TREASURE HUNT: The Gem, Craft and Treasure Market will be held at Tinana Primary School on Saturday.
TREASURE HUNT: The Gem, Craft and Treasure Market will be held at Tinana Primary School on Saturday. Jocelyn Watts

What's on: It's time to hunt treasure at gem market

FIND yourself a treasure at the Wide Bay-Burnett Gem Clubs Association's second annual market.

The Gem, Craft and Treasure Market will be held at the Tinana Primary School on September 17.

There will be a wide range of goods including gemstones, crystals, jewellery, craft, children's clothes, bric-a-brac along with a sausage sizzle and coffee van.

Members will have a fossicking site and provide a demonstration on stone cutting. Association secretary Trish Flynn said there would be members from five clubs.

"The association is made up of representatives from the five lapidary clubs in the Wide Bay-Burnett region, and is a sub-committee of the Central Queensland Gem Clubs Association," she said.

The five clubs are Nambour Lapidary Club, Gympie Gem Club, Maryborough Gem and Mineral Society, Hervey Bay Gem and Mineral Club, and Bundaberg Gem and Mineral Society.

"The Association and its five member clubs have all been active in their communities for fifty years and more in some instances," Trish said.

"Clubs in the association meet two or three times a year to share information and to keep up with current fossicking regulations.

"These clubs all teach members how to work a piece of stone from its rough state and turn it into a wearable piece of jewellery or decorative item.

"We have quite a few members who enter their work in the national competition each year with some great outcomes and in some cases the International Facet Challenge.

"Shirley Walsh from the Maryborough club has had much success internationally with her faceted stones."


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