How can I cut gemstones in half without a lapidary saw?

By | February 13, 2017

I'm looking for ideas on how to cut small raw gemstones (1" or less in diameter) in half without damaging the crystals and preferably without spending hundreds on a lapidary saw. I've been told tile saws and dremels aren't appropriate for this application. I've also been told the stone and blade must stay wet through the process.

Has anyone done this at home or have any ideas?