My experience is, I started out when I was young,  about knee high. I would go to
my grandfathers work shop and watch him make things with fire ,and he would also
grind different colored rocks and form them until it's just right, then he would hold
them up to the light and make a clicking sound from the side of his mouth and say
"Hohzonii' ", (beautiful) and smile.  He would tell me in Navajo taste this, and I
would put this rock in my mouth. Who knew? I learned something I didn't think I
would ever use in my life. Now I custom Lapidary my own natural stones an shells
mostly turquoise, Jet, and Coral.
I've been silver smithing professionally since 1991 and learned new ways such as
chemical  ingredients from my teacher Professor Sam Howeth  at the
Arlington Gem
and Mineral Club, in Arlington Texas, so if anybody wants to learn silver smithing, I
teach as well.
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A lapidary (the word means "concerned with stones") is an artist or artisan who forms stone, mineral, gemstones,
and other suitably durable materials (amber, shell, jet, pearl, copal, coral, horn and bone, glass and other
synthetics) into decorative items such as engraved gems, including cameos, or cabochons, and faceted designs.
Hardstone carving is the term in art history for the objects produced and the craft. Diamond cutters are generally not
referred to as lapidaries, due to the specialized techniques which are required to work diamond. Gemcutter typically
refers to diamond cutters or producers of faceted jewels in modern contexts, but artists producing engraved gems,
jade carvings and the like in older historical contexts.
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