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.
Well, 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.
Normal working sessions may resume 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 are beginning again this month (June) as we work to clear the backlog of those who signed up last year.
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:
Changes to lapidary Course Dates
Those wishing to apply for training should register their interest with us so that future dates can be allocated – Please bear with us.
We are looking at ways to improve on the course waiting times and we hope to open up some spaces throughout the year – If you are keen to attend the course then please let us know on our contact page and we will make every effort to accommodate you.
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.
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.
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.