Gem hunters from all over Australia will be heading to this year's Minerama Fossicking, Gem and Jewellery Show on March 13-15 at the Glen Innes Showgrounds.
The town is part of the most prolific sapphire region in NSW which has the world's richest mineral diversity belt attracting gem hunters from all over Australia and is the perfect setting for Minerama.
"Visitors will be able to discover some of the finest specimens of gems, jewellery and minerals displayed by gem traders and merchants throughout the historic pavilions and showgrounds," said Brianna Fea from Glen Innes Council.
"On offer is everything from fine jewellery to minerals, fossils to beads, whether you are after a two dollar special or world-class quality gemstone you're sure to find it at Minerama."
This year's show also features a range of jewellery workshops, on site fossicking lessons, field trips in the picturesque Glen Innes Highlands and the UNE Discovery Voyager.
You can join Minerama's celebratory dinner with fellow mineral and gem lovers, held at the Hereford Steakhouse Char Grill on Saturday March 14.
Dinner will include a two course-buffet and live entertainment by Christine Davies. Contact the Rest Point Motor Inn and Hereford Steakhouse Char Gill for bookings 6732 2255.
Learn to fossick
Daily fossicking lessons will be available at the showgrounds for a gold coin donation for beginners, children and families. You can find gems such as jellybean crystals, crystals and topaz.
Enjoy a range of jewellery workshops, learn a new craft and take away your very own keepsake. Workshops include Viking knitting, silversmithing and gem wrapping.
Viking knitting is a traditional craft using long pieces of wire to weave ropes to create jewellery. The two hour workshops include all the materials required to create your own bracelet.
Discover the art of gem wire wrapping, another traditional form of jewellery making.
This three hour course includes a loan of the basic tools and guidance to wrap your favourite gemstone.
You can bring your own precious stone from home or find one at one of the many trader stalls.
Try your hand at silver jewellery making with a range of options, a three hour course in the workshop pavilion where you will receive the materials to make your very own basic silver pendant or ring.
Minerama is also offering a half-day stone bezel setting and a full-day sterling silver experience by local silversmith Richard Moon a The Makers Shed.
Bring your own flat stone and all other materials are included to create your unique piece.
You can book your preferred workshop online, visit minerama.com.au.
Guided field trips
If you are a keen adventurer or gem hound try your luck at our region's best kept secret sites.
There are field trips available for all experience levels with fossicking trips and new this year learn how to get the best out of your metal detector with the opportunity to find WW1 relics at an untouched site.
Trips available Thurday 12th, Friday 13th and Saturday the 14th, to book head to minerama.com.au.