The word CABOCHON in the gem business is often used wrongly, to the point that some people miss the actual meaning of it especially here in Tanzania. If you are in the gem business make sure you use this word correctly. The word CABOCHON explains the cutting styles of a gemstone and not the quality of the gemstone as many think. You will find that some miners and even gem sellers use this word to define the quality of the gemstone.
In the Gem cutting, there are styles which are famous, we will take a look at few of them.
Is a gem cutting style with many sides well cut and polished.And the gemstone has to be transparent in order to be cut as a facet. E.g Tanzanite, Sapphire or Ruby
Cabochon is a smooth rounded polished gem has a domed top with a flat or curved base
The essence of cut a gemstone in a cabochon style
This is another style of gem cutting, where as a gemstone is cut to design a desired figure or shape. e.g. map figure, car figure, animal figure etc. -The good example is ruby zoisite.
I hope you have understood the meaning of “CABOCHON”word. Let me remind you once again, it is a cutting style and not the quality of the gemstone.