Diamond, VI Proportion Continued - Blocking Bottoms and Bolas, VII Grain in the Diamond - blocking The Four and Two Points, VIII Cutting a Three Point - Blocking and Brillianteering, IX Brillianteering of a Four and Two Point Diamond, X Cutting the Fancy Shapes - The Straight Edged and Free Form, XI Cutting the Ellipticals, and XII Brillianteering the Ellipticals.


Video20 - Beginning Faceting - $40.00
Beginning Faceting Beginning Faceting DVD Video
Produced by Marina Shoupe
Running time approximately 240 minutes, copyright 2013

From ancient Egyprian stone polishing through Renaissance and Middle Eastern faceting of crystals to modern gem and diamond cutting, man has been fascinated with enhancing the play of light and color through the lapidary arts. This meticulous 2-disc faceting primer featuring lapidary artist Jim Barzee runs almost 4 hours and is designed with the beginning faceter in mind.

In this tutorial DVD you will:

• Learn the nomenclature of a faceting machine and its adjustments.
• Learn how to facet a Standard Round Brilliant, step by step and in real time.


Book50 - Introduction to Meetpoint Faceting - $13.95
Introduction to Meetpoint Faceting Introduction to Meetpoint Faceting
by Robert Long and Norman Steele
Spiral bound, 8.5" x 11", 126 pages, copyright 1985
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We suggest beginning faceters purchase Introduction To Meetpoint Faceting. First published in 1985, this classic faceting text belongs in the library of every faceter and will be especially appreciated by novice faceters and faceting students. The purpose of Introduction To Meetpoint Faceting is to introduce the faceting terminology and techniques peculiar to the meetpoint method of faceting.

Meetpoint faceting is a system of cutting the non-round facet designs without using preformers to generate an exact preformed outline as a starting point. Because each set of facets is cut to a meetpoint or target formed by cutting a previous set of facets, the meetpoint cutting can be done very accurately. The experience and understanding gained cutting the designs in this book can change you from a beginning cutter with lots of fears of the unknown, to a confident intermediate cutter.

Introduction To Meetpoint Faceting presents five designs in well illustrated, step-by-step sequences as a vehicle for introducing the faceter to the meetpoint technique and advancing their faceting skills. The "Round Brilliant" emphasizes the importance of cutting sequence. The "Lazy Oval" introduces the requirement for using 1/10th degree angle settings. The "Commercial Marquise" addresses the problems associated with a long narrow shape, along with the special need for absolute accuracy in realigning the stone to the previously established indexing after transfer. The "Superpear 96" design demonstrates off-center dopping and the large number of different steps required due to having only one axis of symmetry. The "Ember" design introduces the Centerpoint Angle Method (CAM) preform and the indefinite cutting depth of the first step of an "outside-to-inside" cutting sequence.


Book42 - Facet Cutters Handbook - $5.00
Facet Cutters Handbook Facet Cutters Handbook
by Edward J. Soukup
Soft cover, 5.5" x 8.5", 64 pages, copyright 1962
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Facet Cutters Handbook is a faceting primer written for the primary purpose of helping the beginning faceter and those who still consider themselves in this class. Separate sections explain dopping, polishing, faceting angles, and index conversion.

Detailed instructions and diagrams are provided for cutting the Standard Brilliant, French aka Calibre, Triangle Step, Double French aka Cardinal, Emerald, Six-Rayed Star, Pentagon, Cut-Corner Triangle, Step Cut, Cardinal Kite, Cut-Corner Kite, Keystone Step, Keystone Cardinal, Cut-Corner Keystone, Oblong Hexagon, Modified Square Brilliant, Don Diego, Step Cut round, Double Bar, Bar Cut Pendeloque, Hexagonal Brilliant, Opposed Bar, and Scintillator Brilliant.

First published in 1962, Facet Cutters Handbook is an enduring classic which has weathered the test of time. Compact and concisely written, this primer provides a lot of faceting information and how-to for a modest cost.


Book51 - Fundamental Faceting - $8.95
Fundamental Faceting Fundamental Faceting
by Graves Company
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 29 pages, copyright 1996
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Fundamental Faceting is published by the Graves Company as a faceting primer and manual for the Graves faceting machines. While the illustrations employ Graves machines, there is also a good deal of general how-to information for any new faceter in this booklet.

Section I Introduction covers History and Terms. Section II Gems covers Selection of Faceting Rough and Type Of Cuts. Section III Machine Description covers General, Faceting Head and Machine Description. Section IV Faceting Procedures covers Faceting Sequence, Types Of Laps, Dopping, Preforming, Preforming Procedure, Cutting The Girdle and Pavilion Facets, Transferring, Cutting The Crown, Cutting The Table, Polishing and Faceting Tips. Section V Light covers Refraction, Reflection, Critical Angle and Dispersion. Section VI Diagrams and Tables covers Angles In Faceting, Gem Material Data, Diamond Polishing, Round Brilliant Cut With Faceted Girdle, Square Step Cut, and The Emerald Cut. Section VII Equipment Maintenance covers Metal Bonded Laps and Machine.

An index and addendum of additional reading is included.


Book60 - Diagrams for Faceting Volume I - $29.00
Diagrams for Faceting Volume I Diagrams for Faceting Volume I
by Glenn and Martha Vargas
Hard cover, 7.5" x 11", 166 pages, copyright 1975
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Diagrams for Faceting Volume I is the first volume in the set of three collections of faceting diagrams published by Glenn and Martha Vargas. Included are 160 diagrams that will produce at least that many different gems. Nearly 20 of these have variations that will produce another gem.

This book is divided into ten sections with each section including diagrams that have a close relationship. These are the step cuts, round brilliants, multifacet brilliants, mixed cuts and others. Within each section those that have further relationships are grouped together.

In general, the book starts with the very simple, moves to the more complex and ends with a section devoted to unusual shapes for faceted gems. The greatest part of the book is devoted to the diagrams that are popular, or those that stand to become popular. Nearly all diagrams have some accompanying text that gives a bit of history, or some hints on cutting. Each section, and some of the more unusual diagrams are introduced by explanatory text.

The diagrams include Section I The Very Simple; Section II The Round Brilliants; Section III Brilliants Without Pavillions; Section IV Brilliants Variations of a Circle; Section V Brilliants Other Than Round; Section VI Multifacet Brilliants; Section VII Step Cuts; Section VIII Variations on Geometric Forms; Section IX Mixed Cuts; and Section X The Unusual, The Domed Cuts, The Barion Cuts. Also provided are index transposition charts, a table of recommended culet and crown angles for nearly 200 facetable materials, and a glossary.


Book61 - Diagrams for Faceting Volume II - $29.00
Diagrams for Faceting Volume II Diagrams for Faceting Volume II
by Glenn and Martha Vargas
Hard cover, 7.5" x 11", 151 pages, copyright 1983
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Diagrams for Faceting Volume II is the second volume in the set of three collections of faceting diagrams published by Glenn and Martha Vargas. Included are diagrams from numerous designers that will cut over 150 different gems.

This book is divided into twelve sections with each section including diagrams that have a close relationship. These are Section I The Round Brilliants; Section II Ovals, Marquise, Cushions; Section III The Diamond Shapes; Section IV The Split Facet Technique; Section V The Pendeloques; Section VI Hearts; Section VII Triangles; Section VIII The Squares and Rectangles; Section IX The Pentagons and Stars; Section X The Hexagons; Section XI The Octagons; and Section XII Barions and Pseudobarions. Also included are Miscellaneous Diagrams from Ernst Wollert detailing square cushions and octagons.


Book62 - Diagrams for Faceting Volume III - $29.00
Diagrams for Faceting Volume III Diagrams for Faceting Volume III
by Glenn and Martha Vargas
Hard cover, 7.5" x 11", 149 pages, copyright 1987
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Diagrams for Faceting Volume III is the third volume in the set of three collections of faceting diagrams published by Glenn and Martha Vargas. Included are diagrams from numerous designers that will cut at least 133 different gems.

This book is divided into eleven sections with each section including diagrams that have a close relationship. These are Section I The Round Diagrams; Section II Ovals and Their Relatives; Section III Triangles; Section IV Squares, Rectangles, Etc.; Section V Pentagons; Section VI Hexagons; Section VII Heptagons; Section VIII Octagons; Section IX Nonagons; Section X Barions and Pseudobarions; and Section XI The Unusual Diagrams.

The inclusion of seven-fold diagrams (heptagons) and nine-fold diagrams (nonagons) is new to the authors' books. These are easy to cut diagrams that produce spectacular gems. Most of the complex diagrams in the unusual section will produce excellent gems. Some do not cut what might normally be called excellent gems, but instead are gems that are interesting. As a whole, the more complex diagrams are challenges to suit the advanced faceter.


Book53 - Facet Design Ovals - $11.95
Facet Design Ovals Facet Design Ovals
Volume 1
by Robert Long and Norman Steele
Loose leaf, 8.5" x 11", 92 pages, copyright 1983
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Facet Design Ovals Volume 1 provides an extensive treatment of the design and cutting of the oval shaped faceted gemstone. Planviews are provided for 89 different oval cuts by various designers. Detailed cutting instructions are presented for 17 complete oval designs by the authors including Double Fan and Bar, Eight Main Oval, Long Lazy Oval, Supernova SHM 6x9, Longer Lazy Oval, Roval A, Poval, Oval for GGG 6x8, Barion Oval, Lavo 6x8, Lavo 6x9, Commercial Oval, Ten Main Oval, Choval, Another Lazy, Checker Oval, and Longest Lazy Oval.

Additionally, a mix and match section provides detailed cutting instructions for 9 alternate pavilions and 6 alternate crown designs at each of the L/W ratios 1.20, 1.25, 1.33, 1.40 and 1.50. Incorporated techincal discussions include Interpreting Faceting Diagrams, Definitions, General Formulas, Tangent Ratio Translation, The Oval, Approximate Oval, True Elliptical Oval, Eight Main Oval Brilliant, MHA and CAM Preforms, Meetpoint Faceting, and Faceting Machine Accuracy. A shape classification diagram is provided inside the front cover showing profiles and nomenclature for 46 different stone shapes and outlines.


Book54 - Facet Design Navette and Marquise - $11.95
Facet Design Navette and Marquise Facet Design Navette and Marquise
Volume 2
by Robert Long and Norman Steele
Loose leaf, 8.5" x 11", 104 pages, copyright 1979
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Facet Design Navette Marquis Volume 2 provides an extensive treatment of the design and cutting of the navette/marquise shaped faceted gemstone. Planviews are provided for 50 different marquise cuts by various designers. Detailed cutting instructions are presented for 23 complete marquise designs by the authors including Meetmark, Highmark, Marquise for GGG, MPM Marquise, MPM Marquise 20 Segment Girdle, MPM Marquise 24 Segment Girdle, MPM Marquise 28 Segment Girdle, MPM Marquise 32 Segment Girdle, MPM Marquise 16 Segment Girdle, Harlmarq, Scotchmarq, Parquet, Marquise MP96, Chisel Marquise, Brilliant Marquise MPM, Commercial26arquise, Brilliant Marquise Modified, Lazy Marquise, Navette 18 Segment Girdle, Navette 22 Segment Girdle, Navette 18 Segment Girdle, M&M Marquise, and Navette 14 Segment Girdle.

A preform section provides cutting instructions for twelve 10-segment marquise preforms at various L/W ratios, ten 12-segment marquise preforms at various L/W ratios, nine 14-segment marquise preforms at various L/W ratios, seven 16-segment marquise preforms at various L/W ratios, seven 18-segment marquise preforms at various L/W ratios, seven 20-segment marquise preforms at various L/W ratios, six equal 22-segment marquise preforms at various L/W ratios, six equal 24-segment marquise preforms at various L/W ratios, eight equal 26-segment marquise preforms, and five equal 30-segment marquise preforms at various L/W ratios.

Incorporated technical discussions include Generation of the General "Navette/Marquise" Shape, Two-to-One Marquise, Narrow End Main Phenomenon, and Special Navette/Marquise Calculation Formulas.


Book55 - Facet Design Heart and Pear - $11.95
Facet Design Heart and Pear Facet Design Heart and Pear
Volume 3
by Robert Long and Norman Steele
Loose leaf, 8.5" x 11", 117 pages, copyright 1980
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Facet Design Heart and Pear Volume 3 provides an extensive treatment of the design and cutting of the pear and heart shaped faceted gemstone. Planviews are provided for 54 different pear and pendeloque cuts and 24 heart cuts by various designers.

Detailed cutting instructions are presented for 18 complete pear and pendeloque designs and 11 heart designs by the authors including Superpear 64, Superpear 96, Lazy Pear 1, Lazy Pear 2, Lazy Pear 3 (Little Fatty), 8 Main Pear Meetpoint, Parabo Pear, Nine Main Pear Meetpoint, Seven main Pear Meetpoint, Commercial Pear, Oval End Pear, Lazy Pear 3 Recut Option, Lazy Pear 1 Recut Option, Lazy Pear 2 Recut Option, Pendeloque, Lazy Pendeloque, Three Arc Pear, Three Arc Pendeloque, 13 Main Heart, 10 Main Heart, Heart-In-A-Heart, Lazy Heart, Brilliant Heart 72, Brilliant Heart 64, Highlight Heart 64, Cam-Brill Heart 64, Cam-Hili Heart, Cam-Brill Heart 72 and Cam-Brill Heart 64.

Incorporated technical discussions include Heart and Pear Nomenclature, Pear and Pendeloque Outline, Heart Outline, Relocating the Dop Center, Transfer Indexing, and Recut Option. A shape classification diagram is provided inside the front cover showing profiles and nomenclature for 46 different stone shapes and outlines.


Book56 - Facet Design Cut Corner Rectangle and Emerald - $11.95
Facet Design Cut Corner Rectangle and Emerald Facet Design Cut Corner Rectangle and Emerald
Volume 4
by Robert Long and Norman Steele
Loose leaf, 8.5" x 11", 116 pages, copyright 1981
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Facet Design Cut Corner Rectangle Emerald provides an extensive treatment of the design and cutting of the cut corner rectangle/emerald shaped faceted gemstone. Planviews are provided for 70 different cut corner rectangle/emerald cuts by various designers.

Detailed cutting instructions are presented for 21 complete cut corner rectangle/emerald designs by the authors including Scissorem, ECED End 1.40-8-2, Scissor Z, ECED End 1.40-1-5, Ember, Recut-Em 6x8, Super Emerald, ECED End 1.40-2-1, ECED End 1.40-2-2, ECED End 1.40-3-1, ECED End 1.40-3-2, ECED End 1.40-4-1, ECED End 1.40-4-2, ECED End 1.40-5-1, ECED End 1.40-5-2, ECED End 1.40-6-1, ECED End 1.40-6-2, Golden Scissor, ECED End 140-9-2, Tourmaline Special and ECED End 1.40-7-2.

Incorporated technical discussions include Cut Corner Rectangle, ECED End Emerald Outline, Ideal Step Cut, Step Cut Crowns (General), General Design Considerations, and Design of Typical Scissor Crowns. A shape classification diagram is provided inside the front cover showing profiles and nomenclature for 46 different stone shapes and outlines.


Book57 - Facet Design Rounds - $11.95
Facet Design Rounds Facet Design Rounds
Volume 5
by Robert Long and Norman Steele
Loose leaf, 8.5" x 11", 108 pages, copyright 1984
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Facet Design Rounds Volume 5 provides an extensive treatment of the design and cutting of the round shaped faceted gemstone. Planviews are provided for 340 different round cuts by various designers.

Detailed cutting instructions are presented for 12 complete round designs by the authors including SRB Unstacked Mains, SRB Stacked Mains, Six Main Hilite, Six Main Hilite Zircon, PR Seven Main Brilliant, PR Nine Main Brilliant, PR Eleven Main Brilliant, 6/12 Multifacet, Six Main Highlight, Wild Rose 96, Six Four Fan and Eight Main HiLite.

Incorporated technical discussions include Table Size Definition, Girdle Thickness and Finish, Cutting Sequence, Designing for Brilliance and Apex Facets. A shape classification diagram is provided inside the front cover showing profiles and nomenclature for 46 different stone shapes and outlines.


Book58 - Facet Design Barions - $11.95
Facet Design Barions Facet Design Barions
Volume 6
by Robert Long and Norman Steele
Loose leaf, 8.5" x 11", 95 pages, copyright 1987
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Facet Design Barions provides an extensive treatment of the design and cutting of the Barion faceted gemstone. This book breaks away from the other 6 volumes in Long and Steele's Facet Design series in that it is dedicated to a transcendent design and cutting technique as opposed to a specific category of gem shapes. Planviews are provided for 92 Barion cuts by various designers encompassing all the standard gem shapes.

Detailed cutting instructions are presented for 52 complete barion designs by the authors including SPE Triangle, CC Triangle Barion, CC Barion Triangle, CC Triangle Split Barion, CC Triangle Double Barion, CC Triangle Barion, Barion Square, Square Barion, Split Square Double Barion, Superflash One, Split Facet Barion Emerald, Barion Split Facet Emerald (Senaal), SP Barion Pentagonal, SP Double Barion Pentagonal, CC Barion Pentagonal, CC Double Barion Pentagonal, SP Hexagonal Barion, CC Hexagonal Barion, SP Hexagonal Barion #2, Octagonal Barion, Diamond Barion, Barion Fan, Super Cushion Triangle, Cushion Triangle Barion, Cushion Triangle Barion, Checker Square Barion, Square Cushion Barion, Square Cushion Barion, Square Cushion Barion, Super Cushion Rectangle, Split Barion Cushion, Cushion Rectangle Half Barion, Double Barion L/W 1.2, Cushion Half Barion, Pentagonal Cushion Barion, Pentagonal Cushion Barion, Pentagonal Cushion Barion, Offset Main Oval Barion, Offset Main Oval Barion, Offset Main Oval Barion, Offset Main Oval Barion, Offset Main Oval Barion, Oval Barion (For Small Stones), Oval Barion (For Large Stones), Split Facet Oval Barion, Barion Oval L/W 1.25, Barion Oval L/W 1.33, Barion Oval L/W 1.40, Barion Oval L/W 1.50, Barion Commercial Marquise, Barion Pear, and Barion O'Henry.

Incorporated technical discussions include Barion Design Concepts, Crowns for Barion Pavilions, Corner Location by the Angle Method (CLAM), Tangent Ratio (Angle Translation), and Tangent Ratio Conversion Nomograph. A shape classification diagram is provided inside the front cover showing profiles and nomenclature for 46 different stone shapes and outlines.


Book59 - Facet Design Antique Square Cushion - $11.95
Facet Design Antique Square Cushion Facet Design Antique Square Cushion
Volume 7
by Robert Long and Norman Steele
Loose leaf, 8.5" x 11", 69 pages, copyright 1989
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Facet Design Antique Square Cushion provides an extensive treatment of the design and cutting of the antique cushion shaped faceted gemstone. Planviews are provided for 91 different antique cushion cuts by various designers.

Detailed cutting instructions are presented for 20 complete antique cushion designs by the authors including Apex Crown, Step Apex, Split Side Cushion, Cullinan Variation 1, Cullinan Variation 2, Shallow Pavilion 1, Basic Barion Antique Cushion, Split Facet Barion, Barion Cushion (Large Stones), Large Checker, Small Checker, Step Star Crown, Highlight Barion, Simple Cushion, Shallow Pavilion II, Barion Cushion, Square Cushion Stacked Barion, Reverse Barion, Fan Step Barion, and Square Side Barion.

Incorporated technical discussions include Brightness and Reflection Plots, Brightness Contour Plots, Brightness Contour Plot (Quartz), Brightness Contour Plot (Topaz), Brightness Contour Plot (Corundum), Brightness Contour Plot (Cubic Zirconia), MinMax Pavilion Angle, Apex Facet Dark Spot and Conclusion. A shape classification diagram is provided inside the front cover showing profiles and nomenclature for 46 different stone shapes and outlines.


Book43 - The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 1 - $7.95
The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 1 The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 1
by MDR Lapidary Products
Spiral bound, 8.5" x 11", 23 pages, copyright 1971

The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 1 provides diagrams for faceting 15 designs encompassing the Standard Brilliant Cut, Emerald Cut, Modified Brilliant Cut - Horizontal Split Mains, Modified Brilliant Cut - Vertical Split Mains, Zircon Cut, Modified Brilliant Cut, Calibre Cut, Double Star Cut, Mitchell Six-Ray Star Cut, Mitchell Five-Ray Star Cut, Briolette Cut, Double Rose Cut, Diamond Shape Cut, Triangular Mixed Cut and Jubilee Cut.

Also provided is a table of physical properties for commonly faceted materials, polishing agent recommendations for commonly faceted materials, standard brilliant preform, emerald cut preform and general instructions for cutting sequence.


Book44 - The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 2 - $7.95
The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 2 The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 2
by MDR Lapidary Products
Spiral bound, 8.5" x 11", 27 pages, copyright 1971

The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 2 provides diagrams for faceting 22 designs encompassing the Brilliant Briolette Cut, Reverse Cut, Brilliant Bead Cut, Double Diamond Cut - Horizontal, Double Diamond Cut - Vertical, Portuguese Cut, Mixed Cut, Pseudo Marquis Cut, Step Bead Cut, Marquis Cut, Step Cut Heart, Brilliant Cut heart, Pendeloque Cut, Bar Cut, Checker Cut, Scissors Cut, Zigzag Cut, Skew Cut, Step Cut Oval, Brilliant Cut Oval, Cairo Cut, and Brilliant Briolette Cut.

Also provided is a table of physical properties for commonly faceted materials, polishing agent recommendations for commonly faceted materials, and information on adjusting main angles to suit materials of differing refractive indexes.


Book45 - The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 3 - $7.95
The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 3 The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 3
by MDR Lapidary Products
Spiral bound, 8.5" x 11", 24 pages, copyright 1976

The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 3 provides diagrams for faceting 19 designs encompassing the Bicentennial Cut, Birdcage Cut, Brilliant Cross Cut, Devil's Triangle Cut, Fairy Wand Cut, Grieger's Fantasy Cut, High Twelve Cut, Miser Cut, Moonbeam Cut, Nine Squares Cut, Octabril Cut, Pasha With A Twist, Pinwheel Cut, San Francisco Cut, Snowflake Cut, Step Cut Pendant, Sunburst Cut, Switzer's Brilliant cut, and Trapeze Twist Cut.

Also provided is a table of physical properties for commonly faceted materials, polishing agent recommendations for commonly faceted materials, and conventions used with faceting diagrams.


Book46 - The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 4 - $7.95
The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 4 The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 4
by MDR Lapidary Products
Spiral bound, 8.5" x 11", 19 pages

The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 4 provides diagrams for faceting 15 designs encompassing the Rectagon Cut, Lone Star Cut, Square Dance Cut, Mixed Cushion Cut, Sensu Cut, Combo Cut, Fan Drop Cut, David's Deep Star Cut, Quadra-Brill Cut, Star Bright Cut, Square Shallow Simple cut, Brilliant Kite cut, Twelve Triangle Cut, Rectangle-408 cut, and Heraldic Cut.

Also provided is a table of physical properties for commonly faceted materials, polishing agent recommendations for commonly faceted materials, and information on adjusting main angles to suit materials of differing refractive indexes.


Book49 - Lee Faceting Machine Owners Manual - $5.00
Lee Faceting Machine R8LK and R6LK Owners Manual Lee Faceting Machine Owners Manual
Models R8LK and R6LK
by L. Lee Lapidaries Inc.
Loose leaf, 8.5" x 11", 6 pages
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Lee Models R8-R6LK Faceting Units Owners Manual is the factory operator's manual that shipped with Lee R8LK and R6LK faceting machines. It provides set-up and operator instructions and maintenance and adjustment procedures for these Lee machines.

Also provided is an isometric drawing keyed to a parts list for the Lee facet head, handpiece assembly and mast. Instructions for using the Lee transfer block are given, and one page of this manual is devoted to the procedure for cutting and polishing a stone.


Book63 - Ultra Tec V2 Faceting Machine Owner's Manual - $6.95
Ultra Tec V2 Faceting Machine Owner's Manual Ultra Tec V2 Faceting Machine Owner's Manual
by Ultra Tec Manufacturing
Loose leaf, 8.5" x 11", 34 pages

The Ultra Tec V2 Faceting Machine Owner's Manual is the factory operator's manual shipped with Ultra Tec V2 faceting machines. It provides set-up and operator instructions and maintenance and adjustment procedures for the Ultra Tec V2. Thirteen pages of this manual are devoted to basics of the faceting process and provide detailed instructions for faceting a standard round brilliant design with the Ultra Tec.

Appendices cover faceting machine terminology, a table of physical characteristics and properties for over 40 commonly faceted gemstone materials, angle transposing using the tangent ratio method, rotating a keyed dop with the Ultra Tec, using the calibrated mast to control stone size with the Ultra Tec, and the use of computer generated cutting diagrams to plan the use of your rough.


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