A lapidarist? What is that?
If you ask Wikipedia, it would be this:
Simply put, a lapidarists' know-how and experience allows them to cut stones to look really, really pretty. Yes, very simplified, but there's a lot of expertise and precision-skill that goes into carving the tiniest gemstone to shine at it's brightest.
Our lapidarist, Vanna, and his apprentice take rough (that is, in it's natural state) gemstones which they then cut and polish by slow, precise, progressive abrasion using finer and finer grits of harder materials, such as hard metals or diamond. Interestingly, as the hardest naturally occurring substance, diamonds are commonly used to cut and polish a wide variety of gemstones, including the diamond itself.
Words by Jane Heng; editor Joanne Pugh