Lapidary Awards


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Lapidary Awards Awarded by: The CCFMS

The default is a single award General Lapidary for this category which will suffice to cover all the categories. However it is allowable by a particular club hosting the award(s) which may want to specalize a particular aspect of the hobby (this could be in 1 or more categories), i.e. gold wirework, silversmithing etc. – but no more than 2 specialties in any given year. In which case the CCFMS awards committee must be given notice no more than 90 days after the awarding the host for this award so that it can inform other clubs of this specialty change otherwise it is the default category. The other restriction would be if a specialty is chosen in one year, that specialty(s) can’t be used more than 2 years in succession.


  1. Must be a member in good standing within your own club and the CCFMS
  2. Previous winners need to allow 3 years to lapse before entering again. New materials must be exhibited for each competition.
  3. Lapidary can be any of the following *– general lapidary, cabochons, carving, faceted stones, jewellery and metalcraft unless a specialty has been declared by the club with appropriate notice
  4. The material presented must be self-worked as much as is reasonably possible
  5. 10-20 pieces presented and labeled unless changed in the definitions below


General lapidary: Nodules and or geodes, halves (pairs or single) with polished surfaces and/or wholes with an area of the circumference polished. Under this definition would include flats, slabs, mosaics, novelties, spheres and tumbled stones.

Cabochons: These are defined as stones of a size that can be worn for jewellery and cut free hand without the benefit of a faceting or sphere cutting machinery. Shapes of stones can include besides the standard curved or dome shapes, other shape variations such as crosses, hearts, tear drops, flat topped stones and any free form shapes that exhibit both the skill and creativity of the lapidary. Limitation of pieces will be a minimum of 25 stones

Carvings: Shall be defined as lapidary material, which has been worked into figures and/or artistic designs. This would include; carvings in the round ,carved and finished on all surfaces, relief of all types which need not be finished on the reverse side i.e. cameos, transparencies- carvings which utilize light for their effect, one piece or composite carvings (multiple material to achieve the effect desired. The stone can be from soft to hard stone. A minimum of five pieces should be exhibited

Faceted Stones: These can use natural and or synthetic stones. Not more than 5 stones may be mounted in jewellery A minimum of 15 pieces

Jewellery & Metalcraft: Jewellery refers only to articles for personal ornamentation and wear. Examples: rings, tie clasps ( if a bolo it must have a cord), earrings, necklace, buckles (do not require a belt to be attached) etc. Metalcraft refers only to articles intended for general ornamentation and/or services. Examples; vases, table service, vanity boxes, ash trays, etc.

Judging to be based on:

  1. Labelling: The lapidary specimens, shall bear labels showing the name of the material. Grouping of the same material need have only one label. Any descriptive terms desired may be placed on the label
  2. Showmanship: shall refer to the ability of the exhibitor to use the material exhibited, the background material, lighting arrangement and labelling features to create a display which will be educational and will attract and hold the interest of the viewer
  3. Quality: shall refer to colour, colour pattern, freedom from flaws, freedom from undesirable inclusions. Natural materials shall be used unless otherwise stated in the definitions above.
  4. Variety of Work: each of the following will be considered a different type of work: polished flats, contoured polished specimens, cabochons, faceted stones, spheres, novelties, carving, bookends, mosaics, transparencies, doublets, triplets and composites. Sawing done by persons other than the exhibitor will be allowed where the purpose of the sawing is to prepare material for cabochons – but will not be allowed, if such sawing comprises an essential operation for the finished form, such as shaping material for bookends. The above applies to all definitions listed above except Jewellery & Metalcraft. The latter shall refer to the use of castings, appliques, engraving, forging, chasing, repousse, spinning, electro-forming, etching, piercing, granulation, metal inlay, scrollwork, chains, filigree, lamination, fusing, channelwork, and construction of bezels, prong mountings, hinges and box clasps. Variety of work shall also include surface finishing such as antiquing, pantinas, and other surface colouring, texturing, graving, electro-plating and heat colouring.
  5. Workmanship: (lapidary treatment) – refers to shaping, symmetry and polish of the material; to precision of fitting in intarsia and related work; to shaping and surface finishing of carving; to correctness of angle in faceting. Craftsmen who demonstrate the ability to work a greater variety of material will receive a relatively higher score. In cabochon and faceting classes variety of cuts and/or shapes will be considered under workmanship. Size of pieces should be large enough to demonstrate exhibitors ability to work and form substantial areas and masses. In jewellery and metalcraft workmanship will refer to the finish of the metal, precision of fitting stones in mountings, how all ornamentation has been executed, and the lapidary treatment of stones, in the use of original designs as well as the ability to use old ideas to create jewellery of unique design



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