New England Lapidary and Fossicking Club Annual Gem & Craft Show

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When and where will the 28th Annual Gem and Craft Show be held?

It will be held over two great days – Saturday, March 16th from 9am – 5pm and Sunday, March 17th from 9am – 3pm at Armidale Showground. Entry to the Gem and Craft Show is FREE. Vendors will be situated both inside and around the Trade Pavilion. Entry is via Dumaresq and Kennedy Streets. Wheelchair access is available, and stall holders are most welcome to attend.  

What can you see and do there?

There will be a spectacular array of gems, opals, fossils, rocks, crystals, jewellery, crafts, gifts, books, lapidary equipment and supplies on sale. Something for everyone! A qualified jewellery valuer will be on site to appraise your items; for a small fee you can have them professionally valued. 

Lots of fun for the kids too, with a treasure hunt and mini fossicking at the Gem Wash Stall, where you can fossick, find and keep gems such as sapphire, zircon, topaz and many others. 

Three great prizes will be raffled – 1st prize: locally cut 7 ct topaz with a spider faceted on the bottom. 2nd prize: $300 handmade Steelwood jewellery box. 3rd prize: The Crystal Bible Book. 

A B.B.Q breakfast/lunch, morning/afternoon teas and refreshments will be available over the weekend. 

Who hosts this event?

New England Lapidary and Fossicking Club Inc. (N.E.L.F.C) has hosted an Annual Gem and Craft Show at a variety of locations in Armidale for the last 28 years. The club currently has around 50 members, including several families and junior members. 

The executive works tirelessly year round to promote and foster fossicking and the art of Lapidary throughout the New England region. We also participate in many local events, including the Uralla Show and the Thunderbolt Festival.

Tell us how this event has grown over the years?

In 1991 a small number of traders attended the inaugural Gem and Craft Show at Legacy House. There was no provision for outside traders at this location. In the mid 1990s we moved to C.W.A. Hall, where there were six – eight stalls inside and only three outside traders. 

The event has been slowly growing since, relocating to Armidale Showground in 2009. This year we have 20 trader bookings in the hall and over 35 outside traders. 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best Annual Gem and Craft Show to date. 

Does N.E.L.F.C support any local charities?

Yes. Each year we have supported local charities by donating the entire proceeds of our welcome BBQ for our traders at the Gem and Craft Show to groups who do wonderful work in our local community; the Armidale and the Uralla branches of Can Assist and Diabetes Australia. This year all proceeds from our welcoming BBQ will go to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service. 

Would you like to thank any sponsors?

N.E.L.F.C would like to thank June’s Jewellery & Gems of Armidale, Ray Devlin of Ray’s Creative Woodwork and Michael Tasik of Uralla for their ongoing support of our event. 

How can people have a stall at the Gem and Craft Show or join your club?

Stall sites are filling fast, but enquiries in regard to participating at the Annual Gem and Craft Show or joining New England Lapidary and Fossicking Club Inc. can be directed to Club Event Co-ordinator, John Hogbin on 6772 1001, or email  

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