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Cutting Edge Awards 2014 Winners Announced

Winners have been named in the 2014 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition hosted by the American Gem Trade Association. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the competition.The competition was judged October 19-20 in New York, NY. Judges for the 201...
by Tucson Gem Show - Live! on Oct 23, 2013

Lapidary is …

Lapidary A lapidary is an artist or artisan who forms stone, mineral, gemstones into decorative items such as engraved gems, including cameos, or cabochons, and faceted designs, or who is an expert in precious stones; and can be a collector … C...
by What is this ? on Jul 21, 2013

Dom Pedro Aquamarine Unveiled at Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History!

Photo Credit: Jim DiLoretoPictured Left to Right: Donor Jeff Bland, Curator Jeffrey Post, Sant Director Kirk Johnson,and Donor Jane M. Mitchell unveil the Dom Pedro Aquamarine. The largest cut-gem aquamarine in the world, the Dom Pedro is n...
by The Daily Jewel on Dec 7, 2012

Weekend Vendor Spotlight - Wolfe Lapidary!

We have grown accustomed to seeing Tom Wolfe Minerals & Petrified Wood at most of the major Gem & Mineral Shows. Cases of SPECIAL & RARE GOODS at the 2012 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show!....but do you know about their latest...
by Tucson Gem Show - Live! on Oct 6, 2012

Vendor Spotlight: Joe Jelks of Horizon Mineral Custom Lapidary

I will be posting a Vendor Spotlight every Wednesday. In the spirit of #WordlessWednesday - it will include only the basics - Caption and Contact Information...Enjoy!Joe Jelks of Horizon Mineral Custom LapidaryProbably the hottest find in Tucson...
by Tucson Gem Show - Live! on Jun 13, 2012

Cabbing Ice - Working With Bull "Snow" Quartz - The Polished Pebble

The Ranch in Wyoming looking out over the meadow. Yes, it is winter. And no matter what the enviro - nut jobs say....there has been plenty of cold & snowy weather. But, we here in Bakersfield, CA have been snow free - stuck under a blanket of fo...
by The Polished Pebble on Jan 20, 2011

New Years Rumblings with The Polished Pebble

Ever notice that when you are doing lots of things & have tons more that you should be doing & even more that you need or want to do...and suddenly life makes you stop? No warning, no advance notice...just stop? Well, that explains the last c...
by The Polished Pebble on Jan 13, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy.....As The Slab Saw Cuts with The Polished Pebble

Mystery Agate Mystery Stone Wyoming Geode The slab saw has been humming all day....something about an unusually cool day that makes hauling rock up to the saw not as big a chore. It has been blissfull these past 4 days & we have gotten...
by The Polished Pebble on Aug 31, 2010

Working with Horse Canyon Agate - The Polished Pebble

We have been pulling out some awesome pieces of Horse Canyon Agate from the pile here lately. It seems that it was time to work a few. For those that don't know this stone, you are missing out. Found in the mountains just east of Tehachapi...
by The Polished Pebble on Aug 26, 2010

Back Into The Blog - Gemstone Cabochons And More With The Polished Pebble

We are making an effort to keep up with all the different facets of this "social networking" aspect of our business. And sadly, our blog has been lacking....so from here on out we have a "NEW" commitment to start posting interesting info daily.
by The Polished Pebble on Aug 25, 2010

Wind Polished Agates & Other Natural Stones.........The Polished Pebble

As a lapidary - one who cuts, grinds, shapes & polishes gemstones - I have also continued to collect & use "Natural Finish" stones in my personal projects. Heck, I even drag home rocks that I never intend to cut. They are just Prett...
by The Polished Pebble on Nov 5, 2009

Wyoming Jaspers, Agates, Opal & Geodes,OH MY!.........The Polished Pebble

Well, we have been home for a while. And some of the "Must Due Before Winter" jobs have been crossed off the  list. In between everything we managed to get alittle cutting done. And alittle closer evaluation of just what pretties...
by The Polished Pebble on Nov 3, 2009

Missing In Action........The Polished Pebble

It has been a long - but short month & a half since our last post. It can be funny how life takes it's twists & turns. Some you can see coming & even plan for them. Others, you just buckle down & hold on. This last 6 weeks has been a...
by The Polished Pebble on Nov 2, 2009

Hey, what is that stone??????? The Polished Pebble

OK, so we have touched on the importance of knowing the actual name of the Gemstone material your are working with. And if you are a lapidary, letting your customers know so that they can pass that info on to their customers. And at times that can b...
by The Polished Pebble on Sep 16, 2009


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