Lapidary classes

Gemstone cutting at the Lapidary Training Centre in Dar es Salaam.

This 2 or 4 week gemstone cutting class introduces you to the cutting and polishing techniques of gemstones. A professionally equipped lapidary workshop is at your disposal. We work on Ultra-Tec V5 Digital faceting machines, different types of cabbing machines, gemsaw, and foredoom flex shaft motor as well as with free form carving tools. Grading, evaluation, orientation and the proper handling of gems before and after cutting is part of the training. You will cut yourself a series of faceted gemstones, cabochons and free-form shapes. You will start with the classic brilliant cut and progress to modern facet designs in different shapes and sizes.

A well trained and experienced instructor will guide you to successful precision cutting to achieve maximum brilliance and beauty. The safe operation of all machines will be addressed properly and a complete documentation will be handed out during class. A recognized certificate will be provided to each successful student.

Some stones will be provided. You may bring your own preferred rough stones. All stones cut during this class are yours to keep.

After the 2 week class, it is possible to make reservation of the lapidary class room, to practice your freshly aquired skills. Our instructor will assist you if you have any questions. A completely equipped lapidary workshop is at your disposal.

The class starts at 9am to 5pm with a 1 hour break at lunchtime.
Lunch is not included but can be organized.
Class fee for 2 weeks of training is US$ 500.-
Class fee for 4 weeks of training is US$ 870.-

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Stones cut by my students

Citrine by Paul A. Makunda
some other stones I have cut

Rock crystal by John B.

Garnet by Catherine V.

Rock crystal

Amethyst-Citrin by Goodluck C.

Garnet by Goodluck C.

Topaz by Kohkazu

Scapolite by Kohkazu

Aquamarin by Kohkazu

Scapolite by Percy

Amethyst by Raymond Mulder
more stones I cut during class

Gems cut by Kamran Avin

Citrine by Sethi

Rock crystal by Reginald

Citrine by Reginald

Lapidary class participants

Nothing compares to the thrill of introducing students to new concepts and watch them reaching new dimensions and discoveries.

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