NE1 Faceters is a group of faceters - gemstone cutters, which was formed in 2012. We hold monthly meetings at the John Willie Sams Centre, Dudley, Cramlington. NE23 7HS, on the first Monday of every month (excepting Bank Holidays when we move to the second Monday of the month). Meetings include discussions, talks, demonstrations, quizzes, raffles and we occasionally organise group trips.
We run faceting workshops in the Newcastle area allowing people to cut their first gemstone or improve their faceting skills. Please see our Tuition Page for more Information.
We hold monthly meetings at the John Willie Sams Centre, Dudley, Cramlington. NE23 7HS, on the
first Monday of every month (excepting Bank Holidays when we move to the second Monday of the
month). Meetings include discussions, talks, demonstrations, quizzes, raffles and we occasionally
organise group trips.
We are demonstrating at number of shows. Dates for 2019 to be confirmed.
What is faceting?
Faceting is the art and craft of cutting gemstones. A facet is a flat surface that is cut onto the surface of a gemstone, the facets are usually a triangle, diamond or a bar shape. There are over 4000 different cutting designs and each design has the instructions to cut and achieve a finished gemstone.
Different gem materials such as Sapphire, Emerald, Amethyst and Topaz affect light differently, so the facets need to be cut at different angles, depending on which gemstone you cut, so that you get the best sparkle from the finished stone. If you want a fascinating and fun hobby, why not give faceting a try. You will be pleasantly surprised by the result, a beautiful sparkling gemstone that you have cut yourself.
Mast type - This type of machine has a faceting head (which holds the stone) fixed to a vertical post (mast). Floating head type - holds the gemstone in a hand held unit that can be lifted completely off the platform that it sits on. There are manufacturers of new machines in Australia and the USA, second hand machines occasionally come up for sale in the UK and abroad. Once purchased these machines can last for many years, even decades.
There are other, more simplified ways of faceting as can be seen in third world countries where gemstones are ‘native cut’, but these methods lack the accuracy that can be achieved with a precision faceting machine like those pictured above.