Pricing (Updated August 2019)

Thank you for your pursuit for Sutra Gems light performance cuts.

This is the pricing structure and terms for my cutting service.


USD 450 per finished stone up to 5 carats, and additional USD 36 per carat thereafter.
For example, a stone finishing at 5.5 carats will be 450 + (5.5 - 5) * 36 = 468 USD.
A stone finishing at 0.8 carats will be 450 USD.
A 15ct finished stone will be 450 + 10 * 36 = 810 USD.

For members of the trade with a registered business with proof, the price is USD 350 per finished stone up to 5 carats, and additional USD 36 per carat thereafter.

Stones larger than 20ct will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, please get in touch.

For very high value stones that require special planning and handling, a different pricing model or additional cost on a case-by-case basis will be charged. Please get in touch.

This applies to cutting from rough or recuts.

If trimming is required for rough (e.g. to cut 2 or more gems from a single piece of rough), then a trimming cost of USD 30 will be charged per piece of rough.

If 2 or more gems are cut from one piece of rough, each cut gem will be charged individually based on the rate above.

The client is encouraged to provide the material. Material must be natural and not man-made. I do not carry stock and only search on demand, from trusted sources and during trade shows.

Payment Terms

All shipping, insurance fees, applicable taxes, service fees and bank charges will be borne by the client.

When the recut is complete and upon the settlement of the balance of cutting fees, shipping and miscellaneous costs, the finished gem will be shipped using the client's preferred shipping method, with insurance as an option.


Registered airmail and tracked services like FedEx/UPS/DHL are available.

For FedEx, the 2017 rate shipping from Singapore is published here. Note that this does not include the various surcharges.

Material Types

The types of material accepted are: Garnet, Spinel, Corundum and Zircon.
This is based on the Refractive Index requirement of 1.72 and above and represent the types I have focused my work on.

For highly birefringent material like Zircon, they will be (RE)cut down the C-axis so that there is no double image facing up for the purpose of light performance.

Cutting Style

All (re)cuts will be performed in Rounds, Squares, Rectangles, Ovals, trilliants or Cushions. Rounds are optically ideal for light performance cuts. The style of cut (brilliant, portuguese, step or radiant) will be at the cutter's discretion based on the material and the client's preference. For ovals and cushions, the maximum aspect ratio (length / width) will be 1.2 for the purpose of light performance.


When starting from a good shaped piece, typical weight loss from recuts is in the range of 15-30%. Occasionally, the loss can be as low as 5%.

For recuts, depending on the overall symmetry, placement and angles of the original facets, some of these facets may be left behind for the sake of yield as cutting away all original facets will often mean greater wastage than necessary for light performance. If some original facets are left behind, they will often be at locations that do not impact light performance or face up appearance.


Before the cutting process begins, options and yield estimates will be discussed with the client. During the cutting process, photos and videos will be provided as part of the experience of receiving a custom cut gem.

Disclaimer and Rights

Rights to decline client-provided material is reserved. Typical reasons include, but not limited to:
- Structural stability due to inclusions and/or external damage
- Too much weight loss due to poor original shape or orientation
- Too much colour loss due to existence and location of colour zones
- Material that is too dark and/or too included
- Received material deviates too much from client's description
- any form of treatment (untreated material is preferred with the exception of heated blue zircons)

Utmost care will be taken during the handling and cutting process. However, due to the often unpredictable nature of crystals, and existing or non-visible inclusions, unintended damage or breakage can sometimes occur, though such incidences are exceedingly rare and has yet to happen. The client understands such risks and agrees to indemnify the cutter against all losses. In the event that damage/breakage occurs, the cutting fee will be waived.

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