The Cut, Cabochon

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SIS Cabochon Rose Quartz stone

Every piece of Swimming in Stones is designed to be created using traditional jewellery design methods. The Cabochon cut is the oldest of cuts for coloured gemstones. A long way back it was the only cut for coloured stones.

Cabochon from middle French, Caboche "head", is a smooth, domed cut and polish, it can be shallow or deep. There are no facets to refract the light. According to Jeweller Magazine, “The benefit of the Cabochon is that it ‘glows’ colour, whereas a faceted gemstone shines. It comes shallow round like the Jellyfish Labradorite earrings, tear and oval like in the Lotus Quartz Necklace and the deep round of the Lecce Rose Quartz ring. The underside of the stone is flat or slightly rounded to fit into a bezel setting.

SIS Cabochon Cut Rose Quartz stone 

A cabochon can also be cut as a Sugarloaf, like in this silver ring, the Pacific in Labradorite stone. It has four sides which gives an effect like a smooth, colourful lolly!

 SIS Pacific Silver ring in Labradorite stone


Stones look beautiful and there is a wonderful tactile nature to running your finger over a smooth Cabochon cut stone. 

Every stone can be found as a cabochon in our Swimming in Stones Collection we have Cabochon cut in these designs and these stones: 

Apo Silver Bangles and Rings in Quartz, Rose Quartz, Labradorite, Moonstone, Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, Orange Aventurine stones.

Arctic Silver rings and Gold rings in Labradorite, Prehnite, Orange Aventurine, Coral, Turquoise stones.

Butterfly Valley Silver necklace and silver earrings in Turquoise, Coral, Orange Aventurine, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli and Yellow Onyx stones.

Daintree Silver and gold rings in Moonstone, Green Aventurine and Quartz stones.

Jellyfish Silver & gold earrings in Labradorite and Mother of Pearl stones.

Lecce Silver rings in Rose Quartz, Prehnite and Chalcedony stones. 

Lotus Silver necklace and silver earrings in Quartz, Turquoise and Coral stones.

Pacific Silver ring in Labradorite, Prehnite, Pink Opal, Moonstone, Orange Aventurine and Turquoise stones.

Siren Song Silver necklace and silver earrings in Chalcedony, Moonstone, Prehnite and Pink Opal stones.

I'm very proud to be an Australian jewellery designer, but my love of handmade jewellery, tradition, artisanship and influence, spans culture, continents and time.

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