Have you ever gazed in wonder at a faceted gemstone, at the ever-changing interplay of light, colour, and sparkle, and asked yourself how could such a thing come into being? Gemstones have been a source of fascination, mystery and power for millennia, yet it is only in the few last decades that the tools and knowledge for creating these tiny miracles have been available to the average person. In Amateur Gemstone Faceting Volume 1, amateur faceter Tom Herbst lays out the steps necessary to transform a shapeless chunk of rock into a glittering jewel that is unique and valuable. And along the way he explains not only the "how" but also the "why" and provides helpful tips in dealing with many of the pitfalls that confront the beginning gem cutter. At the bare minimum, this book should help you appreciate the craftsmanship that gives life to the jewelry you love. Hopefully, however, you will be inspired to attempt your own first gemstone, the initial step in what may become a life-long involvement in the captivating hobby of amateur gemstone faceting.
Amateur Gemstone Faceting Volume 1, By Tom Herbst