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How-to Books on Faceting

Diamond Cutting by Basil Watermeyer. Chapters: 1 Diamond Identification, 2 Rough Diamond, 3 Preparation of Rough, 4 Polishing Grains of Natural Surfaces, 5 Faceting of Windows, 6 Marking and Designing, 7 Cleaving, 8 Sawing, 9 Girdles, 10 Bruting, 11 Polishing Wheel and Bench, 12 Loupe, 13 Tang and Dop History, 14 Compass of Polishing Grains, 15 Faceting History, 16 Round Brilliant Cut, 17 Cross-Working, 18 Tangs and Dops for Cross-Working, 19 Levelling of Semi-Automatic Tang, 20 Brillianteering, 21 Tangs and Dops for Brillianteering, 22 Faceting Problems and Techniques, 23 Modern Ideal Cut, 24 Whole-Stones, 25 Twisting, 26 Macle, 27 Automation, 28 Operator Systems, 29 Machine Room, 30 Fancy Cuts, 31 Marquise, 32 Pendeloque, 33 Oval, 34 Emerald Cut Introduction, 35 Emerald Cut, 36 Square Emerald Cut, 37 Triangle Emerald Cut, 38 Kite Emerald Cut, 39 The Barion Introduction, 40 Barion Square Cut, 41 Barion Emerald Cut, 42 Barion Triangle Cut, 43 Barion Kite Cut, 44 Barion Pentagonal Cut, 45 Heart Brilliant Cut, 46 Profile Cut, 47 Star Cut, 48 Rose Cuts, 49 Trilliant Cuts, 50 Half-Moon Cut, 51 Control of Diamond Processing, 52 Carat Weight and Measures, 53 There C's Values, 54 Princess Cut, 55 Interesting Cutting Facts of Some Famous Stones, 56 New Developments.
6.5" x 9.5", 406 pages, hard bound. ISBN: 0-620-13248-5
CTP Book Printers, Cape

Facet Cutters Handbook by Edward J. Soukup. Things to Remember, Dopping Is Important, The Standard Brilliant Cut, A Faceting Index Conversion Chart, The French or Calibre Cut, The Triangle Step Cut, The Double French or Cardinal Cut, The Triangle Cardinal Cut, The Emerald Cut, The Six-Rayed Star Cut, The Pentagon Cut, The Cut-Corner Triangle Cut, The Step Cut and Cardinal Kite Cut, The Cut-Corner Kite Cut, The Keystone Step Cut, The Keystone Cardinal Cut, The Cut-Corner Keystone Cut, The Oblong Hexagon Cut, The Modified Square Brilliant Cut, The Don Diego Cut, Polishing Hard Materials, Polishing Guide for Faceters, Faceting Angles and Hints, Table of Facet Angles, Faceting Index Conversion Chart, Step Cut Round, Double Bar Cut, Bar Cut Pendeloque, Hexagonal Brilliant, Opposed Bar Cut, Scintillator Brilliant.
5.5: x 8", 64 pages, paperback, SBN 910652-06-6
Gembooks, Mentone, California

Faceting for Amateurs by Glen and Martha Vargas. Chapters: I Gems are Minerals, II Faceting Machines, III Laps that Cut, IV Laps that Polish, V Choosing Materials, VI Optical Properties, VII Angles for Faceting, VIII Faceted Stone Patterns, IX Preparing for Faceting, X Cutting the Facets, XI, Polishing the Gem, XII Soft Materials, XIII Disposition and Care of Gems, Appendix I Species Descriptions of Natural Materials, Appendix II Species Descriptions Man-made Materials, Appendix III Useful Tables and Formulas, Appendix IV Manufacturers.
8.5" x 11", 340 pages, hard bound. ISBN: 0-917646-07-X
Glen and Martha Vargas, Thermal California 92274
Phone: 760.397.4264

Gem Cutting by John Sinkankas. Chapters: 1 Gemstones - The Raw Material of the Lapidary, 2 How to Get Started, 3 Sawing, 4 Grinding, 5 Lapping, 6 Sanding, 7 Polishing, 8 All-Purpose Units, 9 Drilling, 10 Cabochon Gems, 11 How to Cut Cabochons, 12 Faceted Gems, 13 Faceting Equipment, 14 How to Cut Faceted Gems, 15 Spheres and Beads, 16 Tumbling, 17 Carving and Engraving, 18 Mosaic and Inlay Work, 19 Treatment of Gemstones, Appendix 1 Mechanical Tables, Appendix 2 Weights and Measures Useful to the Gem Cutter, Appendix 3 Tables and Angles for Faceted Gems, Appendix 4 Magazines and Books.
8.5" x 11", 297 pages, hard bound. Library of Congress: 78-120070
Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 450 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001

Introduction to Meetpoint Faceting by Robert Long and Norman Steele. Detailed, step-by-step instructions for cutting the Round Brilliant, Lazy Oval, Commercial Marquise, Superpear 96 and Ember.
8.5" x 11", spiral bound.
The Graves Company, Pompano Beach, FL - Email: Peter Erdo

Learn How to Facet "The Right Way..." by Jeff Graham. Detailed instructions of equipment and techniques. The basic equipment needed by a new faceter is listed along with explanations of use. Pictures of most of the commonly available faceting machines are incorporated, along with descriptions of the controls. Five beginner's designs are presented with detailed step by step diagrams and pictures illustrating the cutting process. Designs start with "Easy 8" and progress through "Easy Cushion", "Floater Trillion", "Round Brilliant", and "Brilliant Pear".
8.5" x 11", 58 pages, 3-ring binder.
Gram Faceting, Tucson, Arizona - Email: Jeff Graham

The Techniques of Master Faceting by Gerald L. Wykoff. Chapters: 1 Gemological Essentials, 2 Gems and Their Properties, 3 Selection and Purchasing Rough, 4 Orienting and Preforming Rough, 5 Dopping and Transferring, 6 Cutting and Pre-Polishing Techniques, 7 Polishing Techniques, 8 Faceting Machines and Techniques, 9 Meet Point Faceting, 10 Diamond Cutting, 11 Special Aspects of Faceting, 12 Bringing Your Techniques Together
6" x 9", 234 pages, hard bound, ISBN: 0-96-7892-1-0
Adamas Publishers, PO Box 5504, Washington, DC 20016

Books and Collections of Gemstone Designs

Diagrams for Faceting Vol I -III by Glen and Martha Vargas. Volume I: Section I The Very Simple, II The Round Brilliants, III Brilliants, Without Pavilions, IV Brilliants, Variations of a Circle, V Brilliants Other Than Round, The Scissors Cut, VI Multifacet Brilliants, VII Step Cuts, VIII Variations on Geometric Forms, IX Mixed Cuts, X The Unusual, The Domed Cuts, The Barion Cuts
8.5" x 11", 166 pages, hard bound, ISBN: 0-917646-02-9
Glen and Martha Vargas, Thermal California 92274
Phone: 760.397.4264

Facet Design Vol I - VII by Robert Long and Norman Steele. 7 volumes with designs for I Ovals, II Navette/Marquise, III Heart/Pear, IV Cut Corner Rectangle, V Rounds, VI Barions, VII Antique Square Cushion.
8.5" x 11", punched for binder.
The Graves Company, Pompano Beach, FL - Email: Peter Erdo

Gram Faceting Designs 1 and additions by Jeff Graham. 56 material optimized designs for quartz, topaz, beryl, tourmaline, garnet, corundum, spinel, and CZ. Five additions of 42 designs each are available, including 3 additions of general designs for mixed materials, the Money Cuts addition, and the Checkerboards addition.
8.5" x 11", binder, page protector.
Gram Faceting, Tucson, Arizona - Email: Jeff Graham

Original Faceting Designs by Charles W. Covill. 122 designs
8.5" x 11", binder, each design in plastic sleeve. Includes short articles on adhesives and method of assembly line faceting. Other Charles Covill design books and collections are available in print including a new book with 109 designs; the VFW series with 25 designs; the Odd Mains series, recently revised with 62 designs; the Tourmaline Crystal series with 16 designs, 12 Best Design awards with 13 designs, and the Star Series. The Odd Mains and VFW series are also available from Charles as GemCad format design files on a floppy disk.
Charles Covill - Email: Charles Covill

Star Cuts by Fred Van Sant. There are six sets of Star Cuts available, called Star Cuts-1 through Star Cuts-6, plus one set called "Extra Designs". There are approx. 60 designs in each set.
8.5" x 11", punched for binder. No direct sales outside the US. Star Cuts available outside the US to their members from the Australian, UK, and Canadian guilds.
Fred Van Sant - Email: Fred Van Sant

The Book of Gem Cuts Vol I - IV by MDR Manufacturing, Inc. 15 - 22 designs per book. Angles for quartz.
8.5" x 11", spiral bound.
MDR, Kingwood, Texas - Email: MDR Manufacturing, Inc.

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