How to Cut & Polish Gemstones: Introductory Lesson


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– Learn how to cut gemstones today! First introductory video by Steve Moriarty showing you how to precision facet a gemstone. In this video, Steve explains the tools and equipment needed to start gem faceting. Here is a summarized list of the tools and equipment needed to get started:

Already have the equipment, continue to Part 2:

From Lapidary Supply::

Faceting Machine:
– Ultratec
– Facetron
– Facette No longer manufactured.
(Parts Available)
– Imperial Alpha Taurus No longer manufacture.
(Parts available.)

-Transfer block (Usually sold with machine)
-Dops Assorted sizes Flat, cone and V. 3-10 millimeter for most stones.

Laps:

– Diamond Steel 120-360-600
– Raytech Nubond 325 and 600
– Batt by Gearloose
– Spectra lap by 3m

– Refractol by Bob-A-Lou Rock
– Scale Gem Oro or Tanita Carats to two or 3 decimal points 1.03 Carats or 1.035 Carats

– Loupe 10x triplet High quality at least $25
– Opti-Visor with lens number 5
– Meetpoint faceting by Long and Steele Series of 7 books
– Diagrams for Faceting by Glenn and Martha Vargas
– French Cerium oxide or optical grade cerium
50000 mesh diamond powder

– Brass sliding millimeter guage
– Calcite Dichroscope
– Alcohol Lamp
– Gem Tweezer
– Stone papers
– Attack epoxy solvent

From the hardware Store::
– Denatured Alcohol
– Cotton Swabs
– Pliers and Allen wrench
– Acetone
– 91% Alcohol
– Wd 40
– Belt Conditioner
– Exacto knife and blades
– Cotton rags
– Devcon 5 minute epoxy
– Super glue

Everything listed except the faceting machine has a 2016 cost of approximately $1000

 


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