You don’t need a lot of fancy gear to get started. For nearly 30 years, the Club has had its own purpose-built club rooms at Cross Keys Reserve, Bridge Street, Essendon (Melways Map 28 K1). The club has fully equipped workrooms for faceting, cabochon work, silverwork, and jewelry making, etc. There’s even a small library from which members may borrow.
Regular courses are conducted to introduce you to various aspects of lapidary. Everyone has their favourite aspect of this broad-ranging, exciting and potentially profitable hobby, and of course there’s always someone to lend a helping hand if you ever get stuck… whatever lapidary craft you are into. There are occasional field trips to collect material, weekly workshop nights, monthly meetings, and social activities throughout the year.
Lapidary work is an ideal way to relax and can make a great interest for those who have retired or who are about to retire. It’s also something the whole family can share. The attraction of beautiful coloured gemstones is equally fascinating for children, parents, and grandparents alike. Children are always welcome at our “family friendly” club.
For more information about lapidary, read our Club Information page.
How To Join
1. Come and visit our club
See what we’re all about. You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive, and we don’t expect you to join a club just on the basis of a website.
Check out our workshop facilities, and meet some of our members. Wear your old clothes and sensible closed-toe footwear.
If you like what you see, and still feel lapidary is for you, we’ll be more than happy to have you as a member.
Our opening hours:
Tuesdays 5.00pm – 9.00pm
Thursdays 5.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturdays 12.00pm – 4.00pm
2. If you can’t visit us, send us an email
We’re happy to answer any queries through email@example.com
3. Join Up
Fill in a membership form at the club.
Your initial membership is $45 per person. This is made up of a one-off joining fee of $20.00, plus an annual membership of $25.00 – payable in cash only.
Children from 8 – 17 are covered free by a parent’s membership.
What equipment do you need?
Your old clothes and sensible closed-toe footwear for your first visit.
We’ll provide you with earplugs and lend you some safety glasses. If you decide to join, we’ll suggest what items you might need to buy.