This past weekend was the first time in a long time that I have allowed myself to play at my bench. I wanted to work with these native cut gemstones that I bought a few years ago. I love irregularly faceted stones. As things get more industrial and
perfect, I find that I like to celebrate the things that look more
natural. These "native cut" gemstones were cut just outside the mine.
The stone cutter maximizes the amount of stone that can be cut by
keeping as much material as possible--this also gives the stone its
irregular shape. Each facet is cut by hand (using eyes without a machine to line up the facets) in which
an experienced stone cutter uses slight angle variations while cutting
to create a row of facets.
It feels really good to be able to work!