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.

Coronavirus Update:


Well, more than a year has passed and we are very pleased to announce that our club is now open again for normal working sessions – albeit with a few caveats.

All Normal working sessions have resumed but there are some protocols in place for those wishing to attend. Firstly, all members attending must observe social distancing meaures whilst on the club premises. Hands must be sanitised upon entering the club. There is hand sanitiser and paper towels at the entrance and throughout the building for this purpose.

Anyone instructed to self-isolate or with any coronavirus symptoms should not attend.

Please bring your own drinks and snacks as the kitchen area is closed until further notice.

The Coronavirus situation is not yet resolved but it appears that we are getting there, with some care and discipline we will hopefully be back to normal in the near future.

Training courses have resumed and we are currently clearing our backlog of applicants. We intend to start our usual Quarterly courses at the start of 2022.

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

Changes to lapidary Course Dates

Those wishing to apply for training should register their interest with us to ensure a place.

Quarterly courses will resume for 2022 – Courses are limited to 6 people.

More 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.