The master Lapidarist; what?

by Jane Heng | March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

A lapidarist? What is that?

If you ask Wikipedia, it would be this: 

  1. lapidary (lapidarist, Latin: lapidarius) is an artist or artisan who forms stone, minerals, or gemstones into decorative items such as cabochons, engraved gems, including cameos, and faceted designs. The primary techniques employed are cutting, grinding, and polishing. 

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. 

Precise angles of cuts have the potential to bring out the most optical properties of a gemstone; that is, the best colour, transparency and luster. It really takes a master lapidarist like Mr. Vanna to cut and polish the tiniest gemstones for us, to create the most perfect Double Gem Flip ring or Gemstone Step Ring! 


Words by Jane Heng; editor Joanne Pugh

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