About the West of Scotland Mineral and Lapidary Society

The West of Scotland Mineral and Lapidary Society was founded in 1966 by a group of people who had a common interest in collecting, studying, and polishing semi-precious stones. For the last 25 years the Society’s clubroom has been based in Knightswood Community Centre, Knightswood, Glasgow.

The primary aim of the Society is to foster an interest in natural minerals, Lapidary (the cutting, shaping, and polishing of stones) and in the craftmanship required both for lapidary and its associated crafts on a non-commercial basis. The Society has now extended its skillset to include silversmithing and enamelling.

The Society tries to further the interests and knowledge of its members with activities including tutored workshops and training, talks, field trips for the collection of local stones, pebbles and fossils, and social events. We also regularly participate in Open Days and Craft Fairs organised by the Knightswood Community SCIO.


The Society welcomes new members. Please contact us for further information on our activities or to arrange a visit. Visits for those interested in Lapidary on Tuesdays (2-5pm) and for Enamelling on Wednesdays or Thursdays (2-5pm). Alternatively contact us to arrange a visit/tour at an alternative time.