Lismore Gem and Lapidary club president Bruce Copper, with calcite and gypsum specimens, is ready for Gemfest.
Lismore Gem and Lapidary club president Bruce Copper, with calcite and gypsum specimens, is ready for Gemfest. Doug Eaton

All the glitters won't be gold

ARE you looking for an engagement ring or hunting for a bargain?

Do you want to own your own meteorite?

Or maybe you need a crystal that recharges you spiritual wellbeing?

Solutions to all your "stone" needs will be sold, swapped or exhibited at the 22nd annual Lismore Gemfest.

Lismore Gem and Lapidary Club president Bruce Copper was expecting up to 6000 visitors between Saturday and Sunday, "providing the weather remains clear".

All aspects of the lapidary hobby, including "gemstones, jewellery, jewellery making equipment and equipment to find gemstones and minerals", would be found at the fest, Mr Copper said.

People could learn about gems or rare stones and even get a bargain on local, national or foreign products.

For gem aficionados, it would be an opportunity to upgrade their collections, swap or sell items.

Carved opals, from Western Queensland, (mounted on red cedar bases) would probably be the most valuable specimens being sold, Mr Copper said.

Some would be worth thousands of dollars.

Sapphires would also be among the most expensive stones on offer, with some from Queensland expected to be worth more than $10,000.

The rarest specimens were expected to be meteorites, fossils and uncommon minerals, which normally awed the young, due to the air of mystery surrounding them.

The annual gemfest was organised by the club's 105 members.

The rarest specimens are expected to be meteorites, fossils and uncommon minerals.



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