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Re-Faceting Root Beer colored Tourmaline
into cushion shape

A local gemstone collector had purchased this root beer colored Tourmaline from a gem dealer in Bangkok, Thailand.

He could see the potential of this gemstone. The pavilion had a very standard Portugese cut which was windowed. And the shape of the stone was a poorly shaped oval. He felt it would look much nicer if it was re-faceted into a cushion cut. I think he was right. And cushion cuts are also very popular these days.

Below, you will see photos and description of the cutting process.

Bottom of the brown Tourmaline before re-faceting it.

Before Re-Faceting Tourmaline

This photo shows the shape of the Tourmaline before I started working on it.

Unfortunately I didn't take a photo of the top of the stone.

Side view of the stone mounted on the faceting machine.

Original Pavilion

This photo shows the original cut on the bottom of the stone which is known as a Portugese cut.

Showing the bottom of the stone with the new cushion shape and a line drawn on it for lining up the shape.

Re-Shaping the Pavilion

In this photo you can see that I have started re-shaping the stone into a cushion cut. I have drawn a keel line on the pavilion to help guide in the alignment of the stone.

Shows the first 2 facets which have been cut.

First cuts

Here you can see where I have the stone re-shaped into a cushion shape.

I am now adding the first 2 facets to make the new pavilion.

The new pavilion will be a more brilliant type of cut.

It now has 8 facets.

Main cuts on the Pavilion

Here you can see the first 8 main cuts on the pavilion.

Now the pattern is more complex.

More facets on the Pavilion

Here you can see that I have added more facets which makes the facet pattern more complex.

On a gem like this, I almost always improvise the faceting rather that following a standard pattern.

I begin with a standard pattern but since the shape can mean that a standard pattern won't fit the new stone very well, it becomes necessary to use creativity to alter the pattern in a manner which is sometimes unique for that gem.

The pavlilion is now polished and ready to do the crown.

Polishing the Pavilion

Now you see the pavilion in the process of polishing the facets.

Shows the first 8 new facets on the crown.

Re-faceting the Crown

At left you can see the new main facets on the crown.

When re-faceting a stone, especially when changing the shape, it is almost always necessary to re-facet the crown also.

Sometimes we can get by with only partially recutting the crown.

This shows the finished stone much more brilliant.

Finished re-faceted Tourmaline

Here you can see the new shape and brilliance of the re-faceted gem.

The color also come out much nicer now!

If you have questions about a stone which you may want re-faceted, feel free to contact us.

→  Take me back to examples of Gems we have Re-faceted


Denton Anderson,
Gemologist & Gem Cutter
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Photo of Denton the gem cutter.

Graduate Gemologist, GIA, GG
Over 20 years of experience.