Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

Dop Options

Gem cutters use dops to help hold a stone for cutting. There’s no one way to dop a stone and no one adhesive for keeping it in place, as I’ve learned over the years. Here’s what works best for me these days.

Kinds of Adhesives

When I began faceting in 1990, I was taught to use dop wax for dopping the stone to the flat dop, and then again when transferring the faceted pavilion into a cone dop. I was taught to align the girdle on the master lap before I began cutting the crown. Later as a

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