When interacting with customers and working on jewelry repairs, we discuss stone replacement. Whether a stone is heavily scratched or missing completely you have an option of the type of stone you would like. Cabochon stones or faceted cut stones are always discussed based on lifestyle and desired look. Cabochon stones are explained in this article for easy understanding.
What is a Cabochon Stone?
The term cabochon comes from the French word “caboche,” meaning “head”. This refers to a gemstone that has been shaped and polished versus faceted. It is common to carve softer stones as cabochon stones since minute scratches show much less on a cabochon stone than on a faceted stone.
What is a Faceted Stone?
For reference, a faceted stone is the cut of a diamond. The ability of light to pass through the gemstone is the main factor that comes into play when deciding how to cut a gemstone. If a gemstone is opaque, it is cut into a cabochon stone. Stones with asterism and chatoyancy are cut as domed cabochons to best portray the fine, needle-like inclusions. These needle-like inclusions polished as a cabochon stone shows off the vibrance of the colors in the stone, which would not be visible if the stone was faceted.
The final decision ultimately falls on the lapidary artist, but they are often fashioned into cabochons to show them off to their best attributes.
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