ROCK and mineral mysteries will be solved at a local club's open day early next month.
The Bathurst Stamp, Coin, Collectables and Lapidary Club will hold the open day at its club rooms at Eglinton in conjunction with Bathurst Bead and Wirecraft Guild.
As well as demonstrations of cabochon (a gem that has been polished but not faceted) making by club members, demonstrations of beadwork and sales of beadwork and lapidary work, club members will be available to identify gems, minerals, fossils and rocks that are brought along on the day.
"The Bathurst Stamp, Coin, Collectables and Lapidary Club provides the venue, machinery and instruction for community members to learn how to make lapidary items," club president Jeff West said.
"Lapidary is the grinding, shaping and polishing of rocks, minerals and gemstones to form decorative items including jewellery."
The club originally focused on coins, stamps and other collectable items before combining with the lapidary club.
Mr West said the Bead and Wirecraft Guild also provides a support network for those involved in beading and making craft allied to lapidary, such as wire wrapping and wire weaving.
"At the open day they will have on show examples of work done by members of the guild," Mr West said.
"Through the guild, workshops are provided for those in the Bathurst Stamp, Coin, Collectables and Lapidary Club to learn how to make settings for lapidary items produced in the regular weekly workshops of the club."
The open day will be held at the club rooms in the old bushfire shed in Park Street, Eglinton on Saturday, November 2 from 9am to 2pm.
A sausage sizzle and drinks will be available for purchase.