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Congratulations to Asianfire and his Montana Agate cab!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!


Welcome new members & old from the Lapidary/Gemstone Community Forum. Please join up. You will be approved after spam check & you must manually activate your acct with the link in your email

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Board Announcements

General Announcements of Board Activities, Policies, Changes to Policies, Board Maintenance

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Last post by hummingbirdstones
in Re: New Job
on July 20, 2017, 08:21:40 PM
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A place to Introduce yourself, say hello and make new friends!

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Last post by cabjunky
in Re: Hello all...again!
on July 21, 2017, 08:58:31 PM
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A place to buy items from other members, sell your own items, or arrange trades with other members. You must have a minimum of fifty posts in order to sell anything in this area. Please see forum policies for further explanation. Anyone posting items for sale with less than 50 posts to their name will have the post removed. No Exceptions! If you are just inquiring about a material, just looking for information about something, please use the rock talk forum. Thanks.

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Last post by edgarscale
in Re: 20 pounds of assorte...
on July 22, 2017, 06:40:55 PM
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Want to know how to take good photos of that special cabochon you made? Need to adjust the lighting on your camera? Want to build a lightbox? Just need general photo help? This is your spot for learning and sharing.

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Last post by Jeffro
in Re: Help posting pics
on July 20, 2017, 04:50:21 PM
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Check here regularly for contests and other competitions we may hold for your enjoyment and friendly competition! This is for forum held competitions only.

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Last post by Orrum
in Re: Vote for the Outrage...
on July 19, 2017, 03:59:02 PM

Off Topic Area

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Random Musings

This is your section for all things not related to Lapidary! Here's where you can post about your family vacation or discuss other topics not related to the forum.

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Last post by Phishisgroovin
in Re: Artfire Hack/Phishin...
on July 17, 2017, 05:32:56 PM
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Other Hobbies

Most of us have hobbies outside of Lapidary. Some of us Garden, some of us love our Model trains or tie flies for fishing. Here's your place to discuss these other things we all love doing.

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60 Topics
Last post by raven.worldlrnr
in Re: Question? Vertical w...
on July 06, 2017, 04:22:45 PM

Let's Rock

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Rockhounding Tips, Maps, Trips Etc.

Have a good place to hound at that you want to share? Just took a hounding trip and want to share your pictures? Have an outstanding map of an area to help other rockhounds? This is your place to post!

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177 Topics
Last post by grahamtimmer
in Re: McDermit 2017 page t...
on Today at 05:14:24 AM
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Group outings

Please use this child board to create, plan and go on group outings as members of the forum here.

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Last post by edgarscale
in Re: rockhouding
on July 11, 2017, 05:56:15 PM
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Mineral and Metals prospecting. Trips, tips & digging reports. Show us what you got!

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Last post by edgarscale
in Re: local rose quarts in...
on July 03, 2017, 02:20:42 PM
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Rough and Slabs

Show off your rough or newly cut slabs here!

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287 Topics
Last post by hummingbirdstones
in Re: First cut
on July 22, 2017, 10:01:42 PM
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Mineral Specimens

Have a specimen collection? Want to show off some pieces? Looking for ideas of specimens to add to your collection? This is your board.

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Last post by 55fossil
in Re: unknown yellow miner...
on June 14, 2017, 10:05:33 AM
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If you love collecting fossils, or are looking for a certain fossil for a creation, or just love to hunt for them, this is your area to play.

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Last post by lithicbeads
in Re: Fossil tree at my Va...
on July 13, 2017, 07:07:18 PM
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Rock Talk

This is where you can discuss a certain stone type, gather information on stones, and anything stone related that doesn't fit into the other categories of the forum.

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Last post by SATXCabs
in Re: Burgandy color
on July 22, 2017, 08:13:41 AM
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Identifications of Materials

Have a rock, but don't know what it is? Need to know if something is chalcedony or common opal but cannot tell the difference? Post it here for others to help you out.

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Last post by southerly
in Re: Botoridal calcedony?...
on July 18, 2017, 05:20:41 AM
Child Boards: Deceptive Stones
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Ancient Lapidary History

Found an article online about some recent archaeological finds? Found a great picture of ancient lapidary equipment? Want to discuss ancient techniques? This is your forum!

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8 Topics
Last post by edgarscale
in Re: The Roman Opal?
on July 15, 2017, 09:19:05 PM
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This is your area to discuss crystals. Have some examples of Crystal structures you wish to share? Have a gorgeous cluster that you cannot stop drooling over? Have oodles of Druzy you want to show off? Want to discuss metaphysical properties of crystals? Here's your area.

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Last post by GatorGal
in Re: Not sure of the name
on April 16, 2017, 05:07:49 PM
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All things relating to Opal - Mining, Carving, Cutting, Grinding, Tips on Care and storage etc.

Moderators: Asianfire, Opalholic

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28 Topics
Last post by Neural
in Re: Estate sale jar of o...
on June 11, 2017, 09:35:32 AM
Child Boards: Opal Poetry, Stories & Myths

Rock Art

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Cabochons, Intarsias, Cameos

A place to display you recent cabochon creations! Learning intarsia and wish to post your progress? Do you have questions on how to create a cabochon or what wax works best to dop with? This is your forum.

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279 Topics
Last post by irockhound
in Re: Pics of my (sort of)...
on July 22, 2017, 11:26:40 AM
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Carvings and Sculptures

Love to carve your rock? Love to take rock and make sculptures? Here's your new hangout!

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93 Topics
Last post by cabjunky
in Re: Septarian
on July 21, 2017, 09:11:46 PM
Child Boards: Opal Carvers Gallery, Jade Carving Gallery, Spheres
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Faceted Gems

Learning how to Facet? Want to show off your faceted creations? Are you an old pro at faceting and want to share your knowledge? This is your forum.

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13 Topics
Last post by hummingbirdstones
in Re: Care and Feeding of ...
on July 15, 2017, 09:46:33 PM
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Love to tumble rock? Has your electricity bill gone through the roof because you're running tumblers 24/7? This is your forum!

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Last post by bobby1
in Re: Tumbling Grits
on March 03, 2017, 09:22:38 PM
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Love to knapp rock? Want to show off your knapped creations? Here's your forum section.

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Last post by Back
in Re: Modern day knapping....
on February 01, 2017, 02:30:19 PM
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Knife Making

Some folks love to put stone handles on their knives. If you are one of these people, here is your area to have fun!

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Last post by hummingbirdstones
in Re: My first knife handl...
on July 16, 2017, 06:19:21 PM
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Tutorials for the Rock Art Area

This is an area for tutorials related to any of the above listed areas. Want to show folks how to cut a cab? Here's where to post the tutorial. Want to post a video on how to knapp a blade? Here's the place to post it. Please post only tutorials here.

86 Posts
15 Topics
Last post by Debbie K
in Re: Resources for a begi...
on July 04, 2017, 01:47:08 PM

Rockin' Jewelry

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Gold, Silver, Other Metals, Casting and Fabrication

Love to work in metal? Like to pour hot metal? This is your area to post.

182 Posts
27 Topics
Last post by MorgannaWylde
in Re: Soldering problems
on July 13, 2017, 02:24:18 PM
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Wearable or Utilitarian Jewelry Art

This is anything utilitarian that isn't necessarily jewelry, yet could be jewelry - walking sticks, belt buckles, hair pins, barrettes, hatbands,horse halters, saddlery you bejewelled, etc...

58 Posts
11 Topics
Last post by Kosbare Jewelers
in Stainless Steel Necklace...
on June 17, 2017, 11:38:53 AM
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Metal Clay

An area for those who like to work in Metal Clay to hang out and discuss their art.

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7 Topics
Last post by Susan
in Re: FMG 2017 Metals Entr...
on January 17, 2017, 05:25:01 AM
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Wire Wrapping

If wire is your pride and joy and you love to wrap, this is your forum.

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31 Topics
Last post by mearic71
in Re: second wrap
on July 18, 2017, 05:11:54 PM
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Like to create works using chainmaille techniques? Here's your section.

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Last post by Enchantra
in Re: Maille Butterfly
on March 18, 2015, 09:24:55 AM
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Show and Tell!!!!

Sharing your finished jewelry creations with everyone!

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92 Topics
Last post by Troy Shaffer
in Re: Silver work
on July 20, 2017, 09:45:56 PM
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Tutorials for Jewelry Making

This is the place for any tutorials as it relates to the above areas of casting, fabrication, metal clay, Chainmaille, and wire wrapping. Please post only tutorials here.

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9 Topics
Last post by lithicbeads
in Re: Egyptian paste or fa...
on May 29, 2017, 08:49:23 AM


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Bead Embroidery and Bead Weaving

Love to bead embroider? Enjoy doing bead weaving? Here is your area of beaded love. You can never have to many beads!

154 Posts
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Last post by hummingbirdstones
in Re: Piece for Krystee's ...
on December 07, 2016, 04:42:37 PM
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Kumihimo, Cord Making, Braiding, Macrame

Kumihimo and other cord making Arts as they pertain to beads and Jewelry making.

43 Posts
12 Topics
Last post by cobbledstones
in Re: first attempt at kum...
on March 06, 2016, 07:17:58 PM
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Polymer Clay, Air Dry Clay, Resin, Epoxy or Glass Based Clays

Like to make Jewelry using various clays? Do you sculpt with it? Like to create new fashion jewelry using clay? Post here.

35 Posts
2 Topics
Last post by Enchantra
in Re: Working on Another P...
on December 06, 2015, 09:55:21 PM
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Glass Blowing, Fusing, Slumping, Lampworking, Dichroic Glass...

Glass arts as they pertain to jewelry making and beading.

23 Posts
4 Topics
Last post by Kaljaia
in Re: Dichroic Glass Penda...
on September 14, 2016, 05:29:36 PM
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Tutorials for Beads Category

A place to house all the tutorials for the above topics in the Beads category. Please post only tutorials here.

60 Posts
8 Topics
Last post by southerly
in Re: Cutting a small bead...
on August 15, 2016, 12:50:13 AM
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Show and Tell -Finished Beads

Show off your beads you have created!

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210 Topics
Last post by rockherder
in Re: Washington jade pen...
on July 22, 2017, 09:55:18 AM

Gadgets, Gizmos, and Dohickeys

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Fixing, Modifying and Refurbishing your Lapidary Equipment

Bought an old saw, need to figure out how to fix it or rebuild it? Have belts you need to resurface? Building equipment from the ground up? This is your area to ask questions.

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105 Topics
Last post by likesrocks
in Re: New to the scene - N...
on July 21, 2017, 06:58:57 PM
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What Equipment to Buy and Where to Get it.

Need input on buying a piece of equipment? Here's your area.

465 Posts
54 Topics
Last post by lithicbeads
in Re: 3 Months Later: Revi...
on July 17, 2017, 07:07:12 PM
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Cutting, Grinding, Polishing

Need to know the right equipment to use for a certain need? Wonder how to get that chunk of rough to stay where you want it for slabbing it? Want to know how to make your saw run a lot quieter? Have general equipment questions that don't fall into other categories? Here's your spot.

664 Posts
76 Topics
Last post by Orrum
in Re: Wet polishing
on July 22, 2017, 02:32:10 AM
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Tool Talk

Love tools? Looking for a specific tool and need help finding it? Want to refurbish that old pair of pliers? Here's your place.

312 Posts
38 Topics
Last post by edgarscale
in Re: Jewelry maker's esta...
on July 10, 2017, 02:36:56 PM
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General workshop and studio safety when working with equipment. What works, what doesn't work.

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Last post by Greg Hiller
in Re: What are the most da...
on June 06, 2017, 12:05:49 PM

Lapidary and Jewelry News

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Articles from Members, Magazine and Club Postings

Have a club event coming up? Want to share the latest article you wrote? Found something awesome in a recent magazine you want to share? This is the place.

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Last post by fossilman
in Re: Excellent Jade artic...
on January 29, 2017, 02:13:02 PM
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Shows, Auction Announcements, Estates

Looking for a show to sell your wares at? Want to advertise a show you know about in your area? Setting up for a show soon and need pointers? Heading off to Quartzite to the Tucson Shows and want to meet folks? This is your place. Found a really good Estate sale being held and want to let folks know? Post it here. Please note you are not allowed to sell items in this section of the forum.

188 Posts
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Last post by Kaljaia
in Re: Madras/Prineville sh...
on June 08, 2017, 11:09:36 PM
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Have a website? Need help with it? Have questions about blogging or SEO? Just need to know the best place to put up an online shop? Here's your forum.

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Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
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Old Board Archive

This is the archive link to the old Lapidary/Gemstone Community forum for those who wish to look up information there that you need to access.

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New Gemstone Archive

Archive of gemstone held on this server.

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