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Encompasses cutting, shaping, and polishing rocks into cabochons and free form shapes. Can also include carving of softer stones and tumbling.

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Trachyte Cabochon


Kambamba and Mookaite

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Dopped stones in progress



The process you will undertake for cutting and shaping includes the following steps:

  • Learn to use the saws to cut stone

  • Manage the use of the grinding and polishing machines

  • Your first Cabochon will be made from Trachyte which is a locally sourced stone

  • Your piece will be pre-prepared for you but may require shaping using a saw

  • Doping your stone on a wooden handle with wax allows you to work the stone more easily

  • Using hard wheels with a rough grit 100 – 180 you will grind away the surplus stone to obtain the shape that has been marked on your rough stone piece.

  • You then move onto higher grit wheels in sequence to continue pre polishing the stone until a lovely shape and a high polish is achieved.


Your first cabochon will be completed with the support of an experienced lapidary club experience lapidary.


You can then bring your own rocks to work on or purchase rocks for a small fee at the club.

Local gem shows are a good place to source rough stones to work on.


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