Hello! My name is James Langdon and I will be giving the tuition. I have been a self employed gemcutter since 2008 and have sold gems to gem dealers and jewellers in Hatton Garden as well as internationally through instagram. I cut cabochons, faceted gems and concave cut gems too. This short course covers the knowledge needed to cut heart cabochons with an introduction to faceting as a cabochon needs a single, mirror finish facet on the back to complete it.
When you arrive we'll select the rough stone you will cut. A quartz (amethyst or citrine) will be provided but you will be given the opportunity to purchase a different type of stone to cut (currently peridot, pink tourmaline or oregon sunstone) if you so desire.
Your rough will then be glued onto a cabochon dop. While the glue cures, there will be an approximately 40 minute demonstration of how to cut the crown (top) of a heart cabochon to a perfectly smooth mirror finish: there will be a few opportunities where you can have a little practice on my stone. Once my stone's crown is finished, using a transfer jig a faceting dop is glued to the crown.
Then.... you cut your first heart cabochon crown under my supervision. Once we're both happy with the curves and mirror finish your stone gets a faceting dop glued onto it.
While the glue on your stone cures there is a 30 minute demonstration on how to facet the single mirror finish facet on the back of the stone using an Imahashi faceting machine. Again, there will be a few opportunities where you can have a bit of practice on my stone.
Then..... you facet the single facet under my supervision. That's very easy to type, but a bit tricky to do!
After your gem is finished it needs to be soaked in a solution to dissolve the glue. This can take up to 24 hours so your gem will be ready to collect the next day, or, if that's not convenient it can be posted to you by Royal Mail special delivery at no extra charge.
Please be aware that the stairs to the toilet are very steep and not suitable for anyone with any difficulty walking.
This course is suitable for someone with no experience in gemcutting. I can teach most afternoons and evenings, please enquire for availability.
My workshop is close to Lewes Road in Brighton and there are several bus routes available which use that road. The closest bus stop is St. Paul's street which is a 3 minute walk away.
The tuition runs for approximately four hours but I'm quite happy to extend the time available until the heart cabochon has been properly finished.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Water, tea or coffee, biscuits.
Postage of your gem to you by Royal mail special delivery if needed.
4 hours (3:00pm to 7:00pm)
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Having had no previous experience I found James very patient and a great host. He demonstrated each stage and was happy to share his own tips and experience.
Managed to do some carving and some Cab work over two days.
Thanks for an inspiring couple of days! Great to learn something new on a new material.
I will be back to learn some faceting soon.
Response from Treasureworks:Thank you Euan!