General Faceting

Variety Of Faceting Machines

Purchasing a faceting machine is a big decision and many people find the process very confusing. It is a sizable investment and you want to spend your money wisely.  Below are a few things to consider when choosing a faceting machine:

As new faceting machines are quite expensive, a well-looked after second hand faceting machine may make it easier to get started in the hobby.  Used faceting machines of good quality brands usually hold their value very well so as long as you choose carefully, this can be a good start for many people.Most modern faceting machines will be of the mast type where the faceting head is attached to a mast – the principals of faceting with one of these machines is similar regardless of brand and most literature will be aimed at users of these types of machines.These machines are bit expensive than platform machines and much more accurate.

Platform machines use a separate hand piece which rests on a horizontal platform.  Well-known brands of these types are Imahashi and Ray tech-Shaw.  These are a little different and not quite as easy to use but in the hands of a master cutter can turn out spectacular gems.Also cheaper in price.

When choosing a machine, check very carefully on how well the factory supports the machine, warranty (terms, conditions, exclusions, etc). Here I was put some branded faceting machines with there features go through and compare each other chose what fit for you.


FACETRON Faceting Machine blog how to chose faceting machine facetron 01

Jarvi Tool, LLC of Anaheim, California is a family run business since 1980.Over the period of 35 years they sold nearly 5,000 units.The Facetron is sold and shipped worldwide. 

Here some standard features and details about facetron faceting machine.

Urethane Splash Bowl with Padded Lap Nut prevents accidental damage of precious stones.  The spent cooling water conveniently drains through the bottom of the base.

The Base Plate is 12” x 18” x1/2” cast aluminum, Blanchard ground to be absolutely flat.This provides you the confidence that your machine is mounted on a steady base.  Also included is a genuine oak veneer base to highlight this fine precision instrument.

Power Permanent Magnet Motor custom made for Facetron, supplies variable speed through a direct line V-belt drive with plenty of torque over the full range of RPM.  Sealed bearings provide maximum life and dependability to the platen.  The motor mount swivels to accommodate belt tension adjustments.

Dop Chuck with exclusive Cam Lock System provides positive lock system on keyed dops that makes it easy to remove and replace your stones in the chuck with perfect orientation.  This feature is invaluable for multiple unit production cutting.  The entire system is assembled with precisions sealed ball bearings to guarantee long-life and prefect repeatability.

The Index Gear is by far the most important component of any faceting machine. Facetron’s advanced design is machined without compromise for precise meets of the facets on your valuable stones.Index gears are machine engraved for easy viewing.

Micro-height Adjustment makes it easy to go back to any facet after the dop has been removed from the dop chuck.  No numbers to write down.  It’s quick and simple.  This feature is particularly helpful in production faceting or when sharing your machine.  The Facetron can roll back to any facet by setting the angle the stone was cut as on thedigital protractor and reading the dial indicator needle.

The Digital Protractor provides you with 1/10 of a degree angle setting (equivalent to a four foot protractor).  It also allows you to repeat any desired angle quickly and precisely.

Mast Head Adjustment Lever makes moving the head height quick and easy.  Eliminates the cranking that many other machines require when lifting the head over long distances.  There is no need to write down number either.

Mast Anchor Lever locks with a feather touch and a hard anodized base permits a smooth movement with minimum wear.  Maximum flexibility  to work on stones of all sized and shapes.

The Electronic Speed Control puts you in control of your lap speed and incorporates an on-off switch.  Also included is a forward-neutral-reverse direction control.

All faceters now that the precision of their facets is directly linked to the precision of the index gear. That’s why Jarvi Tool, LLC takes painstaking care in the productions of its index gears so you can cut the most brilliant gemstones possible.  The Facetron comes equipped with the 96 index gear, but you can choose the index gear you want.

Choices of Index Gears

  • 32  Brilliants
  • 64  All Purpose
  • 72  Hearts, Pears and Nine Main Brilliants
  • 80  5-Sided Figures, Stars
  • 84  All Purpose
  • 88  Eleven Main Brilliants
  • 96  All Purpose
  • 120  For Large Stones and Fine Work
  • Oval  For Limited Oval Cuts

Complete Facetron Kit

Includes all you need to begin making fine gemstones except laps

  • The Complete Facetron Machine
  • The Facetron Owners Manual
  • Learning to Facet in the 21st Century with Facetron by Jim Perkins
  • A set of 15 dop sticks (4mm, 5mm, ¼”, 3/8” & ½” flat, cone, vee)
  • Water System
  • Splash Bowl
  • Padded Lap Nut
  • Acculign Transfer Stand for unequaled precision and ease of use.
  • 96 Index gear
  • Mast with micrometer adjuster and 360 degree swivel
  • 45 Degree Table Dop
  • Target Dop
  • Dop Chuck Wrench
  • Lifetime Warranty against defects in material or workmanship from Jarvi Tool, LLC

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