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Important Lapidary Terms
Lapidaries are those who polish and carve gems, stones, pearls, and other desirable materials for use – typically in jewelry. The following are some important terms relating to lapidaries and their craft.

Baguette: For a lapidary, a baguette is rectangular stone. A baguette is similar to a baton, but a baton is larger.

Bail: A bail is part of a pendant. The bail is where the cord or chain passes through the pendant.

Boule: Boules are man-made gems. These synthetic gems are molded from molten liquids. When the liquid cools, it crystalizes, leaving the artist with a beautiful, often teardrop-shaped gem. Precious – and expensive – stones, like rubies and sapphires, are often substituted with a high quality boule.

Cabochon: A cabochon is a stone or a gem that has been cut and polished so that it has a flattened bottom and a slightly domed top. They are usually circular or oval shaped. Cabochons are popularly set into pendants and other jewelry.

Cameo: A cameo is a pattern that is cut out of a stone. This pattern is raised, while its background is flat. Silhouettes are very popular designs used for cameos.

Enhanced: Enhanced gems have been specially treated to improve their appearance. There are many different treatments that are used to improve different qualities of gems. For example, cracks can be improved or repaired using oiling or the application of synthetic materials, and colors can be brightened or altered using irradiation or the application of heat.

Findings: Findings are the metal – or sometimes plastic – parts of jewelry that hold the piece together. Clasps and earring backs are two common findings.

Marquise cut: A marquise cut resembles a canoe. It is an oval with two pointed ends. A navette cut is similar in style.


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Nafco Gems LTD Write review for this local business
20789 N Pima Rd Ste 140, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 998-3393  
Sticks & Stones Rock Shop Write review for this local business
1408 W Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85120
(480) 380-9395  
Some lapidaries work on a contract basis for stores, while others work as part of a large lapidary company. Visit a certified lapidary to find out more information on gemstones, rough cuts, and one-of-a-kind facet designs. Keep your budget in mind before going in. Get an idea of what type of service you need, whether polish, engrave, or cut. Many lapidary websites let you view products, get quotes, inquire about custom made pieces, find jewelry stores in your area, and check out associations that regulate and certify gold and jewelry quality. Contact a few different lapidaries to get hours, locations, product selection, cutting and polishing services, supplies, tools, machines, equipment, and price ranges. Choose a company that works with the type of gem you need at a price you can afford, such as agate, opal, diamonds, crystal, amethyst, mineral, quartz, garnet, emerald, sapphire, and topaz. When choosing a lapidary, research the company's background carefully, noting how long the professional has been in business, affiliations or associations, and contact information. Visit with a few lapidaries to see which one can meet your needs, whether you need a certain type of gemstone cut or custom setting. Be sure to ask what tools, machines, supplies, and equipment the lapidary uses to carve slabs, such as saws, blades, and rock tumbler kits. Visit each lapidary to ensure professionalism and neat premises. Find out if the gemstone dealer is part of a local, national, or international entity. Are customer service members courteous, reflecting a positive business attitude? Does the professional offer the gem stone products you are interested in, such as semi-precious stones or rough rocks? Get prices on each service, taking note of the company's availability, hours, and quality of service before choosing the one for you.



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