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Facet (French – facette) in French means “outer edge”, “face”. The glass with specially treated contour is called faceted glass. The outer edge of glass sheet is cut at an angle of 45 degrees with further polishing of this angle. After the cut is polished with diamond tools, its surface becomes as smooth as the rest of the glass sheet but with a different angle. As a result, this hardly noticeable subtle detail creates special elegant play of refracted light. Thicker glass sheet may have the double-sided facet that doubles the light effect.
The technology appeared in France in XIII century and was first used to mirror cutting. In modernist architecture, where minimalism and restrained elegant ensembles are above all, this glass cutting technique received its well-aimed use to emphasize the simplicity of straight lines through cutting of glass elements at entrance doors. Faceted glass at Uzhhorod modernist objects may be seen at practically all the governmental and some residential buildings.