ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Beginning and Advanced Lapidary

Updated on June 16, 2016

Rock Saw

Rock saws are made to cut rocks. They use a blade that is dipped in oil and diamond dust. Diamonds are the hardest and they can cut any other rock there is.

Hobby Lobby used to carry a small rock drill with diamond bits for drilling holes in small rocks. It was interesting. You put the rock inside. You pushed the drill down and the drill bit pushed its way through the rock and made a hole.

I did not purchase the rock driller, but purchased a bunch of the drill bits. I felt that eventually I would be getting into drilling holes into rocks. I haven't done it yet, but am very, very close to starting to do so.

Lapidary Work Stations

It's very inspiring to google Lapidary work stations and even more inspiring to click on images once you are getting more and more involved in the art.

It is an art, isn't it? I know that when I was a child, we had a rock tumbler. I actually purchased one on a garage sale recently and it is setting on a table in my garage waiting for me to put some rocks and polishing sand and perhaps water inside. It's fairly simply. The sand and water keep rubbing on the rock and the rock becomes polished and smooth.


Agates are my favorite cut and polished stone. They are interesting with their bands and discolorations. Sometimes you even see fossils in the agates. Petrified wood is also very interesting. Isn't amber some sort of fossilized pitch from an ancient pine tree?

I'm assuming that agates were a sedimentary rock or like a petrified wood perhaps?


Thompsonites were my mother's favorite rock when I was a child. We lived near the shores of Lake Superior on the North Shore Drive and would wander for hours picking up various rocks that had gotten polished by the tumbling action of the lake.

Driftwood was something else that was everywhere. Wood roots polish up very nicely in this lake and people use the driftwood for crafts.

The thompsonites were an odd looking rock that looked like a cone shaped eyeball. I have many that I found when I was a child. Nice thing is, they've declared them a gemstone, so I suppose at some point I should sell them to someone.


Slab Saws

So how does a slab saw work? Is it like a chop saw, except enclosed in a box so the rock chips won't fly up and put out an eye while you work?

Expert Advice

You need to wear eye protection, goggles and gloves. The rock saw needs to be submerged partially in water. Make sure the water level doesn't fall too low. Do not get the water in your eyes. Rock dust is sharp.

After watching a few videos on YouTube, I find it hard to believe there aren't action videos of people getting their fingers cut off. I almost couldn't watch. There needs to be a safer approach. I suppose that years of cutting rock leads to over confidence.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting process analysis.

    • profile image

      Linda Robinson 

      2 years ago

      Wow Char and good morning. What an absolutely fascinating hub, you covered so much interesting content with such exceptional detailed and informative information. Any person intrigued with this topic, reading this hub can without a doubt get started and learn so much about lapidary. Truly an awesome hub. Linda :)

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      2 years ago from Minnesota

      Diamonds, formed in volcanic situations? I'm sure that you, as a geologist, have seen many varieties of rock formations. My husband, although not a geologist, but a mining engineer concentrates on crushing quartzite for use in roadways. Their company concentrates on aggregates found all over the world. Minnesota has a large concentration of sedimentary quarries and gravel Thank you for your comment!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)