Goods as rare as dino poo
Wet weather no deterrent as crowds from throughout Queensland stay longer to browse
FOSSILISED walrus teeth and dinosaur poo had even the most experienced gemologists impressed at the Central Queensland Gem Show in Monto at the weekend.
Gemologist Monique Newton was very excited by the range of goods on display and picked herself up one of the rare walrus teeth.
“I think having all the great displays there got some people much more interested in the lapidary craft,” Monto Lapidary Club secretary and Mrs Newton’s mother Berendina Wurth said.
“I had a young man come up to me and say after the floods he could pick up agate from his creek bed by the dozen, and he wanted to learn how he could use it.”
The show had demonstrations, traders and exhibitionists and the club also put on a dinner for 50
Berendina Wurth When it started raining I was worried but I think people stayed longer because they didn’t want to go back outside.
“I’m very happy it went so well. Initially when it started raining I was worried but I think people stayed longer because they didn’t want to go back outside,” Mrs Wurth said.
Traders and gem-lovers travelled from as far as the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Esk, Yeppoon, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, Biloela and Bundaberg, as well as from other towns in the shire.
Mrs Wurth was happy to have local member Ron Dunn take out the overall prize, but said it was no surprise because he won nearly every year.
The Monto Lapidary Club also won the showcase work category that all the members contributed to, and Mrs Wurth came second in a jewellery section with a pink stone pendant.
After weeks of organising and advertising the show, Mrs Wurth said she was happy but exhausted.
“I’m looking forward to just tucking myself away for a few weeks and doing some lapidary,” she said, with a laugh.