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A person who cuts, polishes, engraves, or deals in gems.
Middle English lapidarie from Old French lapidaire from Latin lapidārius from lapis lapid- stone
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin lapidārius (“of stones") (later used as a noun "˜stone-cutter'), from lapis (“stone").
There is also a considerable number of lapidary inscriptions edited in vol.
They are subject to considerable internal strain, as is shown by the fact that when struck with a hammer or sliced with a lapidary's saw they often burst into fragments.
But these were used almost exclusively for lapidary inscriptions.
Even chain stores found in malls can often accommodate loose stones either through their regular lapidary or via a setting and styling event.
Most diamonds go from a miner to a cutter (lapidary) to an international buyer or wholesaler, to a jeweler, and finally to the consumer.
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