Waterloo Bay Lapidary Club's Annual Gem Show

Waterloo Bay Lapidary Club's Annual Gem Show


Posted 2014-08-26 by Tony Dyerfollow

Sat 30 Aug 2014

Do you like the sparkle of gems and jewellery – notice there's no question mark because that's a rhetorical question. It goes without saying you love gems and jewellery; who doesn't? (That's probably a rhetorical question as well).

You will not only be able to see the sparkle but also learn how that sparkle is put into what starts out as plain and dull rocks and stones.

Join in the enthralling world of lapidary, faceting and jewellery making at the Waterloo Bay Lapidary Club 's 47th annual fund raising Gem Show at the Hemmant Community Hall, Hemmant and Tingalpa Roads, Hemmant. All the action is on Saturday, 30 August, 2014 commencing at 9.00am and continuing until 3.00pm.

Give yourself another thrill and come by train – the Community Hall is right across the road from the Hemmant Railway Station.

Admission is: Adults, $3; Pensioners, $2; and children under 12 years are free.

The Gem Show covers both the inside and out of the Community Hall. Masses of loose stones and made up jewellery will set your mouth watering. There will be glittering gemstones, fiery opals, clear crystals, ancient fossils (how did they know I was going to be there?), minerals, beads of every colour and all manner of lapidary supplies.

The traders inside the hall will have the gems as well as the right tools and machinery if you decide you want to start learning how to make your own beautiful jewellery.

Members of the Waterloo Bay Lapidary Club will be showcasing their talents with a display of work done by its members. The Club's workshop, which is under the hall, will be open for tours to see the equipment used to make the beautiful jewellery on display.

In the grounds outside the hall you will be able to meet the 'Tailgaters'. These are the lapidary hobbyists who will thrill you with their passion for the art and with their stories of great finds and superlative cutting adventures.

At some stage in your travels you are going to need a break and the organisers have that covered. The Soft Rock Café will be open upstairs in the hall where you will find a wide selection of delectable, homemade treats such as, sausages, steak sandwiches, fettuccini and meatballs as well as a variety of sandwiches. For the sweet tooth there will be pikelets, jam and cream, homemade cakes and slices. Sweet or savoury they can all be washed down with a tea, coffee or soft drink.

Make sure you find out early just where The Soft Rock Café is because, should you have a win in the raffles drawn at 2.00pm, you are going to need a strong coffee and a sit down to get over your amazement. The reason being, you will have just won a magnificent handmade necklace and earrings of blue lace agate set in a filigree design with a Certificate of Valuation for an insurance value of $2,250. Or you may have won the handmade 9 carat yellow gold and silver bracelet with a suspended, faceted purple and blue iolite. With this prize you will receive a Certificate of Valuation for an insurance value of $1,850. If it's not one of those you win then it could be the handmade 9 carat yellow gold and pear shaped fresh water pearl earrings with a zigzag top and a Certificate of Valuation for an insurance value of $750.

Tickets are only $1 each and can be purchased while you are browsing at the big Gem Show. This is one raffle you will want to be in or you're going to kick yourself for missing out.

The Waterloo Bay Lapidary Club Inc. is affiliated with Queensland Lapidary and Allied Craft Clubs Association Inc. and is happy to help anybody who might be interested in the lapidary arts. If what you see gets your juices flowing, the Club extends a cordial welcome to you to join in at any of their workshop sessions. You can do so at the Club room at these times:

Monday, 7.00pm to 9.30pm to see Lapidary, Faceting and Silverwork.
Tuesday, 9.30am to 2.00pm to see Faceting and Silverwork.
Wednesday, 9.30am to 12.30pm to see Lapidary and Faceting.

At the sessions you will understand why lapidary, the art of gem cutting, is a rewarding and enjoyable hobby for people of all ages. You will watch, and sometimes join, members of the Waterloo Bay Lapidary Club transform rough rock into a lovely polished cabochon. Then the silverwork class teaches how to fit it into a silver or gold setting. It is truly amazing how a nondescript stone and some metal can be transformed into such beauty.

For further information see our page here or email [email protected]

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