Gems, jewellery and lapidary at Gemkhana 2019 exhibition at Hawkesbury Showground

THERE will be gemstones, minerals and jewellery galore at the 2019 Gemkhana lapidary show at Hawkesbury Showground on the weekend of 28 and 29 September.

Terry Varnhoff, a gem trader from Leonay, will be in attendance with the largest emerald ever found in NSW.

"I'm a dealer and I sell lots of pretty stuff and lots of bling, from jewellery all the way down to slabs," Mr Varnhoff told the Gazette.

The huge emerald he'll have on display is a six-carat behemoth found in 1993 in Torrington in the Tenterfield Shire.

Mr Varnhoff said he's been in the opal trade for many years, and he attends all the shows.

He said visitors to Gemkhana could look forward to jewellery and jewellery making, lots of fossils, top-quality minerals, amethyst cave, and lots of polished semi-precious stones in shapes and crystal points.

The local Hawkesbury Valley Lapidary Club will be in attendance. Headed-up by president John Vincent, the club is based in the Richmond School of Arts Annexoff March Street, and the club specialises in wire wrapping, silver rings and findings, gem trees and jewellery, grinding, shaping and polishing gemstones, facetting, collecting minerals and fossils, and fossicking.

Hawkesbury Showground is at 40 Racecourse Road, Clarendon, and Gemkhana 2019 will take place from 9am until 5pm both days.