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Elasticated 'Chip' AMBER
Elasticated 'Chip' AMBER
PERIDOT 5.0x0.0 Round Cabochon 0.65cts Olive Green
PERIDOT 5.0x0.0 Round Cabochon 0.65cts Olive Green
LARIMAR Cabochon 10mm Round AA
LARIMAR Cabochon 10mm Round AA
Elastic BRACELET long-chip tumbled Gold Tigereye
Elastic BRACELET long-chip tumbled Gold Tigereye
Fwt.PEARL 16 inch Temp Str. 5.0-5.5mm ROUND White
Fwt.PEARL 16 inch Temp Str. 5.0-5.5mm ROUND White
Cabochon 16x12 Oval LABRADORITE
Cabochon 16x12 Oval LABRADORITE
Tumbled Gem Mix Average 15-20mm 5kg Bag
Tumbled Gem Mix Average 15-20mm 5kg Bag
Jewellers Tool set in black wallet
Jewellers Tool set in black wallet
BEADS 36 inch HEMATITE TUMBLED
BEADS 36 inch HEMATITE TUMBLED

Lapidary Machines

Introduction to Cabochon Cutting

Introduction to Cabochon Cutting

Although tumbling is an easy way of polishing a lot of stones fairly cheaply, it is restricted in that only baroque (free form) stones can be produced from rough rock or pebbles.
As a hobby, tumble polishing is limited because it is not time consuming and for this reason people look to the next stage of gemstone cutting , called 'cabochon’ cutting.
A 'Cabochon’ is any stone which has been cut to a particular shape, usually oval, using a saw and grinding unit.
Machines enabling all the operations to be undertaken on one small unit are called 'combination machines’.
These machines may also be used for cutting shapes (called preforms) out of stones which are to be tumbled.
The photograph alongside shows a Victorian mahogany, bench-type, hand operated, lapidary machine (suitable for Cabbing or Faceting), that was discovered in Calke Abbey, Derbyshire, after the National Trust took over it's administration. A similar unit is featured in a book on Agates published by the Natural History Museum

Our stock range, of around 10,000 items, covers hobby and professional requirements for craft/workshop/therapy use. E & O E. Copyright: Manchester Minerals Ltd. October 2017