Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist presents: The Complete Lapidary Experience: Hunt, Cut, and Set Gems

A gemstone is the perfect medium for a jewelry artist to display color and light—not to mention what a fashion statement it can make. But good gemstones do not grow on trees. Most of them start out as minerals that have to be located, carefully dug out of the ground, hauled home, examined for potential as lapidary rough, oriented correctly, and cut by an expert lapidary. And if you want your gem conveniently on your hand or around your neck, then that stone also needs the talent and deft touch of an expert jewelry artist. In this terrific eBook, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Presents: The Complete Lapidary Experience: Hunt, Cut, and Set Gems, you’ll go along for the whole ride.

So get ready to enjoy the full life story of a gemstone from rough lapidary rocks to gem cutting tools to gleaming cabochon to finished jewelry as you learn to do it yourself in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Presents: The Complete Lapidary Experience: Hunt, Cut, and Set Gems. From start to finish, this is a trip you won’t want to miss! Download your free eBook today!

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Choose various backings for finished lapidary stones.

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Start by walking alongside collector Jim Landon on a rock hunting field trip as he looks for gem rough in “Montana Moonstone.”  Next, you’ll follow Jim to the rock cutting and polishing workshop of his friend Mike Hahn, who explains how to select, orient, and cut the rough to get the best blue flash, the effect for which moonstone is known. Then, using the right lapidary equipment and lapidary supplies, he walks you through the cabbing process to produce three cut and polished moonstone cabochons.

Finally, check in with gem lover and jewelry artist Noël Yovovich to design a piece of scenic moonstone and silver jewelry in “Moonlit Landscape Pin/Pendant.” In addition to showing you how to construct this piece, Noel also provides helpful tips on how best to back this exceptional stone to bring out its special glow even more. Download your free eBook to begin your own lapidary experience!


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By definition, a gemstone is a stone that is beautiful, rare, and durable. For a lapidary jewelry artist, finding the perfect lapidary rough and figuring out the best rock cutting and polishing process is a whole adventure. The experts at Jewelry Making Daily are excited to introduce this free eBook, dedicated to the amazing lapidary experience, from hunting to cutting and setting gems.

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Follow the story of the moonstone from finding lapidary rough to finished cab.

The Lapidary Experience: Part 1, the Hunt for Lapidary Rough

Searching for lapidary rough moonstones.

Obtaining Rough Lapidary Rocks: The Hunt for Moonstone

The floating cloud that dances across a finished moonstone makes for a lovely and intriguing sight. In the start to this lapidary journey, you will learn about moonstone and the process for collecting quality lapidary stones. On a family claim in southwest Montana, Jim Landon and acquaintance Buzz Jones set out on a rock hunting expedition to locate, dig out, and examine potential lapidary rough moonstones. Follow their journey from searching for the blue flash among the ancient metamorphic rocks to extracting the stones in the first section of this free eBook.


The Lapidary Experience: Part 2, Lapidary Rough to Finished Cabochon

Mark your lapidary rough for cutting on a lapidary trim saw.

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Rock Cutting and Polishing, Step #2

Join Jim Landon and his lapidary friend Mike Hahn for the next step in the process: using lapidary equipment and lapidary supplies to transform moonstone lapidary rough into finished cabochons. The first step in cutting moonstone is to orient the selected lapidary rough so the color is centered in the stone. Orienting the rough lapidary stones correctly ensures that you maximize both the color and the potential size of the finished cab after it is cut on the lapidary trim saw and cabbing equipment. Mike Hahn follows a straightforward 7-step process for finding and marking the moonstone for optimal cutting.

Use your lapidary grinder to create a flat spot.

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Rock Cutting and Polishing, Step #5

A flat spot is ground on the lapidary stone parallel to the first cut. If you are using a typical slab, this step can be skipped, but in the case of this specimen, the color on the cut side was more intense than that of the rough side.

Lapidary grinding and final polishing complete the cab.

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Rock Cutting and Polishing, Step #9

Grinding proceeds through the standard wheel sequence with a lapidary grinder, with frequent checks with the template to ensure the proper shape is being obtained. Then follow Mike's instructions for the final polish and for carefully separating the finished cabochon from the dop stick without causing the stone to crack.


The Lapidary Experience: Part 3, Setting Lapidary Stones

Lapidary Stones necklace design.

A Moonstone and Mixed Metal Pin/Pendant Project

Moonstone has a very magical, mystical quality that attracts many jewelry and lapidary artists. It was only natural for jewelry artist Noël Yovovich to select the subtle glow of moonstone to draw the eye into the nighttime landscape of her "Moonlit Landscape Pin/Pendant" design. Follow her detailed instructions for each of the three layers to create your own wonderfully unique pendant or pin that shows off the true beauty of this unique stone.

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Now is your chance to learn the entire process of hunting, cutting, and setting moonstones! With informative tips and step by step instructions, this free eBook will help you develop and expand your lapidary skills.

The lapidary experience is so much more than a set of gem cutting tools. It starts at the very beginning, with the hunt for lapidary rocks, and ends when the gemstones are set in beautiful, unique pieces of jewelry. This free lapidary journal eBook will take you along to experience the entire adventure. Download your copy today!

Follow along the entire process, from hunting lapidary rough, to rock cutting and polishing, to setting cabs.

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Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist presents:
The Complete Lapidary Experience: Hunt, Cut, and Set Gems

Experience the complete lapidary journey of a jewelry artist, from hunting for lapidary rocks to selecting your lapidary equipment and lapidary supplies, to figuring out the best rock cutting and polishing techniques, to setting your gemstone in your jewelry piece. Don’t waste another minute! Download this free eBook from the jewelry and lapidary experts at Jewelry Making Daily and Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, and embark on a new lapidary hunt, cut, and set experience!

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