Lismore Gem & Lapidary Club treasurer Bruce Copper believes the ability to see interesting minerals, gems and fossils at the show is second to none. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Lismore Gem & Lapidary Club treasurer Bruce Copper believes the ability to see interesting minerals, gems and fossils at the show is second to none. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Passion shines in Lismore gem show

WHEN industrial chemist, Bruce Copper, arrived on the Northern Rivers in 1999 it didn’t take long before he and his wife got involved with Gemfest.

“I hadn’t heard of it when I moved up here,” Mr Copper explained.

“I always liked this part of the world and my wife always regarded it as home.

“We joined the local lapidary club soon after moving and not long after that we started to help with Gemfest.”

Mr Copper is now the treasurer of the Lismore Gem and Lapidary Club.

He has seen it grow from a fairly small event to the largest show of its kind in Australia.

“A lot of hard work has gone into it so we’re very proud of that,” Mr Copper said.

Gemfest is on this weekend, attracting lapidary fans from interstate and locally, and bringing in families for a fun day out.

“In this area there’s a lot of people who make jewellery, cut stones, and do those things on a small commercial scale,” Mr Copper said.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for those people to get the supplies they need.

“This show is devoted entirely to the lapidary crafts ... anything to do with stones and jewellery and the craft of either making the stuff up or cutting the stones.

“There’s something there for everybody.

“We also run sand sivving and gem sivving ... the kids spend hours out there sorting through the stones and going away with a bag full of them.”

Mr Copper said there will be a $1 lucky dip of tumbled stones and crystals there as well, designed to get kids interested in the craft.

Gemfest will run on Saturday from 9am until 5pm and Sunday from 9am until 3pm at the Lismore Showgrounds.

Entry is $5 for adults and $1 for kids.



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