It’s a rocky road this couple loves
FOR Bundaberg couple Lester and Jeneve Rogers the annual pilgrimage to the Rose City for the Easter Rock Swap is an exciting one.
The husband and wife rock collecting team have made the trip to Warwick at least half a dozen times over the years.
Lester, who is the president of the Bundaberg Gem and Mineral Society, said he had been involved in lapidary work for 19 years.
"My theory is that nature creates it and we enhance it," he said.
"You find a rock and you make it into something beautiful."
The whole process of lapidary has many stages, according to Lester.
"It includes finding the rocks, taking them home, cutting them down to shape and faceting them into a beautiful piece," he said.
"Once you get faster you can do it all in one session."
While Jeneve might not be into cutting and faceting so much as her husband, she did admit to having just as much passion for collecting the raw material.
"A lot of people are rock collectors," she said.
"This is something nature has created.
"After a while you learn about different rocks and different gems."
The couple's search for gems has taken them across the country to places such as Chinchilla looking for petrified wood and Inverell for rhodonite.
Jeneve said she had been involved with rock collecting for the past 10 years.
"You get a variety of people coming to an event like the Rock Swap," she said.
"We meet so many wonderful people."
The pair both agreed that this year's event was just as good as any other.
"Friday was very, very good," Lester said.
"I reckon we had the same though as last year.
"We do about five or six different shows a year and Warwick is the best place we go to."