Gemstones for Beginners - Rose Cut April 27 2015, 0 Comments

Previously in my gemstones for beginners series I have covered the basic difference between faceted gems and cabochons. Rose cut gems fall beneath the two, having a flat back and a rounded top with triangular facets.

Rose cuts have been used since at least the 16th century, and although they have fallen out of use in diamond cutting I see them a lot in other types of stone. They were used traditionally for slivers of stone which couldn't be cut into the more regular shapes.

These cuts don't have the full sparkle of the faceted stones as they don't have the depth, but they do look particularly good with stones like this labradorite which is more opaque and doesn't let the quantity of light through that a clear stone would.

Keep an eye on the unique pieces section of my website for some lovely rose cut gems including these labradorites coming soon.