Gemcutting Foundations

The Gemcutting Foundations course covers all the essential information you need to know to get started in gemcutting. Over the course of four projects, you will gain an understanding in the operation and controls of the handpiece-style faceting machine. As we proceed through the course, you will learn all the skills needed to be able to facet gemstones as a profession or a hobby.

During this practical two-week course, you will cut and polish four faceted gemstones. Through these exercises, you will learn not only the basic skills needed to cut and polish a gem, such as hand preforming, polishing theory, wax dopping, and glue transfers, but also advanced techniques such as how to manipulate the geometry of facets, how and when to use the cheater, as well as the art of recutting.

The Gemcutting Foundations course is taught in a large abd bright classroom. Each student has his or her own workstation and faceting machine. The course is given in small groups, and by two teachers. Everything is done to ensure that each student gets the most out of this intensive learning experience.

After completing the course, you will have internalized all the steps that a stone must go through to get from the rough to the polished state. You will also be able to identify which gemstones can have their value and beauty increased through recutting and repolishing. In addition, a certificate will be issued to you, attesting to your new skills.

Who Should Take This Course

The Gemcutting Foundations course has been developed for both hobbyists and professionals in the gem and jewelry trade who want to develop new skills in order to improve their business. Whether you are a professional who wants to learn to competently buy rough or cut stones in the market as well as work with cutting factories and bespoke cutters, or you are hobbyist looking to learn the art of cutting and recutting, the Gem Cutting Foundations course has something valuable to offer you.

Languages and Schedule

This course is offered in English by Justin K Prim from Monday to Friday (on Saturday if the Friday is closed), from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How to Register

You can register online, by phone at 514-844-0024, or by mail.

Teacher Bio’s

Justin K Prim is an American gem cutter and author. He has been cutting gemstones since 2013 and has trained as a lapidary in the United States, Thailand, Sri Lanka, the UK, and Switzerland. To support his work as a gemcutter, he has attended gemology programs at GIA and AIGS. He has travelled around the world to various gem producing regions to learn about rough and has visited mines in Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Europe, and the Americas.

Justin previously taught faceting at the Institute of Gem Trading in Bangkok as well as teaching gemology courses at AIGS Bangkok. He recently released his first book, The Secret Teachings of Gemcutting, which collects the worlds classic faceting patterns and presents them in an easy to cut format as well as providing a section on the gemmological information that is most useful to the gemcutter. Aside from teaching and writing, Justin also gives talks and presentations about faceting and faceting history around the world.

To see Justin’s work, check out his Instagram profile: @justinkprim

Victoria Raynaud is French gemcutter and gemologist. She learned gemcutting through an apprenticeship in Geneva and worked as a professional lapidary for three years in Switzerland, specializing in the cutting of small, precision-cut stones for the Swiss watch industry. She has also worked as a sample fabrication specialist and analyst in both GIA and DANAT, in departments focused on origin determination research.

She has attended gemology programs at both Gem-A (via their French course at EGM Montreal) and GIA in Bangkok. Victoria has taught gemcutting in Bahrain and Thailand and is able to teach in multiple languages and on multiple machines. She speaks French and English and has travelled on gemstone field expeditions to Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar.

To see Victoria’s work, check out her Instagram profile: @victoriaraynaud