How Boon's Crystals came to be - The Beginning.

How Boon's Crystals came to be - The Beginning.

It has now been 3 years since Boon's Crystals officially started, and so much has changed. I am planning on writing a few of these blogs about the process and how I got to the point I am at now. This is Part 1

However, I have been doing this for much longer than 3 years. I started out cutting and polishing stones at the Bundaberg Gem and Mineral Society  in 2009 I believe (memory of that long ago is a little foggy). At the time I was only 12 and I had so much to learn about the craft. Joining was sort of an accident, but am I glad I did. I had been playing table tennis for a while, with the table tennis centre being directly opposite the gem club. I didn't know this at the time, and only found out later on when I joined. Being a young boy, I liked shiny rocks and crystals (Probably from their inclusion in games like Runescape), but knew nothing about them or what can be done to make them look amazing. 

So one weekend, I saw the local Gemfair was on, and luckily Mum took me along. (I have no idea how my life would have ended up if that small decision had been different) After browsing the stalls, we found the Bundaberg Gem Club Stall and enquired about joining. The following weekend I went for my first session and was hooked. I had a fantastic teacher/supervisor called Lester, who showed me the beginning steps on cutting and polishing stones. To start out with I was shown how to work on a oval Cabochon, and the piece I selected to start on was a piece of Australian Petrified Wood. Over the next two weeks (approx. 6 hours), it went from a rough piece of stone, to a reasonably nice Cab, but I am sure it would have been much worse without the assistance and expertise of Lester.

I couldn't have imagined how my life would have been impacted and changed by such a simple, but rewarding experience. If you would like more information around joining, and sesion times at the Bundaberg Gem and Mineral Society, follow these links. 

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