The Gem Cutting Process 
Here is the rough piece of Amethyst I started with.
Here is the rough piece of Amethyst I started with.
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Sawing away the large areas that are not clean.
Sawing away the large areas that are not clean.
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Sawing away the large areas that are not clean.
Sawing away the large areas that are not clean.
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Sawing away the large areas that are not clean.
Sawing away the large areas that are not clean.
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Sawing away the large areas that are not clean.
Sawing away the large areas that are not clean.
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These are the pieces left from the original piece of rough.
These are the pieces left from the original piece of rough.
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These two pieces pictured above are the 2 pretty much flawless areas from the original rough.
These two pieces pictured above are the 2 pretty much flawless areas from the original rough.
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Here, I have attached the stone to the faceting machine, and cut it to a round shape while removing the remaining flaws that were not removed with the saw.
Here, I have attached the stone to the faceting machine, and cut it to a round shape while removing the remaining flaws that were not removed with the saw.
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Here I have cut the first 4 facets on the crown of the stone.
Here I have cut the first 4 facets on the crown of the stone.
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Here, I have cut all 8 of the main facets for the crown.
Here, I have cut all 8 of the main facets for the crown.
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Here I have polished the first main facet on the crown.
Here I have polished the first main facet on the crown.
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Here I have polished all eight main crown facets.  Notice the color looks red.  The stone is not red, but the wax I used to attach it to the faceting machine is, and the stone transmits that color, so it appears red.
Here I have polished all eight main crown facets. Notice the color looks red. The stone is not red, but the wax I used to attach it to the faceting machine is, and the stone transmits that color, so it appears red.
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Here you can see the actual color of the stone a little better.
Here you can see the actual color of the stone a little better.
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Here I have cut the table to proper size.
Here I have cut the table to proper size.
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And here I show the crown main facets, and the table polished.
And here I show the crown main facets, and the table polished.
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Here I have cut in the star facets(the little facets that are next to the table)
Here I have cut in the star facets(the little facets that are next to the table)
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This angle shows the star facets a little better.
This angle shows the star facets a little better.
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All of the star facets have been polished here.
All of the star facets have been polished here.
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Here I have cut the break facets.
Here I have cut the break facets.
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And here you can see the entire crown finished.
And here you can see the entire crown finished.
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I flipped the stone over to cut the pavilion, and cut the pavilion main and break facets.
I flipped the stone over to cut the pavilion, and cut the pavilion main and break facets.
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Here you can see the pavilion main facets polished.
Here you can see the pavilion main facets polished.
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And the entire pavilion polished.  Time to take it off of the machine and clean it up.
And the entire pavilion polished. Time to take it off of the machine and clean it up.
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Here it is!   Finished!
Here it is! Finished!
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Another angle showing the proper proportions of the finished stone.
Another angle showing the proper proportions of the finished stone.
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