CQ gem show set to sparkle
ALL the colours of the spectrum will be covered when the Central Queensland Gem Show glistens and gleams its way into town this weekend.
Stunning gem stones and crystals of various shapes and sizes will be on display for all to admire as part of the annual event being held in Gladstone today and tomorrow.
The show will feature local and interstate traders, demonstrations, jewellery cleaning and sales plus there will be the opportunity to buy your very own gem stones and crystals.
Hosted by the Gladstone Gem Club, the event will be held at the Gladstone Showgrounds from 9am to 5.30pm today and from 9am to 2pm tomorrow.
Central Queensland Gem Club secretary Roslyn van der Mark said the Gem Show was an annual event hosted by one of the five gem clubs across the region which includes Gladstone, Rockhampton, Biloela, Monto and Yeppoon.
Ms van der Mark said each year the host club was alternated.
“It all started from the people who belonged to the clubs wanting to put on a show to display their hobby and let others know what they do,” Ms van der Mark said.
“We generally get a good response and attract a lot of traders who bring cut and uncut and set and unset stones to display and sell.
“There are also findings for those who want to bring in a stone and let someone at the show set the stone for you.
“Also on sale will be lapidary equipment used to cut, polish or set stones.
“The show is open to all the community not just those with an interest in the hobby.”
Entry to the event is $3 adults, $2 students and concessions and children under five years are free.