Gem Cutter

Cut, shape, and polish precious and synthetic gems.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$19,000 – $61,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Gem Cutters do?

Cuts, shapes, and polishes precious and synthetic gems: Positions rough stone in holder and holds stone against edge of revolving saw or lapidary slitter impregnated with diamond dust to cut and slit stone. Removes cut stone and places it in lapidary stick. Selects shaping wheel and applies abrasive compound. Holds lapidary stick against revolving shaping wheel and lapidary disk to further shape stone and grind facets. Examines stone for accuracy of cut, using magnifying glass. Polishes stone, using felt or canvas-covered polishing wheel, and polishing compounds, such as tripoli or rouge. May use mechanical facet-cutting device. May cut and polish diamonds for industrial purposes and be designated Industrial-Diamond Polisher.

Should I be a Gem Cutter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Bezel Cutter, Crafter, Gem Carver, Gem Expert, Gem Stone Cutter, Pavilion Cutter, Pearl Cutter

    How to become a Gem Cutter

    Gem Cutters generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Gem Cutter-related education!
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