A hidden gem unveiled in Monto
A HIDDEN gem will be unveiled next month as the Monto Lapidary Club throws open its doors for an open day.
The club, an unpolished diamond for so long, is now gleaming thanks to a grant under the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, which allowed it to purchase ceiling insulation, eight more grinding wheels, a trim saw, block-out curtains, LED workbench lights, LED ceiling lights and workbench stools.
Club treasurer Mary Sharp said the open day will be a "hands on” experience, especially for kids.
"Kids love nothing more than finding shiny, blingy things,” she said.
Among other events, the open day will feature fossicking "for those who want to get messy,” Ms Sharp said.
She said, while lapidary might not appeal so much to kids under the age of 12, the aspect of collecting and fossicking for rocks and especially fossils is one that many children respond to.
"There's a lot of learning to be done from that,” she said.
Ms Sharp followed her son into lapidary.
"He joined when he was 14 or 15 so I had to go with him,” she said.
Although her son is no longer involved in lapidary, he's still helping the club: he sourced from his work heavy duty rubber matting to cover their hard concrete floors.
"So now when a stone jumps out of your fingers, it doesn't shatter on the floor,” Ms Sharp said.
The open day is on Saturday, October 12 from 9am - 4pm at Sunshine House on Rutherford St.
It will feature wire wrapping, faceting, cutting and polishing demonstrations, qualified gemmologists and valuers, kids' treasure hunt, rock painting and rock digs, displays, refreshments and gemstones for sale.
Everyone is welcome to this free event.