photo Gemcarving


Jade, agate, crystal and other hard precious stones are known as gems. These materials are carved to create objects such as tea bowls and incense containers.


Did you know?

The marvelous thing about carved gem works is the colors and patterns of the natural precious stones themselves.


How to do gem carving

  1. (1) Create a design that takes advantage of the raw stone's natural patterns
  2. (2) Create comb-tooth lines in the surface, following the shape of the object
  3. (3) Apply sand to the iron tip of a polishing machine and rotate it to cut away the gem
  4. (4) Burnish it with a wooden implement with polishing powder applied to it, and it's complete!
  • "What Are Traditional Crafts? -A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying-" Edited by the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Branch. Published by Unsodo / List of works English translation: Kazuko Todate (Art critic / Art historian)


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