Lapidary is the art and craft of cutting, shaping and polishing rough stones or minerals and turning them into beautiful creations that can be used as jewellery or ornaments.
Founded in 1958, in the oldest Club of its type in Britain, our aim is to ‘encourage an interest in natural minerals and the craftsmanship related to them, on a non-commercial basis’.
Visitors can view these skills as Members work on stones, facet gemstones or do silverwork during the normal working hours.
Display areas also show photographs of Scottish locations with examples of Members’ finished work, particularly Scottish agate, and with over 5000 specimens in the collection, large examples are shown and an A to Z of many Scottish minerals. Currently, a general theme for this year relates to materials from North America and an ongoing programme (bimonthly) highlights metal compound minerals from the Club collection.
Books on a wide range of related topics are available to Members for reference or borrowing from a comprehensive Library.
Members range from !0 to 90+ years – suited to family groups – general interest, students to specialist professionals.
Access – all on ground level suitable for wheelchair, pram.
Toilets – Male, female and disabled.
Parking – limited, possible in in local streets or by Leith Links (c 5 minute walk).
Nearest buses – Junction Street, foot of Easter Road/ Leith Walk, or Commercial Street, Leith (all 10 to 15 minute walk)