Welcome to the Scottish Mineral & Lapidary Club

The Scottish Mineral & lapidary club offers excellent workshop facilities for cutting and polishing stones, faceting and silverwork, all in its new premises at Maritime Lane in Leith, Edinburgh.

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 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.

New Lapidary Course dates for 2018

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.

Diary dates for Winter 2018 / Spring 2018


We have 2 field trips planned for April and May.
The first is on the 22nd April and will be visiting Norrth Fife – Wellies required.

The second is the first time in many years that we plan a full weekend in the Montrose area.
Ideally travelling up on the Friday so that a full 2 days visiting some of the many localities in the area.
Perhaps we’ll even stumble upon the famous ‘Blue Hole’ – You never know!


21st April we will be open for normal working on Saturday.
From then we will contiue with the fortnightly opening schedule for the summer.

Please check here or on the club calendar for extra dates if we can arrange them.


The Next Club Talk – Our annual ‘ Heddle Night’ in honour of Matthew Forster Heddle – The great Scottish Mineralogist will be on Thursday 26th April at 7.30pm –  Event Details Click Here


Our next Basic lapidary Course will take place on Thursday 5th July 2018 at 7pm – 10pm,  Sat 7th July 10am – 4pm and Sun 8th Julyl from 10am – 4pm.

More details on how to apply can be found here: Lapidary Courses

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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