Fantasy Cuts

Once upon a time, the job of a lapidary was to cut a gemstone while preserving as much weight as possible. Then in the 1970s Bernd Munsteiner invented the fantasy cut, inspiring generations of lapidary artists.

What is a fantasy cut? Instead of having traditional facets, fantasy-cut gemstones feature grooves, optic dishes and concave facets that add fascinating patterns and shapes to gemstones, allowing these gems to interact with light in a different way.

Seen here are a fantasy cut Burmese peridot designed and cut by Richard P. Homer, GIA GG.

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