What is a Cabochon or Cab?

Gemstone Cabochons aka Cabs
Gemstone Cabochons aka Cabs. Tammy Powley

A cabochon, often referred to as a cab for short, is a certain cut of stone that is very popular in numerous jewelry designs, especially those that include gemstones. A cab can be made from just about any kind of stone as well as ceramic, porcelain, or even wood. The materials don't matter. The defining elements of a cabochon have more to do with the shape of the component: it is flat on one side and domed or rounded on the other side.

Cabs can come in all kinds of geometric and asymmetrical shapes, but the most important part is the flat side of a cab because that is where it will usually be secured with wire, metal, or even beads.

See these projects for various uses of cabochons in jewelry designing: How to Cut a Stone Cabochon; How to Bead Around a Cabochon; How to Wire Wrap a Cabochon; and Metal Bezel Box Ring.

Pronunciation: Cab-O-Shawn

Also Known As: ​Cab

Common Misspellings: Cabachon

Examples: His cabochon ring was gorgeous.