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    Diamond Cut Lenses

    I have a client who is requesting diamond cut lenses. It’s a faceted lens with cuts in the facet. I can make a facet by hand but wanted some insight and methods on how to create the cuts and polish them.

    I presumed that cuts are either with rotary tool or with cutting broaches. Any insight will greatly be appreciated.

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    This style was very popular several decades ago. They were done using a flat rotating diamond plate to make the facets. The results gave you sharp corners and smooth facets. The polishing was done on the same machine with a felt pad over diamond plate and polish was applied to the pad. There was a special fixture that held the lens so you could control the angle of the facet with the lapping plate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lensman11 View Post
    This style was very popular several decades ago. They were done using a flat rotating diamond plate to make the facets. The results gave you sharp corners and smooth facets. The polishing was done on the same machine with a felt pad over diamond plate and polish was applied to the pad. There was a special fixture that held the lens so you could control the angle of the facet with the lapping plate.
    Is the machine something like this but flat and custom lens jig for the facets? Click image for larger version. 

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    along with this to make the cuts on the facets?

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    I noticed the cuts on the facet or in a V pattern. Trying to find right equipment for the job. We get request almost every week for this and would love to learn this craft. Thanks again for the insight!
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    The machine is available on Amazon with the fixture that holds the lenses. It is a gem lapping machine.

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    Lol, I remember when these “machines “ came out....About 6 years after some of us were already duplicating Tura samples from Japan ‘79-80, and creating our own designs, along with stone designs. Anybody that dedicates practice with a hand stone, files and a simple polishing wheel could duplicate these and more. You don’t need a machine...Just practice, with a smidge artistic ability, to come up with stunning, one of a kind “eye jewelry “.

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    Quote Originally Posted by optical24/7 View Post
    Lol, I remember when these “machines “ came out....About 6 years after some of us were already duplicating Tura samples from Japan ‘79-80, and creating our own designs, along with stone designs. Anybody that dedicates practice with a hand stone, files and a simple polishing wheel could duplicate these and more. You don’t need a machine...Just practice, with a smidge artistic ability, to come up with stunning, one of a kind “eye jewelry “.
    Absolutely correct. I did hundreds of them by hand on a 7" diamond wheel and Dremel tool. Old school opticians cut their teeth on stuff like this. That's the difference between an Optician and a eyewear sales clerk.

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