Tag Archives: lapidary

Large, faceted quartz

The cutting edge – transforming a stone into a gem

After gem material has been successfully mined, washed and sorted, the next stage is usually to cut, or facet, the rough stones. To understand this process, we follow the journey of a piece of quartz once it has been placed in the hands of a skilled gem cutter (also known as a lapidary). The job […]

The hidden gems of Elmhurst – a review of the Lizzadro Museum

There are many places around the world where one can see amazing collections of gemstones and jewellery. Major museums are often the proud owners of a wide range of minerals and fossils or beautiful items that have been worn by some of the most famous historical figures. However, alongside these world-renowned establishments, one can sometimes […]