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Precious displays

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March 15, 2017

Brett McKenzie with a stone sculpture from Zimbabwe.

Peter Beckwith holding chalcopyrite with dolomite.

May Win holding a rose quartz.

Trevor Warren from the Victorian Gem Clubs Association.

Debbie Hollingsworth working on a quartz stone.

Goulburn Valley Gem, Mineral and Craft Group president George Fadersen holding an amethyst geode.

The Goulburn Valley Gem, Mineral and Craft Group recently hosted a gem and mineral craft show.

John Clarke inspects a stone.

Gem and mineral enthusiasts from across the state gathered in Shepparton across the weekend for the annual Gem and Mineral Craft Show.

Goulburn Valley Gem, Mineral and Craft Group president George Fadersen said the event had exceeded expectations.

Mr Fadersen said the event was held in a different town each year with Shepparton selected to host the extravaganza this year.

‘‘Shepparton was lucky enough to get it this year,’’ he said.

Trevor Warren from the Victorian Gem Clubs Association said Mr Fadersen had been a big help with his local knowledge and co-ordinating the event.

‘‘As far as I’m concerned, it’s been an overall success for the people here and the public around the area,’’ Mr Warren said.

Demonstrations held at the weekend included jade carving, stone cutting, wire wrapping — which involves wrapping, weaving, and twisting wires together to create jewellery — and much more.

Mordialloc Lapidary Club president Kerrie Brown learned to wire wrap about three years ago.

‘‘I taught myself from books,’’ she said.

‘‘You end up developing your own style.’’

Mr Fadersen said there were about 30 to 40 caravans on-site, and several traders camped overnight.

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