Coffs Harbour Lapidary Club president Errol Hagelstein with just a small part of his collection.
Coffs Harbour Lapidary Club president Errol Hagelstein with just a small part of his collection. Emily Burley

Gemstone enthusiasts looking for new home

COFFS Harbour Lapidary Club is putting the call out for new members.

If you're interested in learning how to cut and polish gemstones and rocks, facet gems or silversmith, this is the club for you.

Club members also take field trips to fossick for gemstones, minerals and gold, and operate lapidary machinery like grinding and polishing wheels and trim saws.

The club is also on the hunt for a new premises and needs to relocate urgently.

"Our current premises is an old banana packing shed on private property," vice-president Natalie Avard said.

"The landlord is selling the property and needs to utilise our space."

As a not-for-profit, the club is unable to afford commercial leasing prices.

Once relocated, the club plans to hold open days, annual auctions, weekend workshops and host guest speakers and teachers.

"We once held annual gem and mineral shows at Coffs Harbour which brought stallholders and visitors from across Australia," Ms Avard said.

"We will eventually reintroduce that to hopefully rival the very successful Lismore Gemfest and Glen Innes Minerama."

The club is collaborating with the Mid North Coast Woodworkers and Woolgoolga Art Group to host a free exhibition at the Cavanbah Centre, Harbour Dr, on the weekend of April 23-24.

For more information, visit Coffs Harbour Lapidary Club on Facebook.



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