Gemstone cutting

Unlocking the Hidden Beauty of Gemstones: A Creative Journey

Immerse yourself in the world of lapidary techniques and discover the secrets of transforming rough stones into beautiful works of art. From the rough, initial form to the techniques of cutting, drilling, carving and polishing, this hands-on experience will provide you with the basic knowledge and skills to make your own unique gemstone creations.

This workshop is more than just a practical class; it is an immersive journey into the heart of lapidary craftsmanship and the charming realm of gemstones. In embarking on this exploration, we will visit local stone dealers, where you will have the opportunity to handpick your raw gemstones. Your chosen gems will become your canvas, allowing you to turn your creative visions into reality.

The ultimate goal of the course is to provide you with an understanding of gemstone cutting and the skills to merge your new experience with your signature projects.

The gemstone cutting courses in both the first and second weeks are the same. Opting for a two-week attendance allows you to practice and improve the skills and knowledge gained in the first week of the course.

Tools and Supplies

ISA supplies:

  • tools for cutting, grinding, and polishing,
  • a selection of basic stones to work with. (You can bring your own stones and/or will be able to buy more stones to work with!)

You supply:

Since we will be working in a wet and dusty environment, participants are required to bring for their personal safety and comfort during the course:

  • rubber boots,
  • work clothes,
  • a towel and safety glasses.

TEACHER: Silvia Bellia (IT)



  • course 1: 19 - 23 August 2024
  • course 2: 26 - 30 August 2024
  • duration: 5 days, 35 hrs
  • participants: min. 5 / max. 6 
  • language: English, Italian and German 

Works by Silvia Bellia

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