Lesson 2: Lapidary Fundamentals: Cutting Rough Stones

Step 1: Introduction to Gemology

Lesson 13

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 might be able to drop them off a precipice and retrieve the pieces at the bottom. This method has two disadvantages. First, cliffs are rarely conveniently located. Second, it’s extremely wasteful.

Lacking a handy cliff, you’ll have to resort to mechanical methods for cutting rough stones.

Cutting Rough Stones: The Rock Hammer

The quickest way to reduce a large rock to smaller pieces is with a rock hammer. As obvious as this sounds, many people slave over their saws when a few quick blows from a rock hammer would do the job. Although hammering rough doesn’t allow precise control over the size pieces you get, it’s much more accurate than …

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