I've been a fan of rock-hunting since I was a little girl, when I could find quartz, mica, and pyrite just about anywhere. Now there are some interesting mineral specimens and pieces of lapidary rough in my rock and gem collection, and learning to be a lapidary (rock cutting or gem cutting) is on my things-to-learn-to-do list. So I got really excited when I found out about Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist's new free lapidary eBook, The Complete Lapidary Experience: Hunt, Cut, and Set Gems.
It's all about rock hunting, how to find and evaluate lapidary stones, rock cutting, and polishing with various lapidary supplies and tools. There's even a step-by-step lesson on using gem-cutting tools and lapidary equipment such as a lapidary grinder and trim saw. It's a great way to see the complete life story of a gemstone, from a lapidary rock in the ground to a jewelry artist's creation in your jewelry box.
In The Complete Lapidary Experience: Hunt, Cut, and Set Gems
, you'll follow lapidary rocks (moonstone, in this case) along their complete adventure from lapidary rough in the ground through the gem cutting and polishing process to the end result of the lapidary journey: a stunning jewelry artist's scenic silver jewelry.
The Lapidary Experience: Part 1, Rock Hunting for Lapidary Rough
First you'll go along with collector Jim Landon and his friend Buzz Jones on a rock-hunting field trip, looking for rough gem Montana moonstone. Learn how to seek, find, and evaluate the quality of lapidary stones as Jim and Buzz locate, dig up, and examine lapidary rough moonstones.
The Lapidary Experience: Part 2, Lapidary Rough to Finished Cabochon
Then you'll get to join Jim in the rock-cutting and -polishing workshop of his friend and lapidary Mike Hahn, who shares how to select lapidary rough and how to orient it for gem cutting in order to get the best results--in this case, how to achieve the best blue flash (adularescence, a phenomenon prized in moonstone). Jim and Mike share how to use lapidary equipment and supplies to transform the lapidary rough into finished gem cabochons.
Mike walks you through the cabbing process, including proper use of lapidary equipment such as a lapidary grinder, trim saw, and other gem-cutting tools. You'll learn the seven steps for orienting moonstone rough in order to bring out its best potential as a cut and polished gem, taking the lapidary rough successfully from stones through the gem-cutting process to finished polished cabochon moonstones.
The Lapidary Experience: Part 3, Setting Lapidary Stones
Once you've put the lapidary rough through the process of rock cutting and polishing and have achieved cabochons, jewelry artist Noël Yovovich shares how to create a beautiful moonstone and silver jewelry piece, Moonlit Landscape Pin/Pendant. Don't you love a piece of jewelry that can be worn as two? In addition to sharing how to create the scenic piece of jewelry, she shares tips on how to back a cut and polished moonstone to achieve the best adularescence and color.
The editors and contributors of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist include folks who are experts in all things lapidary, including some who specialize in lapidary skills such as rock cutting and polishing, so there's no better source of lapidary-related information. Download our free lapidary eBook, The Complete Lapidary Experience: Hunt, Cut, and Set Gems and take advantage of their knowledge on lapidary equipment and supplies, rock hunting and evaluating lapidary rough, using a lapidary grinder, trim saw, and other gem-cutting tools to complete your rock-cutting tasks, how to set lapidary stones after you've cut and polished them, and more.