Forums Beginner Questions Where do I start?

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    I recently purchased a faceting machine and I’m looking for some advice. I’ve never faceted before and would like some recommendations of resources like books to get me started. I have some rough stones already to start with.


    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.



    Thank you very much!



    There are quite a few you tube videos of faceting which can let you see how the machines operate and how different accessories are used. Some of the videos cover beginning faceting as well as more advanced cutting.




    Steve Moriarty from has some you tube videos that can possibly help, there are also several others to use.



    @seanjaniak I am also new to faceting. I am using a Ultratec V5 faceting machine. Regardless of what machine you are using:

    • I found the Faceting 101 series linked to on the Ultratec site to be very helpful.
    • Also the Manual is terrific. I followed the steps outlined in section 6.2 Learning to Facet.

    Good luck.



    Our USFG President, Tom Mitchell, wrote a fantastic book for Beginning Faceting!!!! It contains great, no-nonsense instructions….an absolute must!!!! $35

    Faceting 1

    Jeff Theesfeld
    USFG Historian

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