Welcome to the Scottish Mineral & Lapidary Club

The Scottish Mineral & Lapidary Club has been running since 1958 and centres around our own workshop, dedicated to the crafts of Lapidary, Faceting and Silversmithing.

The Club has revived and fostered one of the traditional crafts of Scotland as well as providing a workshop and meeting place, such as was once an integral part of life in the Edinburgh closes. As the name suggests the Club is not solely a mineral or lapidary club but an amalgamation of a majority of sciences and crafts associated with rocks.

During the 19th Century Edinburgh was a thriving centre of the lapidary and jewellery trades, turning out high quality ‘pebble jewellery’ from a ready supply of ‘Scotch pebbles’ or agates and Cairngorm stones. The First Lapidary Club in the UK, our aim is to carry on the Scottish lapidary tradition.



Our normal working sessions continue for 2024

All Normal working sessions are scheduled to continue for 2024
For more information click here.

We are also pleased to announce that there are no changes to membership fees for the coming year
Full Member – £216 (£18 per month)
Junior Member – £72 (£6 per month)
Associate Member – £20 per annum

Training Courses:
Training Courses for 2024 will continue as normal.

The course is run over a single weekend and numbers are restricted to 6 people per course.

All equipment, material and overalls / safety gear is provided.

We have also made some changes to the course in the hope that it will make it easier and safer for people to attend.

Full details can be found here:

Latest update

New lapidary Course Dates for 2025

Want to join our Lapidary Training Course?

New Dates announced for 2025
More info and details on how to apply can be found here: Lapidary Courses

If you would like to learn the traditional crafts of Lapidary and Silverwork or have an interest in Rocks and Minerals and would like to know more about membership click here or to enquire about our basic lapidary course click here.

About SMLC

Since 1958 The Club’s main object has been to encourage an interest in natural minerals and in the crafts and craftsmanship related to them.


Membership is open to all and includes a full course of instruction by our very experienced members. We offer Full, Junior and Associate membership.

Gallery of Work

Many different skills are practiced at the Club but the main work is carried out in 3 distinct areas: Lapidary, Faceting and Silverwork. See more of our members work.

Contact Us

We are always keen to hear from members of the public or visitors who would like to know more about what we do. We will always try to help or better direct your enquiry.