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 Spring / Summer 2018


Our next Saturday opening will be on Saturday 21st July from 10am to 4pm.

The intention is to continue with fortnightly saturday openings from the 9th June. Finding duty members throughout the Summer  can be difficult  so please check the club calendar for confirmed dates.



Our Summer Basic lapidary Course is now Fully Booked.
The Next course will take place on:

Thursday 4th Oct 2018 from 7pm – 10pm
Sat 6th Oct from 10am – 4pm
Sun 7th Oct 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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