Gem society instructor Sandra Jensen attaches rings.
Gem society instructor Sandra Jensen attaches rings. ROB BARICH

Glittering occasion is set to rock

AN extra sparkle will be added to Bundaberg Civic Centre when the Bundaberg Gem and Mineral Society’s annual gem fair kicks off this weekend.

Traders from across Queensland and New South Wales will be at the show tomorrow with a variety of rough and cut gemstones, jewellery, fossils, crystals, minerals and lapidary supplies.

“There will be about 40 stalls — the whole of the civic centre, the main room and the foyer, will be full,” Bundaberg Gem and Mineral Society president Trish Flynn said.

Mrs Flynn said the fair would also be the perfect opportunity to get some early Christmas shopping completed.

“There will be plenty of jewellery, lots of handmade jewellery, which is something we haven’t had as much of in the past few years,” she said.

As well as the professional traders, also on show will be work from members of the society.

“We will have displays up the front as well as work done by junior members,” Mrs Flynn said.

The junior members of the club range in age from eight to 16.

“Kids love rocks and once you show them you can actually do something with them they are fascinated,” Mrs Flynn said.

She said the club had been impressed with the standard and quality of work completed by the juniors.

The fair will also give the opportunity for browsers to try their luck with hourly lucky door prizes and a daily raffle.

“We have a garnet ring on Saturday and a garnet necklace on the Sunday,” she said.

The year marks Mrs Flynn’s 14th year working on the gem fair.

“It goes from year to year,” she said.

“Once this year’s one is finished we will start working on next year’s fair.”

The fair will also feature working demonstrations throughout the day.

For more information on this weekend’s gem fair, telephone 4155 1500

Details
  • WHAT: Bundaberg Gem and Mineral Society annual gem fair
  • WHEN: Saturday, 9am to 5pm and Sunday 9am to 3pm
  • WHERE: Bundaberg Civic Centre
  • COST: $3 entry, free for under 12s


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