Welcome to the International Lapidary Association Website.
| I would like to extend to you a warm welcome.
This site is part of an ongoing work that began when Hale Sweeny's
Lapidary Digest ceased publication. I was a member of his digest
at that time and being new to lapidary and also in a rural area I
had come to depend on Hale's list to give me the benefits of professional
level mentors that a member of a local gem and mineral club might
enjoy. I could not see a future without the resource that his list
had become for me and many others. As a result I started the Lapidary
Arts Digest on October 15, 2000.
A digest dedicated to continuing Hale's fine work and to preservation
of his original work should it become unavailable via any other sources.
On November 1, 1996 Jerry Dewbre started his Faceters Digest. A e-mail
list for faceters and faceting. As time passed operation of the "Faceters
Digest" was taken up Don Clark then Paul Ahlstedt and a brief
time by Thurmond Moore III (me). My brief ownership of that list
is the reason for my combined list today. The multi-topic lapidary
list began on November 4, 2002. This new combined topical digest
is for all lovers of Lapidary Arts of any kind from mineral collecting
to mining, from gemology to gem cutting, faceting and cabbing, jewelry
manufacturing, casting, equipment or any thing related, from rocks
to finished work.