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Simple Jack by Bob Keller

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Simple Jack - designed by Bob Keller 6/98
A Forgiving Cut Designed for Beginning Faceters
Angles for R.I. = 1.54 49 facets + 16 facets on girdle = 65
16-fold, mirror-image symmetry 32, 64 or 96 index
L/W = 1.000 T/W = 0.506 T/L = 0.506 P/W = 0.466 C/W = 0.122
H/W = (P+C)/W+0.02 = 0.608 P/H = 0.766 C/H = 0.201
Vol./W^3 = 0.195 Brightness at 0 degrees tilt for quartz
COS = 85.3 ISO = 89.2
Pavilion for 32 Index
m 43.00 32-02-04-06-08-10-12-14-16-18-20-22-24-26-28-30 Cut mains to center point (equal depth)
g 90.00 32-02-04-06-08-10-12-14-16-18-20-22-24-26-28-30 Cut level girdle to meet with mains
Crown for 32 Index
b 29.00 32-02-04-06-08-10-12-14-16-18-20-22-24-26-28-30 Cut breaks to meet with approx 2% girdle
p 25.00 01-03-05-07-09-11-13-15-17-19-21-23-25-27-29-31 Cut petals to meet with breaks and girdle
t 00.00 Table Cut level table to 50-55% of diameter

Simple Jack Design Notes

The Simple Jack GemCad Design File is available for GemCad users.

Shown at right is a 14mm Simple Jack cut from Bolivian citrine using 39 degree crown breaks and 35 degree petals. It weighs about 9.3 carats. This pretty Simple Jack was cut by Old Pueblo Lapidary Club member Alan Gerzoff as his first stone. Alan is planning on mounting it as a pendant for his wife.

Simple Jack was developed as a teaching design suitable for club class work and as an introductory project for beginning faceters. I was inducted via a standard round brilliant, but given certain criteria and goals, I think this design is more suitable for class work. Despite its 16 fold symmetry, Simple Jack has eight less facets than an SRB, and is much less demanding in terms of fledgling abilities at cutting accurately to meet points.

The majority of faceting students in the Old Pueblo Lapidary Club beginning classes are unable to complete a SRB as a first project within a class schedule that provides six, once per week evening sessions, and OPLC's faceting class waiting list provided an incentive for developing an alternative to the SRB as a first project.

Due to it's simple, single course pavilion, this design also offers excellent disaster recovery due to misindexed or drastically overcut break or petal facets on the crown. In the event of a crown side cutting disaster, the stone can simply be made a little smaller by chopping down on the girdle facets and repolishing them, without concern for destroying the main-break-girdle meets on a conventional SRB pavilion, and the student can just have at it again. This recovery process can be continued by the disaster prone until the stone becomes reduced to the diameter of the dop it's mounted in. Or smaller, from the looks of some of the dops at OPLC, but please, just don't do that.

Shown at left is a 15mm Simple Jack cut from smoky quartz using 29 degree crown breaks and 25 degree petals. This stone weighs about 9 carats.

Because Simple Jack incorporates no star facets and employs a course of simple petals for the crown mains, this design also helps minimize problems due to cumulative errors in the meets, which can get pretty nasty on a beginner's stone in the area of the star facets surrounding the table on an SRB.

In spite of its simplicity this design is not wanting for looks. The use of staggered main crown and pavilion facets yields some nice scintillation and reflections, and the COS and ISO brightness returned by GemRay at zero tilt for quartz is 85.3 and 89.2 respectively. I have cut several variations of Simple Jack using other crown angles, and although the brightness is reduced, the nicest looking stone to my eye so far is a 14mm cut from clear quartz using 39 degrees for the crown break facets and 35 degrees for the petals.

Shown at right is a Simple Jack cut from clear quartz. It is 14mm in diameter. This stone uses 39 degree crown breaks and 35 degree petals. The color was picked up and reflected from the stone's surroundings.

The higher angles produce a superior play of reflections and scintillation that I think more than compensates for the reduction in brightness. Don't be afraid to raise the crown angles above the 29 and 25 degrees specified in the cutting diagram, especially if you're cutting from clear or light colored material.

This design will have a nice appearance with less than perfect meets and alignment provided at least a fair polish is applied. Beginners cutting Simple Jack can have reasonable expectations of producing a "keeper" for their first stone which could be mounted in a finding as a pendant or ring if they are proud of their work and want to show it off.

Simple Jack Cutting Notes

Use of a 32 index is recommended for a first stone, although Simple Jack can of course be cut on a 64 or 96 index if a 32 is not available. With a 32 index there's simply less positions and less opportunity for making an indexing error. Using a 32 index, all the facets are cut using all the even numbered positions except for the crown petal facets, which use the odds. Doesn't get much easier and simpler than that. Cutting tables for 64 and 96 indexes are included at the end of these notes for convenience.

The smaller the stone the faster it can be completed, but also the easier it is to overcut, which slows things down. A target size of around 10mm in diameter is suggested for a first stone. Of course that may get smaller without much harm if there's overcutting problems until the "cut a little - look a lot" sequence is imprinted. A 12-14 mm stone would not be out of the question for a first project if decent laps are available. The largest Simple Jack I've cut has been a 15mm smoky quartz and the design wears well even at that size. The following cutting and polishing sequence is suggested for new faceters:

m 43.00 32-02-04-06-08-10-12-14-16-18-20-22-24-26-28-30 Cut mains to center point (equal depth)

g 90.00 32-02-04-06-08-10-12-14-16-18-20-22-24-26-28-30 Cut level girdle to meet with mains

b 29.00 32-02-04-06-08-10-12-14-16-18-20-22-24-26-28-30 Cut breaks to meet with approx 2% girdle

p 25.00 01-03-05-07-09-11-13-15-17-19-21-23-25-27-29-31 Cut petals to meet with breaks and girdle

t 00.00 Table Cut level table to 50-55% of diameter

Simple Jack Pavilion for 64 Index
m 43.00 64-04-08-12-16-20-24-28-32-36-40-44-48-52-56-60 Cut mains to center point (equal depth)
g 90.00 64-04-08-12-16-20-24-28-32-36-40-44-48-52-56-60 Cut level girdle to meet with mains
Simple Jack Crown for 64 Index
b 29.00 64-04-08-12-16-20-24-28-32-36-40-44-48-52-56-60 Cut breaks to meet with approx 2% girdle
p 25.00 02-06-10-14-18-22-26-30-34-38-42-46-50-54-58-62 Cut petals to meet with breaks and girdle
t 00.00 Table Cut level table to 50-55% of diameter

Simple Jack Pavilion for 96 Index
m 43.00 96-06-12-18-24-30-36-42-48-54-60-66-72-78-84-90 Cut mains to center point (equal depth)
g 90.00 96-06-12-18-24-30-36-42-48-54-60-66-72-78-84-90 Cut level girdle to meet with mains
Simple Jack Crown for 96 Index
b 29.00 96-06-12-18-24-30-36-42-48-54-60-66-72-78-84-90 Cut breaks to meet with approx 2% girdle
p 25.00 03-09-15-21-27-33-39-45-51-57-63-69-75-81-87-93 Cut petals to meet with breaks and girdle
t 00.00 Table Cut level table to 50-55% of diameter

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