The Canberra Lapidary Club formed in October 2000 following the amalgamation of the Canberra Gem Society Inc. and the ACT Lapidary & Mineral Club Inc. In 2003 the previous Canberra Fossicking and Metal Detecting Club Inc. also joined.
The Club has accumulated a wealth of experience and expertise to share in the many aspects of the craft. Visitors and new members are always welcome at monthly meetings, which are held on the second Thursday of each month (except January) at the Clubhouse. At these meetings there is a guest speaker, discussion of Club affairs and exhibits or demonstrations. This is followed by a light supper.
The Club has workshops and meeting facilities where instruction courses are held on an 'as required' basis in cabochon and opal cutting, jewellery making, faceting and carving.
Outings are held monthly. These are usually day trips but occasionally, two or three day trips are arranged to more distant collecting areas.
The Canberra Lapidary Club is a group member of the Gem & Lapidary Council of NSW and a member of the Australian Federation of Lapidary and Allied Crafts Association.
DATES TO NOTE
2014 Winter Gem Show 31 May and 1 June 2014
The Canberra Lapidary Club's next event is its Winter Show.
The Winter Show will be held in the Mallee Pavilion at EPIC (Exhibition Park off the Federal Highway, Canberra) on Saturday 31 May and Sunday 1 June from 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Entry cost is $5 adults, $9 family, $2 children/concession.
A wide variety of rough and cut gemstones, jewellery, minerals, fossils, opals, crystals, beading supplies and lapidary equipment will be for sale.
Members will demonstrate how to grind and polish rock into cabochons, and how to facet stones into sparkling gems.
Club members’ collections will be on display, and there will be free fossicking and gold detecting sessions.
Dates for the future Canberra Lapidary Club shows are:
Rock Swap 21-22 March 2015
For further information in the first instance on any of these events please contact the Club's Show Convener, Norm Menadue on (02) 6258 6631