Cabochons - Beauty Beyond Facets
Cabochon is a gemstone which has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted. The resulting form is usually a convex (rounded) obverse with a flat reverse. The use of this method of cutting is usually applied to opaque gems, while faceting is usually applied to transparent stones.
Here are some stunning examples of some cabochons that beautifully illustrates why these stones benefit from polishing over faceting.