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Cecile Raley Designs — cut stone

From Rough Stone to Cut Stone: Part I

Posted by Cecile Raley on

The journey from rough mineral to finished faceted gem has always fascinated me. As a relative novice in the area, there are mostly surprises, but even the more seasoned cutter or gem expert can’t always predict the outcome. On average one loses 60-80% of the gemstone material during cutting. Sometimes more, sometimes less. One has to decide where the cleavages are that will open up during...

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