About the Canberra Lapidary Club...

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 normally 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.

Next Event - 2022 Rock Swap

The 2022 Rock Swap will be held on Saturday, Sunday & Monday 12 to 14 March.


Location: Parrot Park, EPIC (Exhibition Park off the Federal Highway), Canberra.

Entry fee: free

Dealers and fossickers will be there selling jewellery, gemstones, fossils, rocks, mineral specimens and lapidary supplies.

It will be a fun three days filled with activities for the whole family - lucky dips, sapphire sieving, gold panning, sausage sizzle and much more.

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Future Dates to Note in your Diary...

Rock Swap - 12, 13 & 14 March 2022

18 & 19 March 2023

16 & 17 March 2024

22 & 23 March 2025

Winter Gem Show - 21 & 22 May 2022

20 & 21 May 2023

25 & 26 May 2024

24 & 25 May 2025

Spring Gem Show - 29 & 30 October 2022

28 & 29 October 2023

26 & 27 October 2024

25 & 26 October 2025

For further information on any of these events, please contact the Club’s Show Convener, Norm Menadue on (02) 6258 6631,
Email : nmenadue@optusnet.com.au

WORKSHOP OPENING HOURS: Tuesday: 10am-2pm and 7pm-10pm | Thursday:10am-2pm and 7pm-10pm | Saturday:10am-2pm and 2pm-5pm