Are you interested in looking for rocks and gems?
Are you interested in learning how to prepare a stone for polishing?
We welcome visitors and new members!
Have fun, share experiences and learn from the experts in our midst!
We had previously established a workshop at The Original Gold Rush Colony at Mogo which was devastated by bushfires in January. It is very exciting to announce a new partnership with Batemans Bay Heritage Museum providing us with a place from which to operate.
Please note: Changes to location and opening times
Meetings have now commenced, following Covid 19 guidelines, and are held on the 4th Wednesday of every month.
The next general meeting, will be held on Wednesday 28th January, commencing at 12 pm at Batemans Bay Heritage Museum.
Our workshop day has changed to Thursday, alternating between the grounds of Batemans Bay Heritage Museum and the President’s home, from 10 am to 2 pm. Please remember Covid restrictions apply and members will need to contact us if planning to come. Please refer to the news page or the calendar for further details.
Please note: The last workshop day for 2020 is 3rd December.
Join us for a meeting where we discuss club matters and correspondence from affiliated lapidary clubs, report on excursions held, plan new trips and activities and examine “show and tell” specimens of fossils, gems, minerals and items of interest brought along by members.
We welcome members to undertake courses, in cutting, polishing and cabochon making.
We conduct fossicking trips and visits to sites of geological interest in our local area. Weekend excursions are held regionally and at times, extended interstate fossicking trips.
Lapidary is the art of cutting and polishing stone. There are four basic lapidary arts: tumbling, cabbing, faceting, and carving.
Rough gem material is placed into a tumbler, a revolving barrel with abrasives. Progressively finer grits or abrasives are used until the gem is polished. This process closely resembles what happens to rocks in a stream or on the beach.
Cabbing or cabochon cutting is probably the most common form of lapidary arts. Cabochons or “cabs” are gems cut with a flat bottom and a curved or domed top.
Through a mechanical process of cutting surfaces on a piece of crystal, beautiful gems are created. At present, as we don’t have access to a faceting machine, no faceting activities are being undertaken.