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The Difference Between Artistic Jewelry and Lapidary

People often toss the terms “jewelry-making” and “lapidary arts” together into the same barrel. Though they often go together, not all jewelry-makers are lapidaries, and vice versa. Lapidary is the art of cutting, shaping, and polishing gemstones, while jewelry-making concerns creating wearable pieces. One can also make artistic gemstone jewelry with polished stones. At Cutting Edge Supply, we carry everything you need to carve gems and create jewelry.

It’s easy to confuse lapidary with jewelry-making, since gemstone jewelry is common. Though not everyone who enjoys working with stones likes to make jewelry, many do! Using lapidary stones for jewelry is popular for many reasons. People love the look of polished stones because they’re:

  • Colorful
  • Bold
  • Organic
  • Unique
  • Affordable

    You can use all sorts of gems for lapidary/ jewelry–making. Use turquoise, quartz, agate, garnet, and more to craft statement pieces you can enjoy forever. Once you have a polished gem, you can turn it into jewelry by placing it in a setting, wrapping it with wire to create a pendant, or attaching pins and hooks to create a brooch or necklace.

    Whether you craft jewelry for yourself or others, you need the right tools. Cutting Edge Supply has everything you need to create artistic jewelry and lapidary art. We sell lapidary and jewelry tools as well as beads, polished and rough stones, and settings for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. Whether you’re a professional or hobbyist, you can elevate your craft when you use supplies from the top brands in the industry.

    You don’t have to make jewelry to enjoy lapidary, and vice versa. Cutting Edge Supply provides lapidary stones for jewelry-makers and other crafters. We are proud to serve customers from around the world, and we stock only top-shelf products. Check out our tools and supplies, or contact us with any questions you have about gemstone-cutting.