It takes years and years for nature and its elements— dirt, rock, water, and sand— to smooth a rock's surface. But a rock tumbler can get you those same results in considerably less time. Whether you're just getting started in the hobby of lapidary, or you've been polishing rocks for decades, you'll find the rock tumbling equipment and accessories you need below. For true rock hounds, the hunt for rocks and for information can be insatiable, so our rock books and gem guides for lapidaries of all levels will help you find what you're looking for. Click here for rock picks.
About Lortone: For over 50 years, serious lapidaries have considered LORTONE the standard for performance and durability. Located in Mukilteo, Washington, north of Seattle, LORTONE has a long history of producing high value, economical lapidary and jewelry equipment built to last for many years. Their tradition of using superior materials and workmanship continues, using proven designs, premium steel and quality construction.
About Raytech Industries: Raytech Industries, a division of Lyman Products Corporation, specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality gem cutting, polishing, finishing equipment and accessories for everyone; from the hobbyist to the industrial user.
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Rockhounding for Kids
A lapidary is an artist or artisan who forms stone, mineral, and gemstones into decorative items. Lapidary is one of the most fun and educational hobbies you can introduce your children to. Getting your kids started on rock polishing helps get them on the road to a lifelong interest in nature and the world around them. Rock polishing is not only a learning experience— it also leads to a beautiful finished product that kids will be proud to show off.
Imitation of nature. Rock tumblers are designed to imitate a natural process. Over time, as stones in the river or ocean get tossed around by the water and rolled against each other and against the sand, they lose their rough edges and become smooth and silky to the touch. Rock polishing recreates this natural process in a small machine that kids can operate themselves, teaching them about the nature of water and how the stones they see got to be the way they are.
What lies beneath. Rocks and gemstones can also educate children on geography. When a rough, dull stone is put into a rock tumbler, the hidden colors and stripes in the stone are often brought to the surface. Kids can then learn all about how stones are formed over time and what makes up the landscape in their own backyards.
A beautiful result. Introducing your children to the hobby of lapidary allows them to create a beautiful final product that they can use as jewelry or decoration in their rooms. Kids love polished rocks and will enjoy helping to create them. Want to get your children interested in science and the world around them? This is sure to do the trick!