Gemstones are natures wonders, forming naturally in the earths crust. There are also many beautiful synthetic, man made, gemstones which have greatly improved in quality over the years. Gemstones come in a wide variety of different materials in a rainbow of colours. Each gem material is unique and has its own individual properties, inclusions and colours. While most of the gemstones we see everyday are standard cuts - round, oval, pear, square etc. There are in fact over 4000 different gemstone designs to choose from.
Faceting designs are the diagrams used to cut gemstones, sort of like instructions. They include a picture of the design as well as information on the angles that are used to create each facet or face on a gemstone. designs range in style and complexity from beginner to very advanced and can vary for the material being used as they can have different properties.