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Gem & Jewellery Festival 2016

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North Brisbane Lapidary Club is proudly presenting their 32nd annual 'Gem & Jewellery Festival 2016' at Bracken Ridge High School on the weekend of March 5th and 6th 2016.

The North Brisbane Lapidary Club is a not for profit group, involved in cutting and polishing rocks and gemstones, and over two big days members will proudly showcase a wide and diverse range of vibrant gemstones and one of a kind jewellery at this family-friendly event.

Visitors will be invited to peruse and purchase rough stones, mineral specimens, fossils, cut stones, beads, crystals, opals, pearls, lapidary machinery, books pertaining to lapidary and handcrafted silver jewellery created by members of the Lapidary Clubs.

Some of the highlights on show include a range of sapphires. Sapphires are generally thought of as a blue gem, but sapphires occur naturally in a wide range of colours, including white (clear), green, yellow, pink, orange, and blue/green or yellow/blue parti coloured. Most of these colours are produced on the central Queensland gem fields and will be on sale at the festival direct from the miners.

Opal miners from western Queensland and north west New South Wales will also have a large range of rough opals for the lapidaries as well as quality cut and polished opals ready to be set in a special setting available for sale.

Several manufacturing jewellers will be on hand selling one off designs or talking to visitors about their own special designs. Visitors will have the option to select an unusual coloured gemstone like tanzanite, tourmaline, aquamarine, garnets, peridot and have the stone set in their own settings. There will be also pendants, rings and earrings in sterling silver or gold for sale, ready to fit that special stone.

For the collectors, there will be a large variety of fossils, both from Australia and around the world on sale from one of Queensland's leading fossil traders. Several dealers will have mineral and rock specimens for sale from all parts of the world. This is a unique opportunity to talk to the dealers and view the range of unusual minerals on sale.

Anyone who interested in cutting gemstones will be able to talk to members of the Australian Facetors' Guild, who will be demonstrating the use of a faceting machine to turn rocks into beautiful sparkling gems.

Members of the Gemological Association of Australia will be available to talk to visitors about careers in gemmology or gemstone valuations also.

For the children there will be a fossicking stand where they will be shown how to sieve and wash a tub of mineral gravel and then search for their own semi precious gemstones. A miniature underground mine produces faceted stones for the junior miners.

An ATM is available for visitors and a canteen will provide morning teas and a variety of food from sandwiches to bacon and egg burgers. Cold drinks will also be available throughout the day.

The festival will be held at Bracken Ridge State High School at Barfoot Street, Bracken Ridge from 8.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday 5th March and 8.30am to 3pm on Sunday 6th March 2016. For more information, contact Ray on 0437 737 846 or by email at or visit the website

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When: March 5 - March 6
Where: Bracken Ridge State High School
Cost: Children $1; Adults $4; Family $8
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