I've been learning how to cut gemstones for several months. It has always been an ambition of mine since a teen to learn how to facet. The first stone took ages to cut ( 19 CT citrine ). I didn't have a clue what I was doing for several weeks, but now after several months it's full steam ahead. Onto the second stone, which is nearly finished a light lemon citrine. It's a earlier photo I took after demonstrating faceting at a local show recently. Both gems are stones that I have found. The first stone took about 5-6 weeks to cut during 4 hour sessions on Saturdays, so I reckon there was 24 -28 hours work. As with the second stone so far about 10 hours work and another 2-3 hours to finish the polishing of the crown.