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:
  2. How Gems are Cut:
  3. How to Distinguish between Good and Bad Gemstone Faceting:

2018 Toowoomba GEMFEST – a great success!!

A big thank you goes out to everyone who attended Gemfest this year, especially to those who travelled long distances to get here. Our visitors from out-of-town not only add to our local economy, but also enjoy purchasing gifts and jewellery while at our Gemfest.

We are pleased to know that our advertising through the Chronicle, High Country Herald, and several local radio stations has alerted many of our local folk to come along to this annual event. Thanks to the photographers who came to take more photos and interview some very happy customers, and to promote Gemfest again next year (19-20 October 2019).

Once again parents and grandparents brought their children to the Fossicking for Children trailer where they could sieve for their own treasures.

Gemstone Identification – a free service to the community – was again highly sought after with people bringing a number of personal jewellery items for testing and identification.

We want to thank the Hon. Mayor Paul Antonio for officially opening Gemfest this year. He and several other Councillors and local dignitaries were able to visit for a while, during their very hectic weekend schedule of appointments.

Gemfest saw the launch of our Toowoomba Lapidary Club’s new uniform – featuring a photo of an Agate Creek (North Queensland) agate – using the dye sublimation process of fusing images onto fabric. The SmartPrint Group (1 Robertson Street, Toowoomba) is a long-time local business who can help you with your club uniforms. We received lots of great comments from the public and visiting lapidary club members who thought our new uniform was fresh and bright, and with a modern twist on the ‘green and gold’.

2018 Gemfest Raffle:  drawn on Tuesday, 11 December 2018

1st prize: Sapphire & diamond ring   P. Eather, Narrabri #1768
2nd prize: Garnet pendant                   S. Pratt, Warwick #0104
3rd prize:  Peridot ear studs                L. Hussey, Toowoomba #1049

Gemfest is proudly supported by the Toowoomba Regional Council being a recipient of a 2018 Community Events Support Grant.