Rock and Gem Club seeks new members

Parksville and District Rock and Gem Club member Gens Hoyle grinds a rock into shape. - Neil Horner photo
Parksville and District Rock and Gem Club member Gens Hoyle grinds a rock into shape.
— image credit: Neil Horner photo

The Coombs fair had no shortage of sparkle, thanks to the Parksville and District Rock and Gem Club.

Past-president Claude Levesque was on hand, along with other members of the club to show off their gems, sell their many products and try to prospect for new members.

“We have demonstrations such as soapstone carving, for anyone who wants to come and give it a try and gem cutting and polishing as well,” he said. “We also have people making gem trees, which is essentially a rock with copper or other wire that has chips of rock at the ends.”

The club had another reason for being at the fair. Like so many of the displays, theirs had an educational component as well.

“We have two showcases,” Levesque said. “One of them shows all the different things the members can do with rocks and the other is an educational one, where we, for instance, take a mineral and show how it turns into toothpaste or explain that water, once it is frozen, is a mineral.”

For more information call 250-248-6177 or visit their website at


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