Port Orchard, WA, United States
Agates & Jasper mined, cut, shaped, polished and drilled by two sisters whose love of nature became a lapidary business.
Agates, Jaspers, Pendants, Jewelry, Freshwater pearls, necklaces, stones, beach rock, lapidary, polished rock, centerpiece
Skills and Techniques
Agates & Jaspers are first mined, then cut into slabs in our garage using a diamond blade in water - since we prefer a free-form shape, we then draw on the slabs, usually following a pattern or design in the stone. Then the shapes are cut on the diamond saw. If they're too soft to tumble, we use the flat lap to grind them to a polish. Otherwise they're loaded into one of two large rotary tumblers where water and grit are added. They'll tumble 24/7 for 7-14 days, then cleaned and inspected. Then the grit is recharged and they spin again for 7-14 days. Lather, rinse, repeat for a total of between 4-8 weeks (sometimes longer) until a good shine is achieved. We then examine the stones and determine where best to drill for the bail, using a diamond bit and water. Then the pendants are either sold as is, or strung with all-natural freshwater pearls and sold as finished jewelry.