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.

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 and equipment are supplied.

Check the dates below for all up-coming training courses.

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 the please contact us.

Basic lapidary Course Instruction Dates

Instruction times and dates for 2017.

New Member and Lapidary Course Instruction will take place at 4 times throughout the year.


Thursday 12th January 2017 – 7pm – 10pm
Saturday 14th January 2017 – 10am – 4pm
Sunday 15th January 2017 – 10am – 4pm


Thursday 6th April 2017 – 7pm – 10pm
Saturday 8th April 2017 – 10am – 4pm
Sunday 9th April 2017 – 10am – 4pm


Thursday 6th July 2017 – 7pm – 10pm
Saturday 8th July 2017 – 10am – 4pm
Sunday 9th July 2017 – 10am – 4pm


Thursday 5th October 2017 – 7pm – 10pm
Saturday 7th October 2017 – 10am – 4pm
Sunday 8th October 2017 – 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 period have been completed.

The Scottish Mineral and Lapidary Club
20 Maritime Lane,