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Gem faceting class
Level I

Would you like to discover the art of gem cutting, understand the essential techniques and transform step by step, three creations ?

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Mastering the essential principles and techniques of cutting

This course is intended to introduce you to the basics of gem cutting.

As a novice lapidary, you will learn the main cutting techniques, in order to know how to determine the feasibility of a rough stone and to apply three level 1 shapes, to awaken sparkle and colour.

For a first approach to matter, you start with a cabochon creation. Then by learning to facet, you create a round cut stone, as well as another one in square shape.

The lessons are mainly composed of practical exercises, accompanied by theoretical explanations and a theoretical folder of 100 pages.

Topics covered and tools available during the training

  • Introduction to gem cutting and its tools.
  • Brief introduction to gemmology.
  • The different types of coloured stones.
  • The hardness and tenacity of gemstones.
  • The optical characteristics.
  • The crystalline systems.
  • The harmonic ratios and proportions
  • The quality criteria.
  • Sawing and preforming techniques.
  • Gluing and cementing techniques.
  • Faceting and polishing techniques.
  • Dop transfer techniques.
  • Introduction to the Gem Cut Studio software.

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Tools available

  • Faceting machine and its accessories
  • Cutting machine/saw and its accessories
  • Grinding wheels and its accessories
  • Dremel and its accessories

Your creations

  • Realisation of a rough stone in cabochon.
  • Realisation of a faceted stone in round cut.
  • Realisation of a faceted stone in square cut.
  • The stones created will belong to you !

The courses are arranged according to availability

Classes can be organised from Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm and from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Depending on the availability of the teacher, the courses can be flexibly modulated.

The total duration of the course is 36 hours, twelve lessons of three hours.

Price of the training, CHF 1550.

This course is taught by Gabriel Arredondo, trainer responsible for the Gem-A courses and gem cutting.

Certificate issued after completion of the course.