Erin Gale, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum Assistant, has a look back at the Gladstone District Gem, Rock & Mineral Club’s 50 year history.
Erin Gale, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum Assistant, has a look back at the Gladstone District Gem, Rock & Mineral Club’s 50 year history.

50 Years of Gems exhibition celebrates club's anniversary

ART lovers will take a shine to a new exhibit in Gladstone.

The exhibition, 50 Years of Gems, celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the Gladstone District Gem, Rock and Mineral Club.

The exhibition will be launched on May 17.

The club has moved premises a number of times but has been meeting at the Gladstone Showgrounds regularly since 1978, workshopping techniques and developing their skills.

From faceting to silversmithing, club members have a flair for lapidary crafts, fine metalwork and cabochon cutting, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum curator Jo Duke said.

"The exhibition is brimming with pieces to see and learn about. The talented members of the group should be very proud of what they have achieved in the last 50 years and we hope their success continues," she said.

The display showcases their efforts across two exhibition spaces.

Stunning semi-precious gems and handmade ornate jewellery line the cabinets of the first room and in the other space stand precisely cut and polished natural and synthetic rocks.

Other interesting finds such as fossils and meteorite pieces can also be seen in this space as well as a series of photos contributed by club members.

Local MP Liz Cunningham will launch the exhibition on Saturday at 10am.



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