Sometimes a gemstone should take a walk on the wild side.

It can be good to give up the straight angles and symmetrical curves, and instead bust out in wild, irregular angles and patterns, especially since there always will be a customer for these uniquely cut, rough-and-tumble specimens.

For the customer who wants something one-of-a-kind, show them a gemstone design that’s as unique as a snowflake and get ready to talk gemology. Irregular gem cuts also offers a challenge for designers, forcing them to take their game up a notch.

Here are 13 examples of the wide diversity of gem cutting, and even not cutting.





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