Club is a real gem

EVER been interested in lapidary? What about fossicking? Well you can do all this and more at the Gem Club.

The hobby allows members to gain skills working with precious and semi precious stones.

President Peter Dakin said skills varied from member to member depending on their interest.

"Some are keener than others," he said.

The clubs 40 members regularly look for precious stones and petrified wood or Gympie's own gemstone called gympieite on local properties.

Mr Dakin said members enjoyed finding garnets and sapphires were found at Glen Innes, petrified wood at Chinchilla and fossicking gold over a three-day trip to Kybong.

The club was established on June 3, 1966, in an old flour room of a disused bakery in Stewart Tce and this was home to the club for eight years before it moved to its present location along the Bruce Hwy.

Back in 1999 when the club was in the old bakery it was closed due to flood damage, in 2011 the club was closed again due to the floods and relocated to the Gold Mining Museum, but they are now back at the highway location.

The Gem Club is open from 9am-3pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for silver and microscope work, lapidary, cabbing and faceting.

Membership for single active members is $25, juniors (12-17) $20 and families $47.

There is a joining fee of $10 for all active members including junior and family memberships.

General meetings are held at the clubhouse on the fourth Wednesday of each month at midday.

To find out more about the club and its activities, please phone president Peter Dakin on 5484 3109.

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