Cabochons are gemstones with domed tops that are cut to various shapes, such as ovals, circles, rectangles and hearts. In this handy little book, illustrations, photos and detailed instructions show how to cut a cabochon. Everything to start a craftperson on the way to expert cutting. Answers all the questions from dopping to setting stones.
The Lapidaryâs Nosegay, Lara Candlandâs primer of poems, presents to readers a bouquet of resplendent poems that Candland has created, collaged, curated, and reimagined by using the rich floral and gem imagery in the poetry of Emily Dickinson as her primary source material. Dickinson and Candland share linguistic and theological roots in the Bible, nineteenth-century American Protestantism, and a lexicon distinctive to their specific individuarian communities, and this collection of poems draws a serpentine kind of map across nearly two centuries, journeying from Amherst, Massachusetts, to Provo, Utah, from Dickinsonâs severe and lush New England to Candlandâs own jagged, harsh, and stunning high desert Utah.Â The Lapidaryâs NosegayÂ explores the ways that both poets have simultaneously challenged and embraced the axiomatic constraints of religion, landscape, and cultural conventions and expectations of each poetâs time and place.
Aesthetically, Candland attempts to challenge the hierarchies of the page through linguistic, typographic, and sonic experimentation.Â The Lapidaryâs NosegayÂ carries Dickinsonian echoes to alliterative and parenthetic excessivities that indicate sound stresses or that pictographically invoke sun, god, ghosts, ecstasy, and the jewels and flowers tumbling throughout Dickinsonâs own poems. This collection works at toppling textual hierarchies, systematically jumbling sound, text, meaning, symbol, and context and entering the vein of radical American aesthetics, politics, and culture that have shaped Candlandâs life and poetics.
Henry Hunt has been a professional lapidary for nearly 40 years. He and several other lapidaries invented and established the carved gemstone as a viable alternative to the faceted stone. He is also the author of - Lapidary Carving for Creative Jewelry - and has been an exhibitor at Tucson since 1977.
Unlike the dense and highly technical academic tomes that are text-heavy, poorly organized and intimidating, this colorful and easy-to-use reference guide dedicated to collecting rocks, gems and minerals is ideal for readers who want to expand their understanding without getting lost in a labyrinth of science. Beautifully illustrated with 700 color photographs providing wonderful detail and smartly organized to take the hassle out identification, you will enjoy the simplicity of the guide and the enthusiasm and knowledge of author Patti Polk, one of the top agate collectors in the world and a self-proclaimed "rockhound." You will also enjoy two areas that our competitors don't bother with. First it includes values, and second, it covers an introduction to lapidary, which is the cutting and polishing of rocks and gemstones for jewelry or display.