Learning to facet is two parts, cutting and polishing. Cutting is
fairly easy, polishing is not. My opinion is that if you are a
problem solver and very persistent and focused you might end up
Understand that you cut all the facets with one grit, recut each
facet at at least 2 more times and then polish each facet. Standard
round brilliant has 58 facets, about 232 steps without one mistake
or you either make a new design from your mistake or start all over
If you think you are serious, as mentioned by someone else, taking a
class is a good idea. The quality and speed of cutting depends on the
quality of your equipment.
Are you planning on making money or just doing it for fun or as a
hobby? If you are thinking of doing it as a business, there is quite
a learning curve to learn to polish different types of material.
Once you learn how to do it, then there is the learning curve of
finding material worth cutting that you can afford. Most (all)
natural gem material you buy mail order will be crap.
Faceting is about as far from instant gratification as you can get,
but transforming a piece of unimpressive rock into a beautiful gem
has always been thrilling to me and provided a great sense of
accomplishment that I could focus enough to not make a mistake.
Richard Hart G.G.