Faceted Stones

Faceted stones are carefully cut gemstones intended for usage in jewellery – usually rings, earrings, or pendants.

A wide range of gemstones are sold faceted – it shows off the colour nicely and allows light inside the stone to allow it to shine.

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What are faceted stones?

These gorgeous stone pieces are cut to a particular shape, intended for jewellery – usually rings, earrings, or pendants, but different sized stones are suitable for different things, of course.

Faceted stones come in a range of different sizes and shapes – the most common types are round or oval, but teardrop, pear shaped, square, triangular and free formed shapes are relatively popular too. Different sizes are very common too – obviously, the size of stone required for a stud earring would be different to a large ring stone, or a pendant stone.

They are sometimes also known as ‘facets’ or may be known by their cut – for example, a brilliant cut Diamond would be a faceted stone of a certain cut.


Looking for something special?

We do not carry a large amount of stock where stones for jewellery are involved, but we do have contacts with numerous lapidary workshops and wholesalers around the world.

Chances are, if we don’t sell what you’re looking for, we can certainly find it. Send us a message with your requirements, and we’ll see what we can do.


Faceted stones in history

The faceting of gemstones is a relatively recent development compared to the use of gemstones as decorative pieces in general. We know stone aged peoples used carved beads and stones, but the first faceted stones only being to appear in Europe in the 13th or 14th centuries.

Faceting a stone is significantly harder than cutting a cabochon, as it not only requires precision cutting and geometric angles, but also a pattern which makes the stone appear brighter by using available light.

During the 15th century lapidary was extremely popular throughout Europe and faceted stones rapidly advanced.


Faceted stone diagram

The following image shows a side view and a top/bottom view of a ‘brilliant cut’ stone, labelled with the common terms used in the trade. If you’ve ever wondered what a girdle or a crown were, well – this is a great place to start before getting a book on the subject or having a read of this article.

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