Bob Maher of Goonellabah prepares stones ahead of Gemfest on the weekend. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Bob Maher of Goonellabah prepares stones ahead of Gemfest on the weekend. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Fossick about for gems an annual Gemfest

SHINY stones and precious gems will be in abundance at the 24th annual Gemfest at Lismore Showground this weekend.

Hosted by the Lismore Gem and Lapidary Club, Lismore Gemfest is the largest annual show in NSW purely dedicated to lapidary and allied crafts.

The club is predicting between 5000-6000 people will visit Gemfest.

IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • Saturday 9-5pm and Sunday 9-3pm
  • Lismore Showground
  • Camping permitted at the Showground
  • Cost: Adults $5 and children $1
  • Parking free

Showground pavilions will be filled with trade stands and dealers selling and displaying minerals, fossils, cutting material, cut stones, jewellery findings, tools, machinery and finished jewellery.

Exhibitors from all across Australia, from amateurs to the most experienced professionals, travel to Lismore for the annual event.

From meteorites to minerals, gold nuggets to rough stones for cutting, to finished jewellery in all price ranges will ensure there's something for everyone of all ages.

Lismore Gem and Lapidary Club member Bob Maher is looking forward to a big weekend at Gemfest where he will be looking after the gem fossick.

"The gem fossick has been keeping the kids happy for years," he said.

"From 18 months to eighty-years-old, they absolutely love it."

Jewellery making and craft demonstrations will be held across the weekend. Caterers will provide a variety of food over the two days of Gemfest.

Camping is permitted at the showground, giving Gemfest attendees the opportunity to explore the Northern Rivers region.