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Redcliffe Gem Show

Story: John Sayles | Photo: Terri Hanlon Photography
Apr 25, 2019
Redcliffe Gem Show
Half-a-century strong, gem show still shines bright. 

The annual Redcliffe Gem show has been running for nearly half a century but it’s lost none of its shine. 

The two-day event, which is in its 47th year, will be held on 4 and 5 May, and is expected to attract more than 2,000 people 

Formed in 1965, the Redcliffe Gem Club is renowned for the quality of their work, ranging from faceting gems, to fabricating silver and gold and forming beautiful objects from various raw materials.

Redcliffe Gem Club member Natasha Williams said there would be something for everyone at the show.

“(There will be) gem sales, displays of opal, sapphire, crystal, beads and jewellery,” Natasha said.

The activities for children will include mining for gems, ‘Sieve-A-Gem’ and the popular ‘Pet Rocks’ as well as lucky dips. Additionally, there will be hourly lucky door prizes, jewellery raffles and a variety of food and drink on sale.

The event is organised by a dedicated team of club members whose own fascination with gems dates back to childhood.

Club Secretary, Chris McAneny, said his mother introduced him to fossicking and gem collecting at a young age.

“We were always going on fossicking trips for raw materials. Places like Tiaro or Mount Tamborine in Qld, or just over the border at Doon Doon and Mount Warning in NSW,” Chris said.

Member Ian Seys remembers his first visit to a gem show, which inspired a lifelong fascination with lapidary.

“I was in awe of the items on show and to see what started as a mere rock, become such an item of beauty,” Ian said.

Their enthusiasm and fascination is sure to rub off on those who visit the show. Whether you have a professional interest in gems, you’re after a beautiful gift, or you’re looking for a fun family outing, you will not want to miss this show.

Find out more about the Redcliffe Gem Show and the club via www.redcliffegemclub.org.au

THE REDCLIFFE GEM SHOW

Saturday 4 May & Sunday 5 May
9am – 4pm
Southern Cross Catholic College
Nottingham St, Kippa Ring

Entry on the day is $5 for adults
Free entry for children under 16
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