Why Lapidary?

The word lapidary comes from the Latin “lapis” meaning stone, hence the art of lapidary involves turning rough stones into attractive ornaments for wear or display. Some examples are: faceting of transparent stones for use in jewellery, cutting of opaque stones into cabochons and polishing of stone slabs for display features. Making silver (or other metal) settings to hold the stones is an allied craft.

Gemclub workshop
Gemclub workshop

About the Club

The Club was founded in 1964 making it one of the older clubs in NSW.
It is an incorporated non-profit organisation and an affiliate of the Gem and Lapidary Council of New South Wales. The Club currently has about 160 members.
Our Meeting Room and Workshop is located at the Lismore Showground, Alexandra Parade, North Lismore. There is access for disabled people.

Club Activities

The Club provides tuition in general lapidary, faceting and silverwork. Most people start by learning to cut cabachons, then may move on to try faceting, or silverwork.
Special workshops, for example in carving or wire-wrapping, are conducted by skilled members, or visiting craftspeople.
Junior members are able to participate, subject to requirements for parental supervision and ability checks for using machinery.
The Club also conducts fossicking trips, provides lectures and social events.
Not all the activities described are available each workshop day.

Further Information

Workshop Hours

Tuesday 2.00 pm to 9.30 pm, Thursday 9.00 am to 12.30 pm,
Saturday 11.00 am to 4.30 pm.(some Saturdays start earlier – see the roster in the clubrooms when you join up)

PLEASE NOTE the workshop will be closed from 13/10/2018 until 23/10/2018 for the North Coast National Show.The Club will have a sales table and demonstration of work at the Show.

PLEASE NOTE the workshop will be closed from 16/12/2017 until 20/1/2018.

We can be contacted by mail at PO Box 743, Lismore, NSW 2480, or e-mail via the “Contacts” page, or by visiting the Club during Workshop hours.


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