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Carved groove around faceted Aquamarine drops

A jewelry designer sent me these faceted Aquamarine drops. He needed grooved carved around the outer edge, or girdle, of the drops.

Althought the grooves look pretty simple, this is actually a fairly difficult job because the tool can easily slip and damage the faceted gemstone. It takes very slow and careful hand control to make the grooves without much chipping on the edges. When I do get minor chipping, I able to polish those out.

A photo of me carving the groove in the Aquamarine drop.

Carving the grooves

In this photo I am holding one of the faceted Aquamarine drops.

For a job like this I need to use a nice sharp diamond tool which has the correct shape to make the groove.

Side view of the Aquamarine drop with the groove carved in the edge.

Side view of grooves in drops

You can see the groove in the sides of the drops. The groove has now been polished.

Photo from another angle showing the groove carved into the edge.

Finished grooves in drops

Another angle showing the polished groove around the drop.

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

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