Lapidary Secrets: How To Cut And Polish Gems Like An Artist, Guide For Beginners: How To Become A Lapidary (Paperback)
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Gem cutting, or lapidary, most certainly got its start as an offshoot of mundane everyday activities. A stone may have fallen into a fire where the heat caused it to break or flake. Perhaps a sharp edge resulted. Certainly, flint and other hard stone possess sharp edges, but a blade-like cutting edge on a newly flaked piece of rock suggested some very interesting possibilities. Hobbyists enjoyed cutting and polishing gemstones and mounting them in prefabricated jewelry settings or in the metalwork of their own creation (silversmithing). Primarily, lapidary hobbyists enjoyed creating three types of stonework: cabochons, faceting, tumbling stones.
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 book will show you how to do lapidary with techniques and easy patterns to follow. You will find it interesting to make jewelry for yourself or even sell it as a souvenir.
Buy this book now and you will be amazed by its elegance and nobleness.