We can facet gemstones to your specifications using your rough materials or ours. If you do not have a design in mind, we will work with you to give you viable choices that will maximize the four C’s; Color, Cut, Clarity, and Carat weight. We offer two design services – Standard and Custom. The difference between standard and custom facet design is the degree of difficulty; which is usually associated with the complexity of the faceting design; e.g., the number of facets. Whichever design you choose, you can be assured that the polish will be superb, the facets distinct, and the critical angles are correct for the given material.
All custom cuts are designed on GemCad (a computer-aided design program developed by Robert Strickland) which allows us to proof cut the rough prior to actually faceting the gemstone. GemCad takes into account symmetry (length to width ratios), critical angles (based on refractive index) and can follow paths of light rays through the stone which allows us to optimize a design to minimize light loss. Other designs are available from renowned faceter’s Jeff Graham, Doug Turet, and Long & Steele.
The following service fees are based on finished gemstone weight and type of material. Standard types of materials include the quartz varieties, garnets, tourmalines, topaz, beryls, feldspars, and most minerals between six and eight on the Moh’s hardness scale. There are additional charges for extra-soft, extra-hard, or easily cleaved, fragile, or heat-sensitive stones. For other lapidary services see the Cabochon and Restorative pages.