One of the more fascinating aspects of gemstones are the faceted jewels. You know the ones: brilliant cut diamonds, emerald cut emeralds, square cut rubies – the list can go on and on.
Very hard and translucent stones are favorites for faceting. Rubies, sapphires, diamonds, quartz, and emeralds are examples of stones that are often faceted. Below are a couple of photos of faceted gems that we found rockhunting at our favorite spot just outside of Cleveland, GA. The loose stone is a 2.25 carat emerald (emerald cut) and the other is a 2.5 carat peridot set in a silver ring. I am waiting for Lana, my lovely and adorable wife, to decide what setting is appropriate for the emerald, but I gave her the ring for her birthday.
Uncle John (my rockhunting brother) found some nice emeralds on his last hunting trip and he has dropped them off with our gemcutter. Hopefully, John will soon have some stones that I can feature here! And, John and I will be heading to NC to hunt emeralds in early October. But for now, enjoy the pictures of Lana’s jewels and the fascinating facets!!
Which of the stones above is your favorite? Since the emerald was one of my first gem finds, I’m biased. The peridot is gorgeous, though! And just to be clear, they don’t come out of the ground looking like this! I’m curious which you readers prefer.
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