|Job Title||Gem Cutter|
A gem cutter is the profession of a dwarf whose highest skill is in gem cutting. Performed at a jeweler's workshop, gem cutting is the basis of the gem industry, turning mildly valuable gem clusters you find as you mine away rock into valuable decorations for furniture and trade goods. It is the counterpart to gem setting; together, the two belong to the category profession of the Jeweler, and indeed if a dwarf has relatively balanced skill level in both, he will be known as a Jeweler. More often then not, migrants who are skilled in gem cutting will also be similarly skilled in gem setting.
Large amounts of mining are bound to produce dozens of rough gems, so gem cutting is a method of developing wealth quickly, especially for new players. Cutting and encrusting with a gem more than triples the value of the rough gem, which is then multiplied by a quality modifier based on the gem setter's skill. A masterwork gem decoration is worth 40x the value of the original rough gem.
Cutting a gem can result in a cut gem, a large gem, or a gem craft. Cut gems are the most likely, and are used by a gem setter in creating gem windows and encrusting other objects. Large gems and gem crafts are only created occasionally, and are currently only useful for trade. The skill level of a gem cutter affects the production speed, and the quantity and quality of large gems and gem crafts that are produced. Because large gems and gem crafts cannot be used for encrusting furniture, creating gem windows, or fulfilling strange mood requests, it is actually best to have a novice gem cutter process your most valuable gemstones (unless your goal is a valuable trade trinket).
Gem cutters can cut not only gems proper but regular stone, glass and clay as well. Although cut stone is next to worthless, it still provides experience points, and can be used to keep a jeweler busy while you mine out a fresh batch of gems. It is also the only way to decorate with stone.