Lapidary Fundamentals: Cutting Rough Stones
Step 1: Introduction to Gemology Lesson 13 Back to syllabus Making Smaller Pieces In all fields of lapidary, you’ll need to take large pieces of stone and turn them into useful, smaller sized pieces. If you’re in the field, you…
Lapidary Fundamentals: Gemstone Tumbling
Step 1: Introduction to Gemology Lesson 14 Back to syllabus The simplest (and least expensive) lapidary art form to learn is gemstone polishing. The only equipment you need is a tumbler and abrasives, often sold in kits, and…
Lapidary Fundamentals: Cabochon Cutting
The fundamentals of lapidary are easy to learn. It is a hobby that is enjoyed by many people of all ages and circumstances. Fundamentals of Lapidary, Part4.
Lapidary Fundamentals: Gemstone Faceting
Step 1: Introduction to Gemology Lesson 16 Back to syllabus Gemstone faceting is a marvelous amalgam of engineering and art. Through a mechanical process of cutting surfaces on a piece of crystal, beautiful gems are created. To…
Guide to Gem Cutting Terms
Lapidary is the art of working in stone. For some reason though, it is only applied to working with small gem materials and is not extended to large objects, like Michelangelo’s statues.
Glossary of Faceting Terms and Definitions Premium Content for Members Only
This compilation of faceting terms and definitions has been generously provided by International Gem Society (IGS) member Tom Mitchell. He is the author of Faceting 1, Learn The Fine Art of Gem Faceting, it’s Easy. Acetone A solvent that…
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