Lapidary, the art of cutting gems, has been around since prehistoric times. Man would create tools by hammering stones together. Over time it would be discovered that certain stones could uphold more scratches and blows than others. Thus, the art began to develop into the science it is today.
“There are four basic lapidary arts: tumbling, cabbing, faceting, and carving.” (Sourced from www.gemsociety.org/article/introduction-lapidary-arts/) Each style requires a different amount of effort and provide a different range of profits.
“Washington has an extraordinary variety of rocks and fossils. Collectors have the opportunity to find beautiful agates, amethysts, garnets, jasper, and opals. Our state also has a plethora of fossils including crinoids, clams, trilobites, snails, corals, and at least one dinosaur. The state also has abundant petrified wood, which is the Washington State Gem, and has had over 40 Columbian Mammoth discoveries, which is the Washington State Fossil.” (Sourced from www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=6a6819c35f1e4bd69a30f0da3b0473cc)
Ginny’s Girls Estate Services is hosting an estate sale featuring a massive lapidary collection as well as other antiques and collectibles! Join us in Everett this Friday 7/23 through Sunday 7/25 by simply using the link here to stay up to date on all of the details.
— By Jamie Roberts, Ginny’s Girls Estate Services