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Buff top cut

This is a cut that combines two classic styles.  The top is domed with a cabochon cut, while  below  the  girdle,  the  gem  has  facets  on  its  pavilion. The cabochon cut on the top allows for a smooth surface that allows a high amount of  lustre and brilliance to show through from the  facets below; it also gives the illusion of depth as  the eye is drawn into the centre. This cut is very  popular in gents’ jewellery.

Some in the gem trade use the term buff cut to  describe cabochon cut gems that are shallow in depth.

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A buff cut 4.6ct Moonstone

in Sterling Silver.