Gem carving

photo Gem carving


Jade, crystal, agate, and other precious stones are known as gems. They are carved to create pieces like tea bowls and incense containers. Carved gem artworks utilize the natural colors and patterns of precious stones.


  1. 1.A design is created that makes use of the raw stone's natural patterns.
  2. 2.Multiple fine, straight lines are carved in the surface along the shape of the piece.
  3. 3.Sand is applied to the iron tip of a polishing machine and rotated to cut away the gem.
  4. 4.A wooden utensil with polishing powder applied to it is used to burnish the piece and it is complete.
  • "What Are Traditional Crafts? -A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying-" Edited by the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Branch. Published by Unsodo Reference artworks