From the Clubhouse
Toowoomba Lapidary Club provides tuition and runs many activities throughout the year for its members:
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bF3zpFDSkw
How Gems are Cut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJPxVwe4Zlw
How to Distinguish between Good and Bad Gemstone Faceting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG-vX1OFWXo
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
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.
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
4 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.
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!)