Ever wondered how and why layered cabochons are made? Making these involves thinning and flattening layers of gemstone materials and assembling them with epoxy adhesive followed by shaping them in the normal cabochon process. They are done to utilize gem materials that don't show well when they are thicker like the normal cabochon material. The process is also done to enhance the colors or patterns in various lapidary materials. Typically the lapidary material to be enhanced will be backed with black basalt and topped with clear quartz in the case of a triplet. A doublet will be two layers including a black backing or a quartz top. Materials and supplies to do the process will be supplied by the instructor, though students are encouraged to bring their own lapidary material that they wish to use. The equipment to accomplish the cabochon shaping and polishing are available in the classroom.
There will be a $10 material fee to be paid to the instructor.