But these were used almost exclusively for lapidary inscriptions.
These qualities alone have made it supreme as a jewel since early times, and yet the real brilliancy of the stone is not displayed until it has been faceted by the art of the lapidary; and this was scarcely developed before the year 1746.
His skill as a working lapidary was very great; and he prepared a number of lenses of garnet and other precious stones, which he preferred to the achromatic microscopes of the time.
The Lapidary Journal website also contains a listing of stores that offer jewelry making courses from around the United States.
Even chain stores found in malls can often accommodate loose stones either through their regular lapidary or via a setting and styling event.