Rose Sphere 96-96 by Bob Keller

Rose Sphere 96-96 - designed by Bob Keller ©1999
96 facets 96 index
L/W = 1.000 H/W = 1.000 Vol./W^3 = 0.445

Hemisphere A
p 90.00 04-12-20-28-36-44-52-60-68-76-84-92 Cut to equal depth, set size
1 75.49 04-12-20-28-36-44-52-60-68-76-84-92 Cut level girdle (equator)
2 63.43 96-16-32-48-64-80 p,1
3 55.67 96-16-32-48-64-80 1,2
4 45.99 04-12-20-28-36-44-52-60-68-76-84-92 Meet 1,2,3
5 15.50 04-12-20-28-36-44-52-60-68-76-84-92 Meet 3,4,apex (pole)
Hemisphere B
1 75.49 04-12-20-28-36-44-52-60-68-76-84-92 Meet 1,2 on hemisphere A
2 63.43 96-16-32-48-64-80 Meet 1,2 on hemisphere A, 1
3 55.67 96-16-32-48-64-80 1,2
4 45.99 04-12-20-28-36-44-52-60-68-76-84-92 Meet 1,2,3
5 15.50 04-12-20-28-36-44-52-60-68-76-84-92 Meet 3,4,apex (pole)

Rose Sphere 96-96 Cutting Notes

At left is a Rose Sphere 96-96 cut from light smoky quartz by Norm Holbert of Norwich, Connecticut. Norm's sphere is about 18.6 mm in diameter and it weighs about 43 carats.

This meetpoint design for a rose cut sphere yields a "true" sphere. All of the vertices are equidistant from its center. Begin by cutting a 12-sided cylindrical preform. The height of the preformed cylinder must be equal to or greater than its maximum width for you to have enough material when you get to the course 5 (pole) facets. When you cut the course 1 facets for the first hemisphere, create a level 'girdle' (equator) line at half the height of cylinder.

Transfer when you've finished the first hemisphere, and repeat the course 1-5 sequence on the second hemisphere. If you cut a Rose Sphere 96-96 of your own, be sure and let me know what you've cut and how you made out.


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