Learn Lapidary on our Basic Lapidary Course

Interested in learning the traditional craft of lapidary?

The Scottish Mineral & lapidary Club now offer a BASIC LAPIDARY COURSE which aims to instruct participants in the basic skills of lapidary.

Completion of the course also includes 3 months membership of the club so you can hone the skills you have learned.

Continuation of membership is entirely optional after the three month period but this is the normal route to full membership.

SM&LC Basic Lapidary Course

The course consists of full instruction in the use of the Club lapidary equipment and the practical working, to completion, of 2 – 3 stones.

The course runs over 3 days and comprises one evening and 2 day sessions at the weekend.

  • Day 1 – Evening session Introduction to the workshop including its equipment and safety features. Applicants will cut and polish a simple flat stone.
  • Day 2 – Day session Introduction to more advanced techniques including shaping, grinding and dopping. With assistance, applicants will cut and shape a cabochon stone to a high finish.
  • Day 3  – Day Session Apprentice piece. Applicants will cut, shape and polish a second cabochon stone, with minimal assistance.

Trainers are on hand at all times to instruct, oversee and answer questions. All necessesary materials, overalls and equipment are supplied.

Lapidary Course Application Form:

Scottish Mineral & Lapidary Club – BASIC LAPIDARY COURSE – Application Form

Click the link above to download the form then fill it out and send it to us at the address below: (places on each course intake are limited so please contact us first to make sure there are spaces) Please include the applicable course fee, as a cheque, with your application. If you wish to pay by another method then please contact us.

Basic lapidary Course Instruction Dates

Instruction times and dates for 2019.

New Member and Lapidary Course Instruction takes place at 4 times throughout the year.
The lapidary Course is our normal route to membership. It allows potential members a chance to get to know the craft, the equipment, the club and its members.

Safe and confident working is essential and the course is aimed to allow newcomers to do just that.

Winter: *Class Fully Booked*

Thursday 10th January 2019 – 7pm – 10pm
Saturday 12th January 2019 – 10am – 4pm
Sunday 13th January 2019 – 10am – 4pm

Spring: *Class Fully Booked*

Thursday 4th April 2019 – 7pm – 10pm
Saturday 6th April 2019 – 10am – 4pm
Sunday 7th April 2019 – 10am – 4pm


Thursday 4th July 2019 – 7pm – 10pm
Saturday 6th July 2019 – 10am – 4pm
Sunday 7th July 2019 – 10am – 4pm


Thursday 3th October 2019 – 7pm – 10pm
Saturday 5th October 2019 – 10am – 4pm
Sunday 6th October 2019 – 10am – 4pm

Cost of course:

£120 (Adults 16+ yrs)
£45 (Junior 10 – 15 yrs)

Scottish Mineral & Lapidary Club – BASIC LAPIDARY COURSE – Application Form

(Fee includes tuition and 3 months temporary membership of the club and its facilities)

Full Membership of the club is optional, but can be applied for once the course and 3 month temporary membership period have been completed.

The Scottish Mineral and Lapidary Club
20 Maritime Lane,