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Faceting tiny Sapphires to fit an antique Diamond ring

A jeweler sent me this antique Diamond and Sapphire ring which needed 2 new tiny Sapphires cut to replace the missing ones.

Very tiny gemstones can be difficult to cut because they are only held on our faceting machine by a tiny drop of Epoxy. If the stone falls off of the machine, it can be very difficult to find, and if I do find it, it can also be difficult to line up the stone correctly.

Shows the tiny Sapphire mounted in my faceting machine

Tiny Sapphire mounted in
my faceting machine

Here you can see how tiny this sapphire was.

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Shows me polishing the tiny sapphire on my faceting polishing lap.

Polishing the tiny Sapphire

Here you can see me polishing the Sapphire on my faceting lap.

I have to be very careful because tiny gemstones heat up much faster from the friction of polishing than a large stone does.

Shows the two finished tiny Sapphires. One is rectangular and the other is rectangular with a diagonal edge.

The finished tiny Sapphires

Here are the finished stones.

Like most Sapphires in antique rings, these needed cissors cut patterns also.

The 2 finished tiny Sapphires next to the ring they will be mounted into.

The finished Sapphires and the ring

Here you can see the two finished tiny Sapphires sitting next to the ring they will be mounted into.

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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.