From the Clubhouse

 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)

How Gem Cutting influences the Value

How Gems are Cut

How to Distinguish between Good and Bad Gemstone Faceting:

 GEMFEST – Gems & Jewellery … ALL FOR SALE

21-22 October 2017

For 37 years now, the Toowoomba Lapidary Club has organised Gemfest for the residents and visitors of Toowoomba – starting back in 1981. Proudly supported by the Toowoomba Regional Council, it’s a great place to buy that jewellery gift for someone special. You’ve just got to come and see it for yourself. There’s something for everyone! There’s a free gemstone identification service, and the Fossicking for Children activity

Gemfest Corflutes

First-time visitors to Gemfest are always blown away when they enter the main hall. Children’s eyes just widen with surprise.

There are three fabulous jewellery raffle prizes to be won and tickets are $1.00 each.


2017 Gemfest raffle prizes

1st PRIZE:       Natural Sapphire ring set in 9ct gold (2 diamond side stones)                    Valued $1400
2nd PRIZE:      Natural Green Quartz ring set in sterling silver (topaz side stones)             Valued $380
3rd PRIZE:      Natural Almandine Garnet earrings set in sterling silver                                 Valued $60

 Where can you meet up

with members of the Toowoomba Lapidary Club?


Come to our clubhouse on a Tuesday or Thursday evening

TLC Pull Up Banner4 William Street.




Come to the 2017 Senior’s Information Expo:

Wednesday, 23 August between

8.30 am and 2.30 pm

Free entry and over 70 stalls to check out.

HumeRidge Church of Christ

461 Hume Street, Toowoomba.




You’ll find the Toowoomba Lapidary Club members there too.

They will be displaying some of the work done by their club members – cabochon and free-form cutting, carving, faceting, and silversmithing.

The three Gemfest raffle prizes will be on display too, and you can purchase tickets there (as well as at Gemfest in October) … prizes will be drawn two weeks before Christmas.

 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!)