Lapidary Art

Lapidary art consists of shaping and cutting gemstones in order to reveal their natural beauty.

Lapidary artists possess in-depth knowledge of the chemical and physical properties specific to each gemstone family and are able to use various transformation techniques in order to preserve a maximum weight while at the same time highlighting the brilliance and colours of each gemstone.

For each technique covered, students will learn to recognize the physical and chemical properties of different materials in order to transform their rough stones in the best possible way.

The ultimate goal of this program is to enable each student to become autonomous and equipped with the necessary knowledge to evaluate and anticipate how gemstone materials will react in order to advise future clients.

By the end of the program, students will have acquired an understanding of various transformation techniques: multi-form stone cutting, faceting, sculpture, engraving, and assembling, as well as the complete polishing process.

After completing the Lapidary Art program at the École de joaillerie de Montréal, students will receive a diploma that is well recognized within the jewellery industry.

OUR LAPIDARY ART INSTRUCTORS

YVES ST-PIERRE

Yves Saint-Pierre began his training in 1975 at the École de joaillerie et de métaux d’art de Montréal, and apprenticed stone cutting and polishing with Daniel Ungerson. His work includes a number of lamps, sculptures and ornaments created with his hand cut stones. He is now one of the very few lapidary artists in Quebec. He teaches at the École de joaillerie de Montréal since 1994 and has taken part in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and abroad.

CHRISTIANE MORIN

An enthusiastic collector for over 30 years, Christiane has been acquiring, through the course of her travels, gemstones from all around the world. Noticing the poor quality of their cut, she began learning lapidary art with Yves St-Pierre and benefited from the wise advice of the late Stephen Kotlowski, master lapidary. For more than ten years now, she has been cutting stones professionally for her international clientele and renowned private collections.

COURSES

Length Course Objectives Cost Cost of materials
21 h Lapidary Art 1
with Yves St-Pierre
Students will be introduced to cutting and polishing techniques on flat and rounded cabochon stones. Using a water-cooled grindstone and a diamond saw, they will learn how to safely and accurately shape opaque gems in order to enhance their ornamental properties. $ 295 ± $ 25

Prerequisites: none

Length Course Objectives Cost Cost of materials
21 h Lapidary Art 2
with Yves St-Pierre
In this course, students will get a deeper understanding of basic lapidary techniques and will work with the various structures of translucent and semi-opaque gems, such as cleavage planes and colour zones. They will be introduced to freehand faceting and drilling. $ 295 ± $ 25

Prerequisites: Lapidary Art 1

Length Course Objectives Cost Cost of materials
7 h Lapidary Art: Assembling
with Yves St-Pierre
In this course, students will learn assembling techniques. They will assemble doublets and triplets and will be introduced to inlay techniques. They will be introduced to various adhesives and their respective properties. $ 125 ± $ 25

Prerequisites: Lapidary Art 1

Length Course Objectives Cost Cost of materials
7 h Marquetry
with Yves St-Pierre
In this workshop, students will learn about marquetry joining techniques. It differs from mosaic techniques in the precision cutting of the pieces which are joined together perfectly. Various adhesives and their respective properties will be presented. $ 125 ± $ 25

Prerequisites: Lapidary Art 1

Length Course Objectives Cost Cost of materials
7 h Engraving and small carvings
with Yves St-Pierre
Students will learn basic engraving and carving techniques using diamond bits and will learn to choose the appropriate tool for the desired result, while following the many steps required in order to obtain a well-finished piece. $ 125 ± $ 25

Prerequisites: Lapidary Art 1

Length Course Objectives Cost Cost of materials
14 h Tool Making
with Yves St-Pierre
In this workshop, students will make their own abrasive resin bands for polishing and their own metal and resin tools for sculpting and engraving. They will be introduced to the various materials needed for tool making and to the actual making process. Students will also get to experiment with Bronze Clay. $ 205 ± $ 25

Prerequisites: Lapidary Art 1

Length Course Objectives Cost Cost
21 h Faceting 1
with Christiane Morin
Once familiarised with the faceting machine and its components, students will learn the specific terminology used to describe the parts of a cut stone. They will also be introduced to faceting and polishing techniques. $ 375 ± $ 45

Prerequisites: None

Length Course Objectives Cost Cost of materials
21 h Faceting 2
with Christiane Morin
Several notions will be covered in this workshop: refractive index, critical angle, and the behaviour of light in minerals and gems. Students will go deeper in their mastery of faceting in order to maximise the stone’s colour and brilliance. Students will also learn how to maintain a faceting machine. $ 375 ± $ 45

Prerequisites: Faceting 1

Length Course Objectives Cost Cost of materials
14 h Re-cutting and restoration
with Christiane Morin
Whether a stone is chipped or has an undesirable window, some gems need to be recut or restored. Students will learn to choose the appropriate cut according to the physical and optical properties of a gemstone. $ 205 ± $ 25

Prerequisites: Faceting 2

Length Course Objectives Cost Cost of materials
7 h Purchasing raw material and gems for re-cutting
with Christiane Morin
In this lecture, students will learn how to judiciously select raw material or faceted gems that would benefit from being re-cut. Through several exercises, students will observe various stones and will get to identify cutting and re-cutting possibilities. $ 125 ± $ 25

Prerequisites: Faceting 1 and/or GIA – Gem-A.

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CANCEL ANY COURSE
WHICH DOESN’T REACH THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS, ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE.
MATERIAL COSTS MAY VARY ACCORDING TO THE CURRENT PRICE OF METAL.

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