Des Moines, ia, United States
I am the Shop Supervisor of the Des Moines Lapidary Society. Besides cutting my own stones, I teach beginners how to use the equipment to cut and polish stones. I help them with what to look for when choosing rocks for cutting, and stones for polishing. I also teach silver smithing so that they can put their stones into a setting.
Skills and Techniques
I have use of the equipment in the Des Moines Lapidary Society to take the stones from large chunks of rock, cut the slab, then cut out the shapes of the semi-precious stones and then file (Grind) the stones, polish them and determine if I see a jewelry piece or put them aside for later. Once I determine what type of jewelry the stones will make, I turn to the silver smithing to finish the piece.