Faceted jewels are fascinating enhancements made to gemstones. You know the ones: brilliant cut diamonds, emerald cut emeralds, square cut rubies – the list goes on and on.
Which stones to facet?
Hard and translucent stones are faceting favorites. Stones such as rubies, sapphires, diamonds, quartz, and emeralds are examples of faceting favorites. Below are a couple of photos of faceted gems 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. Once Lana, my lovely and adorable wife, decides what setting is appropriate for the emerald, I’ll have it set. I gave her the ring for her birthday.
Uncle John (my rockhunting brother) found some nice emeralds on his last hunting trip and he dropped them off with our gemcutter. Hopefully, I can showcase John’s gemstones on a future post! In addition, John and I are headed to North Carolina to hunt emeralds in early October. In the meantime, 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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