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    Jeff R. Graham

    The late Jeff Graham was a prolific faceter, creator of many original faceting designs, and the author of several highly-regarded instructional faceting books such as Gram Faceting Designs.

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    Jeff R. Graham

    Can You Make a Living Cutting Gems?

    How much and how fast do you have to work if you want to make a living cutting gems? Jeff Graham has some advice for those who want to enter the business.…

    Gemstone Certificates

    Can you rely on gemstone certificates to reveal everything that can affect the value of pricey gems? Learn what to look for when you have a gem certified.…

    What are Sintered Laps?

    Sintered laps are expensive, metal/diamond bonded gem cutting laps. Are they worth the investment? Learn about their advantages and disadvantages.…

    What is a Princess Cut Diamond?

    What constitutes a princess cut? Jeff Graham examines a variety of diamonds sold as examples of this design and identifies their overall characteristics.…

    Gram Wagon Wheel Gem Design

    Can an apex crown improve a gem’s tilt brightness? See how a gram wagon wheel gem design will affect your gem and how it compares to a round brilliant.…

    Rubellite Tourmaline Buying Guide

    Like all tourmaline gemstones, rubellite wears well in almost any type of jewelry. This stone’s raspberry-like color draws a great deal of attention.…

    How To Score Polishing Laps

    Most gem cutters prefer using scored polishing laps. They work better and faster than non-scored laps. Learn how to score and break in your lap.…