Gemology Blog

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Pictures from Waverley Gemshow 2006

Australian Black Pearls
As usual Waverley gem club good show seemed quite busy and successful. I guess two major contributing factors are gemshow location is in a moderately posh suburb of Melbourne and secondly it is organised by women. This shows that women are good communicators and advertisers...

Ok here are some pictures that I took while my family and I were shopping there:

First one from top shows Black Cultured Pearls from Cook Island. They were quite big 10-12mm, but I am not sure, sorry forgot to measure them! The oyster in the picture is a black lip oyster in which these pearls are harvested.

Closeup of Nacre of Australian Black PearlsNext photo is a closeup which shows a cut pearl. You can see the white bead in one half and bead from the other half (on the right) has been removed. It shows that the nacre is quite thick, which is good.

Bob Bubeck Selling Australian Blue SapphiresNext is GAA Gem, "Bob Bubeck" selling his Australian Sapphires. I realised he is always very positive. When asked how were the sales this time, he always replies great, even if there is not a soul in sight! Well I guess if he is not that positive all of his gemology students at GAA Melbourne would leave gemology and start selling fruit...

Beautiful gemstone specimen displayHere is a picture of a nice display (as always) of Gem minerals from "Crystal Habit" . I am sorry I did not add a bigger picture.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Gem & Mineral Treasure Market Nov-2006

Sunday 19 Nov 2006
Cheaong Park, Corner Eastfield and Bayswater Roads
Ringwood East
Melway: 50 G7

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Nunawading Club Gemshow- Victoria - October 2006

Gem Exhibition - 40th Annual
Nunawading & District Lapidary Club
Saturday 21 October 2006
Sunday 22 October 2006

Beaumont Hall
Blackburn High School
Blackburn North

Melway - 47 K7

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Snaps from Frankston Lapidary Club Gemshow 2006

I wonder why most of the gemshows in Victoria are at the end of the year. All are organised from August through to November. May be they want to get the xmas customers. But there are hardly any customers as well!

Here are some photos that I took at the gem show:

Here is Megan Clark smiling and posing for the photo. She is my Gem-2 Practical teacher from GAA, Melbourne.

Next is Grant Pearson ready to test gemstones. He also teaches at GAA. Julie sitting next to him is my class fellow in Gem 2, GAA, Melbourne.

Below is a superb fossil specimen that was on sale.

Last is Darryl from Frankston & Penansula Lapidary Club. He is sadly watching his faceted gemstone, which he has put up in the faceting competition. He is sad because he thought that it was a tourmaline until I came an told him that it was not a tourmaline but a citrine. I hope he has recovered by now.