Buff Top Gemstones
The 'buff top' gemstone cut is another style of mixed cutting for gemstones. Mixed-cut gemstones are, well, self-explanatory - they're usually cut with the combined features of a 'faceted' gem as well as a 'plain-cut' gemstone. Most mixed-cut stones exhibit facets on the upper half of the stone, while the lower half is cut with a smooth or rounded surface, such as the 'rose cut' (one of the most popular styles of mixed cut). The rose-cut is often used on black gemstones like black spinel, tourmaline or melanite. The buff-top cut is another popular mixed cut which is basically the opposite of a rose cut. Buff-top gemstones feature a smooth (typically domed) upper half and a faceted bottom half. The strategically-placed facets allow light to reflect from the pavilion in very interesting ways. This style of cutting is typically reserved for transparent or translucent materials.
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