Suncoast  Gem & Fossicking Club

Creating and making beautiful gems and jewellery


Lapidary instruction for beginners, assistance and advice, annual club competitions.  


A number of instructors are available through the club.

 Nick Murray has studied with international renowned silversmiths and jewellers in America

including Andy Cooper, Juan-Carlos Caballero-Perez, Bill Fretz and Brian Clark.     

Affordable fees for groups and individuals.  Friendly and encouraging atmosphere in my

private workshop/studio or the Suncoast Gem & Fossicking Club in Buderim.   

Tools can be supplied.

Please phone 0427-455-556 for more information on Nick’s classes.

Nick Murray (in his own words):

“I have participated in many silversmithing workshops and master classes both here and overseas

since 1990. Since I retired in 2004 I have actively shared my expertise with fellow members of

the Suncoast Gem & Fossicking Club and enabled them to enjoy participating in cultural acitivities,

expand their repertoire of skills, enjoy new challenges and thereby increase the sustainability of

our creative community. I believe my sharing this exciting new knowledge combined with my

professional skills and expertise gained since 1990 will add tremendous value to the

Sunshine Coast’s arts community.”

To visit Nick Murray's website here are his details:

The club has a number of modern faceting machines available for learners and qualified facetors.

They are housed in an air-conditioned room specifically designed for the purpose. Also available is

a computer with software to assist in design selection and cutting instructions. Within the club are

also facilities to cut rough to size prior to faceting.

Faceting Instruction for Beginners

Before you can learn to facet you need to be competent in the use of:

  • trim saws
  • grinding wheels
  • dopping techniques

Next you need to register to undergo training which will lead you how to:

  • select and prepare rouge
  • set up and adjust the machinery
  • cut two “Standard Round Brilliant” stones in clear quartz
  • cut a “Square Step Cut”
  • cut an “Emerald Step Cut”

If after completion of these stones you are judged to proficient and wish to continue using the

club machines (available through a booking system) you will be required to provide   your own 

laps and consumables.

Faceting Assistance after Training

Ongoing assistance is always available from our experienced facetors to assist you to:

facet different materials
master more advanced polishing techniques
cut different designs
use the computer software to optimize design brilliance
Annual Club Competition

Every year four designs are selected to be cut for the annual club competition. These stones are judged

by a qualified Australian Facetors’ Guild judge and at the end of the year the entrant with the highest

aggregate score for the four stones wins the competition. A commemorative plaque is awarded.