What I'm search for is if anyone knows of any books
that may have been published in the past, that would give
instructions on how to develop a faceting design on paper? Or
perhaps there is a facetor that might give me some suggestions on
developing a faceting design on paper? I figure someone must have
done it on paper in the past before there were computers and
everything became so automated.
The only reference I know is the classic "Facet Design" by Robert
Long and Norman Steele. They pretty much invented mathematical design
and analysis. It comes in 7 volumes, but probably vol. 1 would give
you what you need. It's available from several lapidary suppliers.
I highly recommend that you join the Gemology Online forum at
and ask your questions there. There are many experienced faceters
and designers on the forum.
I also highly recommend that you learn to use Gemcad. There are
decent tutorials, and it's a heck of a lot easier than hand
calculating. Many people use it on Mac or Linux.
Pine City, NY