From the Clubhouse

The Toowoomba Lapidary Club provides tuition and runs many activities throughout the year for its members:

Semi-precious stone cutting

Faceting / Gem cutting

Silversmithing courses

Field trips and fossicking excursions are frequently run for the keen ‘rockhounds’


Tips on purchasing gemstones

One of the most important occasions when we purchase a gemstone set in jewellery is for an ENGAGEMENT ring. It is quite a considerable outlay of money, and represents a promise of marriage and a symbol of commitment to join in a lifelong relationship.

  • How do you know you’re buying a natural gemstone?
  • Could the gemstone be man-made, synthetic or simulated?
  • Can you tell if the gemstone has been well cut?
  • Had you planned on asking anyone for advice before making this extraordinary purchase?

Well, here’s a little bit of help … 

Video tutorials on gemstone cutting (by John Dyer)

  1. How Gem Cutting influences the Value:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bF3zpFDSkw
  2. How Gems are Cut:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJPxVwe4Zlw
  3. How to Distinguish between Good and Bad Gemstone Faceting:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG-vX1OFWXo

2017 GEMFEST – Thanks to all who came!

On 21–22 October, the Toowoomba Lapidary Club hosted another very successful  Gemfest – Gem & Jewellery Show at the Centenary Heights High School. We want to thank everyone in the community who came along, checked out the incredible selection of gemstones and jewellery, mineral and fossil specimens that were all for sale. The free gemstone identification service provided by club member and member of the Gemmological Association of Australia was extremely well patronised.

Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you in 2018 when Gemfest will be held on the weekend of 20–21 October 2018.

2017 Gemfest Raffle prizes drawn on 12 December

1st prize #1386   B McCullough, Toowoomba.
2nd prize #193    S Pratt, Warwick.
3rd prize #869    T Wapstra, Kleinton.


 2017 Toowoomba GEMFEST – Thanks to the Chronicle

Our club wishes to thank the Toowoomba Chronicle for their special effort to promote our 2017 Toowoomba Gemfest.


Nearby events

The QLD Museum in Brisbane has a display on the ground floor with precious and semi-precious minerals very much worth your time seeing (it’s also completely free!)

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