Books About Faceting

Cutting Gemstones: A beginners guide to faceting by John Broadfoot & Peter Collins, 2003 ISBN:0-646-41461-5
A book designed to teach you about faceting and is suitable for the complete beginner. The book is designed so that you can teach yourself to facet gemstones from scratch. Each chapter leads you through the basics of faceting and highlights the most important principles for the beginner. You are guided from the simplest to the more complex cuts chapter by chapter and step by step. There are also chapters to extend the more experienced facetor including an introduction to the cutting of difficult soft gemstones. Cutting instructions are included for a large number of well known cuts and many new ones. The instructions are accompanied by clear step by step diagrams which enable the learner to see how each stage develops.

Amateur Gemstone Faceting, Volumes 1 & 2, by Tom Herbst, 2014 ISBN:13: 978-3-00-047474-3 and 13: 978-3-00-047475-0, respectively.This two-volume book provides instruction and inspiration for all levels of gemstone faceting expertise, from rank amateur to experienced master.

Faceting 1, Learn the Fine Art of Gem Faceting, It’s Easy! by Tom Mitchell  Introductory text for beginning faceters. Learn the history, the terminology, the machines available, the parts of the machines and how to use them and learn to facet your first stone.

Diamond Cutting by Basil Watermeyer. Chapters: 1 Diamond Identification, 2 Rough Diamond, 3 Preparation of Rough, 4 Polishing Grains of Natural Surfaces, 5 Faceting of Windows, 6 Marking and Designing, 7 Cleaving, 8 Sawing, 9 Girdles, 10 Bruting, 11 Polishing Wheel and Bench, 12 Loupe, 13 Tang and Dop History, 14 Compass of Polishing Grains, 15 Faceting History, 16 Round Brilliant Cut, 17 Cross-Working, 18 Tangs and Dops for Cross-Working, 19 Levelling of Semi-Automatic Tang, 20 Brillianteering, 21 Tangs and Dops for Brillianteering, 22 Faceting Problems and Techniques, 23 Modern Ideal Cut, 24 Whole-Stones, 25 Twisting, 26 Macle, 27 Automation, 28 Operator Systems, 29 Machine Room, 30 Fancy Cuts, 31 Marquise, 32 Pendeloque, 33 Oval, 34 Emerald Cut Introduction, 35 Emerald Cut, 36 Square Emerald Cut, 37 Triangle Emerald Cut, 38 Kite Emerald Cut, 39 The Barion Introduction, 40 Barion Square Cut, 41 Barion Emerald Cut, 42 Barion Triangle Cut, 43 Barion Kite Cut, 44 Barion Pentagonal Cut, 45 Heart Brilliant Cut, 46 Profile Cut, 47 Star Cut, 48 Rose Cuts, 49 Trilliant Cuts, 50 Half-Moon Cut, 51 Control of Diamond Processing, 52 Carat Weight and Measures, 53 There C’s Values, 54 Princess Cut, 55 Interesting Cutting Facts of Some Famous Stones, 56 New Developments.
6.5″ x 9.5″, 406 pages, hard bound. ISBN: 0-620-13248-5
CTP Book Printers, Cape

Facet Cutters Handbook by Edward J. Soukup. Things to Remember, Dopping Is Important, The Standard Brilliant Cut, A Faceting Index Conversion Chart, The French or Calibre Cut, The Triangle Step Cut, The Double French or Cardinal Cut, The Triangle Cardinal Cut, The Emerald Cut, The Six-Rayed Star Cut, The Pentagon Cut, The Cut-Corner Triangle Cut, The Step Cut and Cardinal Kite Cut, The Cut-Corner Kite Cut, The Keystone Step Cut, The Keystone Cardinal Cut, The Cut-Corner Keystone Cut, The Oblong Hexagon Cut, The Modified Square Brilliant Cut, The Don Diego Cut, Polishing Hard Materials, Polishing Guide for Faceters, Faceting Angles and Hints, Table of Facet Angles, Faceting Index Conversion Chart, Step Cut Round, Double Bar Cut, Bar Cut Pendeloque, Hexagonal Brilliant, Opposed Bar Cut, Scintillator Brilliant.
5.5: x 8″, 64 pages, paperback, SBN 910652-06-6
Gembooks, Mentone, California

Faceting for Amateurs by Glen and Martha Vargas. Chapters: I Gems are Minerals, II Faceting Machines, III Laps that Cut, IV Laps that Polish, V Choosing Materials, VI Optical Properties, VII Angles for Faceting, VIII Faceted Stone Patterns, IX Preparing for Faceting, X Cutting the Facets, XI, Polishing the Gem, XII Soft Materials, XIII Disposition and Care of Gems, Appendix I Species Descriptions of Natural Materials, Appendix II Species Descriptions Man-made Materials, Appendix III Useful Tables and Formulas, Appendix IV Manufacturers.
8.5″ x 11″, 340 pages, hard bound. ISBN: 0-917646-07-X
Glen and Martha Vargas, Thermal California 92274
Phone: 760.397.4264

Faceting History: Cutting Diamonds & Colored Stones by Glenn Klein. Chapters: 1. A Definition of Faceting, Lapidary Defined, Cabochon and Faceted Stone Differences, GIA’s Description of a Gemstone, The work of a Faceter Is Needed. 2. First Written Words, Man Settles Down in a Home, Man Values Stones, Early Stone Improvement, First Gemstones Brought to Europe, Gem Legends, Confusion of Gem Names, Gemstone Myths, Time of the Roman Empire, Gemstones Mounted in Jewelry, First Faceted Gemstones, Jewelry-arts Expansion, Jean Baptiste Tavernier, the Famous World Traveler. 3. Introduction to Diamond-fashioning History, Louis de Berquem, Diamond Characteristics, Crystallography, Planning, Cleaving, Sawing, Bruting, Girdling, Rounding, Dopping, Mechanical Dops, Wooden vice, Tang, Diamond Bort, Scaife, Wheel, Mill, Disc, Lap, Blocker, Grinding First Few Principal Facets, Cross Cutter, Cross Worker, Brillianteering, Placing the Remaining Facets, Polishing, Modern-day Mass production, Diamond-cutting Centers, Guilds, and Unions, Famous Contributors to Diamond Fashioning. 4. General Faceting Procedure, Early Colored-stone Faceting and Equipment, Mohs’ Scale of Hardness, Jamb Peg, Faceting Heads, Preforming and Saws, Proportion and Shape, Laps, Abrasives and Polishing, Light, Crystal Structure, Dichroism, Reflection, Refraction, Double Refraction and Birefringence, Dispersion and Fire, Critical Angle, Color Absorption, Idar-Oberstein. 5. Early History of Cut Designs, Point Cut, Three Brothers, Table Cut, Mirror Cut, Tablet Cut, Step Cut, Trap Cut, Emerald Cut, Rose Cut, Double Rose, Rosette, Cardinal Mazarin, Peruzzi, Round Brilliant Cut, Marcel Tolkowsky, Present-day Cut Designs. 6. The Koh-i-Noor, Charles the Wise, Charles the Bold, Agnes Sorel, The Great Mogul, The French Blue, The Hope Diamond, The Regent, Marie Antoinette, The Orloff, The Cullinan. 7. Diamond Rough Material, Diamond Sources in India, Diamond Sources in Brazil, Diamond Sources in Africa, Other Sources of Diamond, Colored-stone Rough Material, Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds. 8. Mud Saws, Diamond-impregnated Saw Blades, Jamb-peg Machines, Modern Faceting Heads, The Early Mineral Clubs, The Great Depression Years, A Colored-stone Faceter in 1946, A Diamond Cutter in 1946, Professional Faceters, Amateur Faceters, Rock Hounds in the Western United States, Australian Faceters’ Organizations, World-class Faceting Competition, Formation of the United States Faceters’ Guild, Future Faceting Museum and Hall of Fame.
242 pages. ISBN: 1-59926-083-2 for Hardcover or ISBN: 1-59926-082-4 for Softcover
Available at: Amazon .com, Barnes & Noble, and Borders Books, or for a signed copy check the author’s website at:

Gem Cutting by John Sinkankas. Chapters: 1 Gemstones – The Raw Material of the Lapidary, 2 How to Get Started, 3 Sawing, 4 Grinding, 5 Lapping, 6 Sanding, 7 Polishing, 8 All-Purpose Units, 9 Drilling, 10 Cabochon Gems, 11 How to Cut Cabochons, 12 Faceted Gems, 13 Faceting Equipment, 14 How to Cut Faceted Gems, 15 Spheres and Beads, 16 Tumbling, 17 Carving and Engraving, 18 Mosaic and Inlay Work, 19 Treatment of Gemstones, Appendix 1 Mechanical Tables, Appendix 2 Weights and Measures Useful to the Gem Cutter, Appendix 3 Tables and Angles for Faceted Gems, Appendix 4 Magazines and Books.
8.5″ x 11″, 297 pages, hard bound. Library of Congress: 78-120070
Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 450 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001

Introduction to Meetpoint Faceting by Robert Long and Norman Steele. Detailed, step-by-step instructions for cutting the Round Brilliant, Lazy Oval, Commercial Marquise, Superpear 96 and Ember.
8.5″ x 11″, spiral bound.
The Graves Company, Pompano Beach, FL – Email: Peter Erdo

Learn How to Facet “The Right Way…” by Jeff Graham. Detailed instructions of equipment and techniques. The basic equipment needed by a new faceter is listed along with explanations of use. Pictures of most of the commonly available faceting machines are incorporated, along with descriptions of the controls. Five beginner’s designs are presented with detailed step by step diagrams and pictures illustrating the cutting process. Designs start with “Easy 8” and progress through “Easy Cushion”, “Floater Trillion”, “Round Brilliant”, and “Brilliant Pear”.
8.5″ x 11″, 58 pages, 3-ring binder.

The Techniques of Master Faceting by Gerald L. Wykoff. Chapters: 1 Gemological Essentials, 2 Gems and Their Properties, 3 Selection and Purchasing Rough, 4 Orienting and Preforming Rough, 5 Dopping and Transferring, 6 Cutting and Pre-Polishing Techniques, 7 Polishing Techniques, 8 Faceting Machines and Techniques, 9 Meet Point Faceting, 10 Diamond Cutting, 11 Special Aspects of Faceting, 12 Bringing Your Techniques Together
6″ x 9″, 234 pages, hard bound, ISBN: 0-96-7892-1-0
Adamas Publishers, PO Box 5504, Washington, DC 20016

Books and Collections of Gemstone Designs

Diagrams for Faceting Vol I -III by Glen and Martha Vargas. Volume I: Section I The Very Simple, II The Round Brilliants, III Brilliants, Without Pavilions, IV Brilliants, Variations of a Circle, V Brilliants Other Than Round, The Scissors Cut, VI Multifacet Brilliants, VII Step Cuts, VIII Variations on Geometric Forms, IX Mixed Cuts, X The Unusual, The Domed Cuts, The Barion Cuts
8.5″ x 11″, 166 pages, hard bound, ISBN: 0-917646-02-9
Glen and Martha Vargas, Thermal California 92274
Phone: 760.397.4264

Facet Design Vol I – VII by Robert Long and Norman Steele. 7 volumes with designs for I Ovals, II Navette/Marquise, III Heart/Pear, IV Cut Corner Rectangle, V Rounds, VI Barions, VII Antique Square Cushion.
8.5″ x 11″, punched for binder.
The Graves Company, Pompano Beach, FL – Email: Peter Erdo

Gram Faceting Designs 1 and additions by Jeff Graham. 56 material optimized designs for quartz, topaz, beryl, tourmaline, garnet, corundum, spinel, and CZ. Five additions of 42 designs each are available, including 3 additions of general designs for mixed materials, the Money Cuts addition, and the Checkerboards addition.
8.5″ x 11″, binder, page protector.

Original Faceting Designs by Charles W. Covill. 122 designs. Includes short articles on adhesives and method of assembly line faceting.
8.5″ x 11″, binder, each design in plastic sleeve, and on CD
Star Series by Charles W. Covill. 245 designs with 6 index pages. This collection features designs incorporating stars. Most of the stars are on the pavilion, some designs have stars on both the crown and pavilion. There are also some triple stars like the Dallas Cowboys wear on their helmets. Rounds, hexagons, octagons, triangles, ovals, pears, hearts, marquise, square and novel shapes.
8.5″ x 11″, 251 one sided, unbound pages total, and on CD
Other Charles Covill design books and collections are available in print including a new book with 109 designs; the VFW series with 25 designs; the Odd Mains series, recently revised with 62 designs; the Tourmaline Crystal series with 16 designs, and Charles’ 12 Best Design awards with 13 designs. The Odd Mains and VFW series are also available from Charles as GemCad format design files on a CD.

For orders, please contact – Email: Diann Covill Hill

Star Cuts by Fred Van Sant. There are six sets of Star Cuts available, called Star Cuts-1 through Star Cuts-6, plus one set called “Extra Designs”. There are approx. 60 designs in each set.
8.5″ x 11″, punched for binder. No direct sales outside the US. Star Cuts available outside the US to their members from the Australian, UK, and Canadian guilds.

The Book of Gem Cuts Vol I – IV by MDR Manufacturing, Inc. 15 – 22 designs per book. Angles for quartz.
8.5″ x 11″, spiral bound.


  1. rmustang

    Hi, Does anyone know how I might purchase instructional materials written by David E Corn? I have his instructional on “The Oval” It is really easy to follow and understand. Just hoping there is more out there.

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