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Get your Rocks On at the Gem Festival
The 33rd Gem and Jewellery Festival, which is hosted annually by the North Brisbane Lapidary Club Inc, will be held on Saturday March 4th and Sunday March 5th at the Bracken Ridge High School, Barfoot Street, Bracken Ridge.
The Club has been in existence for 50 years and has over 250 members.
Over the two days of the Festival, over 2000 visitors are expected to visit and see and/or buy the rough stones, mineral specimens, fossils, cut stones, beads, crystals, opals, pearls, lapidary machinery and books pertaining to lapidary, as well as jewellery.
There will be faceting demonstrations by members of the Australian Facetors Guild. The 2017 Festival has "Queensland Gemstones" as its theme.
Agates found in Queensland are some of the most stunning Agates found anywhere in the world, and these are popular as semi-precious gemstones and are used extensively in modern jewellery. The colours of Agate Creek agates vary from yellows and greens to blues and reds and soft pinks and white.
Over 30 dealers will have for sale a wide range of coloured gemstones like opals, sapphires, tourmalines, zircons, rubies, pearls and more. The range of gems available will be one of the largest seen in one site in south-east Queensland
Hand manufactured silver and copper jewellery by members of the Club will be on show.
While most people would expect sapphires to be blue they are actually mined in a wide variety of colours from white to green, yellow, blue, blue-green, blue-yellow and pink. These colours are not normally seen in retail jewellery stores. The festival will provide an ideal opportunity for visitors to purchase a unique Queensland gem.
Jewellers in attendance will be selling a wide range of both set and unset jewellery. It will be possible for visitors to select a special gem and have it set in a setting of your choice at the show.
Other affiliated interests are also catered for with displays and sales of fossils, crystals and minerals.
For the hobbyist, a full range of tools, machinery and supplies will also be on sale.
Take time to talk to members of the North Brisbane Lapidary Club and find out about the activities. Finding and cutting gemstones could be your next great adventure. Children will be able to get an introduction to fossicking; sieving gemstone wash and finding their very own coloured treasures.
Food and hot and cold drinks will be on sale.
An ATM will be available on-site.
Admission prices – adults $4, children $1, family $8. opening hours 8:30am – 4:30pm on Saturday; 8:30am – 3:00pm on Sunday.
The event is supported by the Lord Mayor's Suburban Initiative Fund and the Bracken Ridge Ward.