Basics to Lapidary: A Virtual Workshop with Alexis Pavlantos


Have you ever wondered how that beautiful smooth stone in the ring on your finger was created? With skilled hands and a discerning eye, the stone is formed through the lapidary techniques of cutting, shaping, and polishing. On Friday, May 8th at 11:00am PST, Jewelry & Metal Arts instructor Alexis Pavlantos invites you into her studio for Basics to Lapidary, a virtual workshop demonstrating how to use lapidary tools and techniques to create a basic cabochon—a non-faceted gemstone—by starting with just a rough specimen.

The event is open to the public and can be joined via Facebook Live on our @AcademyArtJEM page. If you can't tune in to the live stream, no worries! The recording will be accessible through the JEM Facebook, Instagram, as well as the Academy of Art YouTube channel.



Alexis Pavlantos grew up in the mineral heartlands of Tijeras, New Mexico. The daughter of a gemologist and goldsmith, she was immersed in jewelry and rock culture at a young age. With this acquired, or even hereditary passion for creating, she continued her studies at University of New Mexico, where she obtained her BFA in sculpture. After graduation, she moved to the Bay Area in order to pursue a career in the arts. With limited space to create and a background in metalsmithing acquired by childhood knowledge of her mother’s practice, she decided to combine the two worlds making wearable art. Alexis makes all of her jewelry by hand in Oakland, CA. Learn more at