Mainely Gems · 186 Mountain View Road · Fryeburg, Maine 04037 · 207.935.7922 · [email protected]
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Cabochons

 Rhodocrosite slab     Rhodocrosite cabochon    Rhodocrosite pendant and earrings

We do all types of cabochon cutting from standard shapes and sizes to freeform.  We can cut from your material or ours. We are highly skilled at cutting calibrated sizes for bezel settings.  We currently do not handle corundum cabbing.  We can process individual stones or production orders.  Unless otherwise discussed, all of our cabochons are cut in the classic bezel style; a polished flat back, with a bezel back-cut angled at roughly twelve degrees and a rounded dome. The traditional cabochon design can be modified to a slightly flat or flattened top to accommodate picture scenes found in jaspers or agates, watermelon tourmalines, or material that lends itself to flatwork.

All of our cabochons are polished using state of the art diamond tools and compounds. Due to the nature of the material itself and the various idiosyncrasies associated with minerals, sometimes small pinholes and natural fractures can be found on cabochons. We like to offer our cabochons to you in their natural state; however, these slight imperfections can be filled in upon request. We will disclose this to you if these features exist.

Loss of material in cabochon cutting isn't as high as in faceting, and could be as low as 30%.  The cost of cabochon rough varies from low to very high.  Rough material runs the gambit from rocks in your backyard to ruby and other fine minerals.  We have on hand most standard cabbing material and specialize in jaspers and agates. 

Custom cabochon work is available at a rate of $30 an hour.  On the average, for normal sizes and shapes, it takes less than an hour and will be billed out accordingly.  However, large or fancy cabochons fabricated from difficult material will cost more.  Please understand that due to the unique patterning and/or coloration of rough material, matching cabochons can sometimes be difficult or impossible to produce.

Contact us to receive your FREE estimate. Give us a description of the service or product required and any other pertinent information, such as approximate size, type and amount of material, design parameters, type of setting, and how it will be used.
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