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Gemstone Cutters

Cutting and carving gemstones is just as much an art form as it is a profession, requiring a large degree of skill and dedication to the trade.

The word "lapidary" is used to describe the art of gem cutting or gem carving and the word is also used to describe the person who is a gemstone cutter or carver.

A lapidary has to have a high degree of knowledge about the types of mineral gemstones that are being cut, or carved, and he or she has to have a good eye for detail.

With each gemstone being unique in it's cleavage, makeup, or mineral composition, a cutter has to understand the differences in light refraction, angles, faceting, and know to look for flaws, bubbles, and inclusions.

With the understanding that each gemstone is different and need special attention to maximize it's brilliance, a cutter has to take special care when cutting or carving a rough stone into a distinctive work of art.

The end result of the cut is what is important, not just to the lapidary, but more importantly, to the owner of the gemstone.

The cut of a gemstone can enhance it's value or decrease it's marketability tremendously so the cutter has to study the gemstone before he attempts to cut it and this process may take weeks or even months.

As a profession, the art of lapidary has been around for centuries and has evolved into one of the most highly respected fields in the business world.

Cutting, carving, polishing, and setting gemstones takes a high degree of concentration and not every one is up to the task.

Most modern lapidaries specialize in cutting or carving certain gemstones and with technology being what it is, they have become more adapt to creating their own innovative cutting styles.

Like artists, lapidaries are known for their innovative work and many have become famous for their gemstone carving techniques and artwork.

Their talents are recognized around the world and many have received the highest honors, awards, and praise for their work in cutting diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, and other gemstones.

 

 

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