Lapidary can refer either to the person who practices or to the practice of shaping harder pieces of the earth into more useful or decorative forms.
For example, in our workshop, our members have the tools and expertise to:
- Take a rock or small boulder, called rough
- Cut it into slices, called slabs
- Trim the slabs into rough cabochons
- Shape and polish a cabochon, often abbreviated as "cab"
- Create a silver setting for the cab with a bail--an attachment point
- Build a silver chain from wire
- Attach the mounted cab to the chain
- Wear the new necklace
Occasionally people take a big rock and make it into book-ends.
Whatever your creative bent or geologic background, there's something for you at the Des Moines Lapidary Society!