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Manchester Minerals have marketed quality rough and cut gemstones and jewellery making equipment, at competitive trade prices, since 1972. Most orders placed before 1.00pm are despatched the same day.

Lapidary Tuition Courses

Lapidary Tuition Course in Shropshire

Lapidary Tuition Course in Shropshire


John and Helen Hilton (owners of Manchester Minerals Ltd) are pleased to be able to offer Lapidary Courses at their fully equipped home workshop in the beautiful Shropshire countryside.

Lapidary is the art of gem cutting and in this beginners course you will learn the basic principles of grinding, drilling and polishing your own stones from rough. This is particularly useful if you are thinking of purchasing equipment and would like to "try before you buy".
For people with specific requirements the course can be tailored to suit. Follow up lessons are also available, including silversmithing for those who would like to create a piece of keepsake jewellery out of their own cut stones. We offer two consecutive day courses on request and can send details of local hotels and Bed and Breakfasts in the area.
There are two fantastic cabbing machines available to work on making this course ideal for couples or friends to attend together (over 16's only).
Gift vouchers are available if you would like to buy this as an experience for someone else.

The courses run on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.00am until 3.00pm with a half hour break for lunch (provided) and teas and coffees throughout the day. It's a lovely relaxed atmosphere in an idyllic setting.

The workshop is easy to reach by road or rail. The nearest train station is on the main line from Crewe to Shrewsbury, stopping at the little market town of Wem where collection from the station can be organised on request. For those travelling by road, details will be sent on receipt of booking. The workshop is 5 miles from Wem.

PRICES FOR 1 DAY COURSE:
1 person £150.00
2 people £250.00

For more information and to find an available date, please contact Helen at hh@gemcraft.co.uk


Lapidary Tuition in Stockport

Lapidary Tuition in Stockport


One to one tuition with Howard Johnson in a dedicated workshop. Courses can be tailored to your needs. Howard was the workshop technician for many years at Manchester Minerals and now runs his own small repair workshop in Stockport.
Please e-mail hh@gemcraft.co.uk for contact details.