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“I can’t wait to show you the cabochon!” says the woman with wonder in her eyes.

“The what?” asks this journalist.
She speaks a little slower this time: “The ca-bo-chon!”
“Ohhh! The cabochon! What’s a cabochon?”
The secretary of the Cape Town Gem and Mineral Club, Jo Wicht, carefully explains what it is, but all the other “stones” are doing their best to distract the journalist.
Shiny, colourful and fascinating gems such as tanzanite, ajoite, and verdite shine naturally in the soft sunlight.
For the layman, however, it doesn’t matter what the objects are called or how they came to be.
Jo’s words, interesting as they were, could not compete with the jaw-dropping exhibition in Bothasig on Saturday.
Once a month the club members get together at the clubhouse with the aim to raise awareness and sell some of the items to gawking individuals.
It is the only club of its kind in Cape Town and members come from as far as Montague and the Northern Cape.
“It’s a hobby club for people who like mineral specimens, gemstones, cabochons (polished stones), and crystals. We have three machines in here which members can use to cut gemstones after they do the preliminary course,” she elaborates, before adding that members can go on organised field trips and listen to interesting talks.
The multiple benefits of joining the club should be reason enough to get on board, but the appreciation one gets from working with geological marvels is the main drawcard.
When walking through the meticulous exhibits and observing the proud looks on the faces of the people there, it becomes clear that every single one shares a passion for these stones.
“I never even knew the club existed, so I only joined about 10 years ago. Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked! I knew nothing when I started, so you gain the knowledge as you go along,” she concludes.
An open day is held at the clubhouse in Goede Hoop Street, Bothasig, every first Saturday of the month.
For further information email Jo at joanna.wicht@kingsley.co.za.

***DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE AND PHOTO WERE PUBLISHED IN TYGERBURGER, A CAPE TOWN BASED MEDIA24 COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER. NEITHER MAY BE DUPLICATED WITHOUT ACCREDITING THE SOURCE – TYGERBURGER, MEDIA24.***

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