The South Burnett Gem and Fossicking Club held its first gem show at the weekend in Kingaroy … and were blown away by the number of visitors it attracted.
Leah and Neville Wright, from Wattle Camp, started the club about three years and it has steadily grown to 46 members from across the South Burnett.
The weekend gem show was held at Kingaroy Showgrounds on Saturday and Sunday.
There were 21 stalls outside in the sunshine, plus another 22 in the main showgrounds pavilion.
Stalls featured everything from precious and semi-precious gem stones, in rough or polished form, to jewellery, mineral samples and fossils.
There were plenty of bargains to be had, including large chunks of colourful rocks just waiting to be cut and polished.
Leah said the club focussed on lapidary or lapidary-related skills.
Club members also had some of their private pieces on display, including large thunder eggs, crystals and petrified wood.
There were also displays of rock preparation, polishing and faceting by club members and members of the Gympie Gem Club.