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Gem Cutting A Lapidary's Manual by John Sinkankas

Gem Cutting - A Lapidary's Manual Gem Cutting A Lapidary's Manual
Second Edition
by John Sinkankas
Hard and Soft cover, 11" x 8.25", 297 pages, copyright 1955,1962.
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More than 50 years have passed since the first printing of John Sinkankas's Gem Cutting, A Lapidary's Manual in 1955, now long out of print in any edition. Yet to this day, this often recommended and much sought after book from the golden age of lapidary in the 1950s and 1960s remains the authoritative how-to book and reference on the hobby and art of lapidary. No other book on lapidary has since been authored with the authority, experience and knowledge of John Sinkankas that is as comprehensive in scope or as clear and thorough in its explanations and discussion of lapidary processes and techniques.

Gem Cutting, A Lapidary's Manual is written for the beginner and expert alike. It deals simply with the fundamentals and leads logically into techniques and projects which will challenge even the most advanced cutters. The contents of Gem Cutting, A Lapidary's Manual are organized into 19 chapters: 1 Gemstones - The Raw Material Of The Lapidary; 2 How To Get Started; 3 Sawing; 4 Grinding; 5 Lapping; 6 Sanding; 7 Polishing; 8 All-Purpose Units; 9 Drilling; 10 Cabochon Gems; 11 How To Cut Cabochons; 12 Faceted Gems; 13 Faceting Equipment; 14 How To Cut Faceted Gems; 15 Spheres And Beads; 16 Tumbling; 17 Carving And Engraving; 18 Mosaic And Inlay Work; 19 Treatment of Gemstones. Appendices provide Mechanical Tables of RPM Verses Pulley Diameter and Rim Speeds For Saws And Wheels; Weights And Measures Useful To The Gem Cutter; Tables Of Angles For Faceted Gems; Magazines And Books. A comprehensive Index is included.

Advice is provided on selecting and buying rough gemstones, and how to examine them for best results. An important section on the description and treatment of gemstones was enlarged in the second edition to include more species.

We have limited quantities of the first and second editions of Gem Cutting, A Lapidary's Manual available for sale. These books are out of print - all copies are used and vary in condition as noted.



BookSH38 - Gem Cutting A Lapidary's Manual - $27.95 RESERVED
BookSH38 - Gem Cutting A Lapidary's Manual Second Edition
by John Sinkankas
Soft cover, 11" x 8.5", 297 pages, copyright 1955,1962.

This soft cover copy of the second edition of Gem Cutting, A Lapidary's Manual is in very good condition. The cover is clean with a couple of minor creases. The binding is solid and the pages are clean, bright and unmarked. A very nice copy.


BookSH39 - Gem Cutting A Lapidary's Manual - $32.95 RESERVED
BookSH39 - Gem Cutting A Lapidary's Manual Second Edition
by John Sinkankas
Hard cover, 11" x 8.5", 297 pages, copyright 1955,1962.

The dust jacket on this hard cover copy of the second edition of Gem Cutting, A Lapidary's Manual has seen better days. However, the cover, binding and pages of this copy are in very good condition. The binding is solid and the pages are clean, bright and unmarked.

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