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We cut this Chrysoprase rough into Cabochons

A jewelry designer sent us this piece of rough Chrysoprase. He was planning to make a bracelet using a series of matching Chrysoprase cabochons.

The material he sent me was one of the nicest pieces of rough Chrysoprase that I have seen in years.

Below, you will see photos and description of the cutting process.

A 5 inch long piece of green Chrysoprase rough material.

A nice piece of rough Chrysoprase

This is the rough piece of Chrysoprase which they need me to make 10, 12 mm round cabochons from.

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Photo of sawing a slab of Chrysoprase with my trim saw.

Sawing the rough

After studying the rough material, I deciding where to saw off a 'slab' from the large piece of rough. I then trace 13 mm circles onto the slab as a guide for where to make nice cabs.

In this photo I am cutting the circles out with a diamond trim saw.

Photo of sawing a slab of Chrysoprase with my trim saw.

Finished cabs and rough Trimmings

Here you see the 10 finished 12 mm round Chrysoprase cabochons next to the trimmings. We always return the left-over trimmings to the jeweler or dealer who owns the material.

There is enough good material left from this cutting job to cut several more very nice stones.


The finished cabs

This is a very nice set of high quality matched Chrysoprase cabochons.

→ Take me back to examples of Cabochons we have cut from Rough


Denton Anderson,
Gemologist & Gem Cutter
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Photo of Denton the gem cutter.

Graduate Gemologist, GIA, GG
Over 20 years of experience.