Lapidary is the art and craft of cutting, shaping and polishing rough stones or minerals, to turn them into beautiful creations that can be used as jewellery or ornaments.
In the beginning: During the 19th Century Edinburgh was a thriving centre of the lapidary and jewellers trades, turning out high quality 'Pebble Jewellery' from 'Scotch Pebbles' or Agates and Cairngorm stones. The last of these professional lapidarists, Alexander Begbie, passed on the know-how of the craft to Ron Bennett, who founded the Club in 1958: The FIRST LAPIDARY CLUB in the UK, which, 50 years on, continues the Edinburgh lapidary craft tradition.
If you have an interest in gemstones or minerals, the Scottish Mineral and Lapidary Club is the perfect place for you to learn the traditional Scottish crafts of lapidary and silverwork.
We offer Full, Associate and Junior memberships and all new members are given a course of instruction in the art of lapidary and the safe and proper use of the equipment when joining the Club.
Year Established: 1958
Club started in 1958.
Moved to current premises 2006.
Offering open, structured courses in lapidary craft 2010.
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