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Gem Show Rocks The Peninsula

Story: Redcliffe Guide
Apr 25, 2018
Gem Show Rocks the Peninsula
More than 200 traders are set to sparkle this month as they converge over two glittering days at the 46th annual Redcliffe Gem Show.

Redcliffe Gem Club president Graeme Dick says the event is very popular and provides an opportunity to bring together the public and the lapidary industry.

“The show is well known by the Queensland lapidary fraternity as one of the best and well-organised gem shows on the industry show circuit,” he says.

“It is extremely well patronised by the industry, and trading spaces are sold out well in advance of show dates.

“Interested guests and the gem and jewellery industry can meet and purchase items from raw materials and machinery through to finished jewellery and gemstones,” he says.

Graeme says due to its long history, proven track record and a growing interest in lapidary within the general community, the show is once again shaping up to be a great success.

“The show will provide a wide range of interesting displays and activities for all ages,” he says.

“For children, there is sieving for gemstones, mining for gems, thunderegg cutting and lucky dips.

“While for adults, the scope is even wider with a vast assortment of jewellery on show, limitless gemstones from low cost through to top dollar Australian sapphires and opals, new and second-hand lapidary machinery, plus active displays of gemstone cutting and faceting.   

“There is also a high-value jewellery raffle, a barista-run coffee wagon and even a continental sausage stand featuring a range of kranskies and knackwurst.

“On show will be displays of members work as well as live demonstrations of silversmithing, so make sure you allow plenty of time as there is so much to see and do.” 

Graeme says the event is a drawcard for the local area and is great for local tourism.

“The Gem Show not only caters for its local members but also for people from northern New South Wales through to Bundaberg,” he says.

“Some traders come from as far away as Victoria, following the gem show circuit along the Queensland coast during the winter months and all of this movement brings significant tourist dollars into the Moreton Bay region by way of accommodation, meals and more.”

For info, visit

Redcliffe Gem Show

5-6 May 9am to 4pm daily
Southern Cross Catholic College
Nottingham Street, Kippa-Ring
P 3283 4834