Sunday, 19 of February of 2017

Cutting Cabachons


LADYS OR MENS OVAL CABACHON CUT GREEN NEPHRITE JADE RING
LADYS OR MENS OVAL CABACHON CUT GREEN NEPHRITE JADE RING $325.00
Time Remaining: 20h 56m
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ESTATE FIND 1956ct Cabachon Cut Sapphire 149mm by 133mm
ESTATE FIND 1956ct Cabachon Cut Sapphire 149mm by 133mm $32.76
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 9m

Well Cut 9x7 Oval Cabachon Smokey Quartz6 Pcs AAA ALL NATURAL
Well Cut 9x7 Oval Cabachon Smokey Quartz6 Pcs AAA ALL NATURAL $2.29
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 41m
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6 x 3 Marquise Cut Cabachon Smokey Quartz AAA ALL NATURAL 10 PC SET
6 x 3 Marquise Cut Cabachon Smokey Quartz AAA ALL NATURAL 10 PC SET $2.29
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 41m
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Well Cut 6 MM Cushion Cabachon Smokey Quartz 8 Pc AAA ALL NATURAL
Well Cut 6 MM Cushion Cabachon Smokey Quartz 8 Pc AAA ALL NATURAL $2.29
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 41m
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Well Cut 5 MM Cushion Cabachon Smokey Quartz12 Pc AAAA ALL NATURAL
Well Cut 5 MM Cushion Cabachon Smokey Quartz12 Pc AAAA ALL NATURAL $2.29
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 41m
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5 X 3 Emerald Cut Cabachon Smokey Quartz 12 Pcs AAA ALL NATURAL
5 X 3 Emerald Cut Cabachon Smokey Quartz 12 Pcs AAA ALL NATURAL $2.29
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 42m
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Well Cut 6 MM Round Cabachon Smokey Quartz 8 Pcs AAA ALL NATURAL
Well Cut 6 MM Round Cabachon Smokey Quartz 8 Pcs AAA ALL NATURAL $2.29
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 42m
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8X4 Marquise Cut Cabachon Smokey Quartz AAA ALL NATURAL 6 PC SET
8X4 Marquise Cut Cabachon Smokey Quartz AAA ALL NATURAL 6 PC SET $2.29
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 42m
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10X5 Marquise Cut Cabachon Smokey Quartz AAA ALL NATURAL 5 PC SET
10X5 Marquise Cut Cabachon Smokey Quartz AAA ALL NATURAL 5 PC SET $2.29
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 42m
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7X5 Emerald Cut Cabachon Smokey Quartz 6 Pcs AAA ALL NATURAL
7X5 Emerald Cut Cabachon Smokey Quartz 6 Pcs AAA ALL NATURAL $2.29
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 42m
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8X6 Emerald Cut Cabachon Smokey Quartz 3 Pcs AAA ALL NATURAL
8X6 Emerald Cut Cabachon Smokey Quartz 3 Pcs AAA ALL NATURAL $2.29
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 42m
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9X7 Emerald Cut Cabachon Smokey Quartz 2 Pcs AAA ALL NATURAL
9X7 Emerald Cut Cabachon Smokey Quartz 2 Pcs AAA ALL NATURAL $2.79
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 42m
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Well Cut 7 MM Round Cabachon Smokey Quartz 6 Pcs AAA ALL NATURAL
Well Cut 7 MM Round Cabachon Smokey Quartz 6 Pcs AAA ALL NATURAL $2.29
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 42m
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One of the first things I learnt in jewellery making classes was how to bezel-set a cabochon into a ring. Because of that  I went searching for some interesting semi-precious cabochon stones to set into a ring. That's when I fell in love with gemstones and realised what a fascinating hobby lapidary is.  I have some experience in stained glass work so  cutting, shaping and polishing Rough Stones into cabochons seemed like another interesting hobby.

I started doing of research into Lapidary Equipment. I looked at this site www.rockcraftgems.net and figured out that, to start with I would need a Lapidary Trim Saw and a Cabbing Machine.

A Trim Saw is used to cut down rough rocks into slabs which are the flat pieces from which you cut as close as possible to the shape of the cabochon. A lapidary trim saw is a basic machine that uses a Diamond Saw Blade and  has a water or oil  reservoir to lubricate the diamond Saw blade.

A Cab Machine is used to shape and polish the rough slabs into a cabochon using silicon grinding wheels. One of the most popular cabbing machines on the market is the CabKing

There are two different ways you can use the Cabbing Rough that you buy.  Firstly you can try to cut as many cabochons from one piece of gemstone rough as you can so make the most of the cabochons from your piece of rough.  Alternatively there is the selective Cabochon option where you select the best pattern or colors on the slab to create a more beautiful cabochon. This is usually the approach most hobbyist lapidary take as you will usually end up with a more beautifully piece for your efforts as nowadays you can buy some lovely rough for making cabochons inexpensively from eBay or a rock shop.

Cutting a cabochon from a rough rock can take anything between 1 - 3 hours to cut depending on the size of the original Lapidary Rough and the hardness of the gemstone you are cutting. A Lapidary Slab Saw can  take anything up to 30 minutes to make slice through the rough rock so it is best to try to buy a lapidary trim saw with an auto-feed system, so while you're slicing your rock you can be working on something else. Harder rocks will of course take longer to cut through.  For shaping and polishing the cabochon on a the cabbing machine this can take anything from 30 minutes to 2 hours cabochon depending on the hardness of the stone and your skill level as a lapidary.