Rock hounds eager to swap
MASTER jeweller Birgit Wasshausen and her husband Jurgen have the perfect partnership.
While he scours the world for rare gems, she creates beautiful handcrafted jewellery.
The German couple came to Australia in the 1980s, enticed by the country's opals.
Now Mrs Wasshausen makes her pendants, rings and all things shiny from her workshop in Maleny.
She is inspired by nature and art deco and said she believes there is a great choice of opals available to her in Australia.
The couple had a stall at the Rock Swap at the Warwick Showgrounds at the weekend.
The annual event attracts fossickers and collectors from all over Australia, seizing the opportunity to show off their fancy stones and other collectible items.
Held for three days on the Easter weekend each year the Rock Swap has been running for more than 40 years.