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Congratulations to irockhound with his outstanding Blue Biggs cab!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!


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Board Announcements

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

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Last post by Phishisgroovin
on October 21, 2016, 07:17:49 PM
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A place to Introduce yourself, say hello and make new friends!

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Last post by Stonemon
in Re: Hello Hello - Danger...
on October 20, 2016, 07:44:29 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!

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Last post by PhilNM
in Shafts and pillow blocks
on October 22, 2016, 03:50:03 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 rockjunquie
in Re: Floating Cab Photo B...
on October 19, 2016, 08:45:39 AM
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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 ToTheSummit
in Re: Outrageous Cab Conte...
on October 22, 2016, 04:03:32 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 Stonemon
in Looking for a cabber/lap...
on October 19, 2016, 06:51:14 AM
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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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Last post by Ranger_Dave
in Re: Love Hiking
on September 08, 2016, 08:16:22 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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Last post by auscarver
in Re: Another Aussie rock
on Today at 03:05:42 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 Minkos61
in Re: Washington State gro...
on February 13, 2015, 05:31:48 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 Phishisgroovin
in Re: so far, gold this su...
on September 09, 2016, 06:43:35 PM
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Rough and Slabs

Show off your rough or newly cut slabs here!

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Last post by southerly
in Re: White jade?
on October 18, 2016, 11:22:00 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 Kaljaia
in Re: Cleaning quartz crys...
on October 17, 2016, 09:54:38 PM
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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 crazyjays
in Re: Aunt's Fossil. Need...
on June 30, 2016, 08:23:40 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 Amethyst Rose
in Re: How do you price you...
on October 17, 2016, 06:02:46 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: need ID of rock help
on October 18, 2016, 11:20:48 PM
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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Last post by lithicbeads
in Re: Speaking of Patinas
on May 09, 2016, 05:48:11 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 Stonemon
in Re: Amethyst Stalactite ...
on September 14, 2016, 07:41:33 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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Last post by jerrysg
in Re: Virgin Valley Opaliz...
on October 22, 2016, 09:15:32 PM
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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212 Topics
Last post by Orrum
in Re: Got a few cabs done ...
on October 22, 2016, 04:35:15 PM
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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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Last post by Sandsave
in Re: New spheres
on Today at 04:59:32 AM
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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Last post by sid_steinhaeufel
in Re: Experienced lapidary...
on September 17, 2016, 08:39:46 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 Tumbling Grits
on October 06, 2016, 11:39:15 AM
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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 bgast1
in Re: I am trying to learn
on May 11, 2015, 07:12:11 AM
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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 Jhon P
in Jade buck trio
on September 17, 2016, 01:29:50 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.

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Last post by jerrysg
in Re: Help please texhniqu...
on October 13, 2016, 03:14:54 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.

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Last post by Steve
in Re: Tri-Metal Phoenix Br...
on September 19, 2016, 11:38:24 AM
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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...

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Last post by Pebblehopper
in Re: Another one out the ...
on September 24, 2016, 09:02:56 PM
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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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Last post by Enchantra
in Re: 2016 Metals entry
on May 13, 2016, 07:01:22 PM
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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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Last post by rockjunquie
in Re: Howdy Y'all! I found...
on October 22, 2016, 08:45:29 AM
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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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Last post by Kaljaia
in Re: Wedding Bands
on October 22, 2016, 06:54:18 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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Last post by olgguy
in Re: Preventing oxidation...
on August 02, 2016, 04:49:34 PM


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Show your Finished Beads

Love to make beads using stone, glass, paper, clay or other mediums? Post them here!

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Last post by lithicbeads
in Re: Couple new pendants~...
on October 11, 2016, 03:56:14 PM
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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!

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Last post by Enchantra
in Re: Warrior Woman Makeov...
on October 10, 2016, 10:59:24 AM
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Kumihimo, Cord Making, Braiding, Macrame

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Last post by southerly
in Re: Cutting a small bead...
on August 15, 2016, 12:50:13 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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Last post by Grinder69
in Re: Advice on Overhauli...
on October 22, 2016, 05:54:20 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.

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Last post by Kaljaia
in Re: Geode / thunderegg h...
on October 18, 2016, 12:41:05 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.

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Last post by Amethyst Rose
in Re: What polishing compo...
on October 04, 2016, 01:45:05 PM
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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.

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Last post by jerrysg
in Re: I have got me my sla...
on September 25, 2016, 08:14:20 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 finegemdesigns
in Re: Finger protection
on September 23, 2016, 11:51:26 AM

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 lithicbeads
in Re: Excellent Jade artic...
on October 04, 2016, 10:20:08 AM
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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.

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Last post by rockjunquie
in Re: Using Square
on October 19, 2016, 08:34:24 AM
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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 AlbionFireandIce
in Re: Gaining followers an...
on October 09, 2016, 04:05:03 AM

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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Archive of gemstone held on this server.

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