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Alan Balmer

Many faceters are self-taught, but an instructor to look over your shoulder can be invaluable. If you have the opportunity, find a class. Local gem and mineral clubs may offer something. If you can get to Tucson in early February, there will be classes at the Faceter’s Frolic. See the Community->Events page on this website to sign up.

The best book on the market, in my opinion, is Tom Herbst’s “Amateur Gemstone Faceting”. It’s inexpensive and available from Amazon:

There is a second volume with more advanced topics, but the first volume is an excellent introduction.