Turquoise Cabochon

Grow your lapidary skills with these instructions for cutting a stylish turquoise cabochon.

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Discover these must-have tips for using classic turquoise and cutting a stylish teardrop shape. Grow your slabbing, flat lapping, backing, dopping, cutting, polishing, and finishing skills as you craft your own one-of-a-kind stone to be used in your own jewelry projects.

Required Materials:

  • Turquoise rough
  • JB Weld
  • Wax paper
  • Green dop wax
  • Zam


  • Slabbing and backing: Trim saw with 4 inch diamond blade, flat lap with 80 grit diamond lap, glass window pane 12x12 Dopping: Dop sticks, a variety of diameters from ⅜ inch to 3/16, and bamboo skewers all cut 4 inches long, torch with small tip, steel block, water container
  • Cutting and grinding: Lapidary machine (arbor, motor, expanding drums, splash hoods, water bucket with pump and hoses to connect the pump with the splash hoods and a drain hose back to the bucket), diamond polishing belts in grits 220, 600, 1200, 3000

Technique: Metalsmithing

Originally Published: Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist May/June 2013

SKU: EP9156

Author/Speaker/Editor: Sam Patania

File Type: PDF

Format: eProject