LOCAL EXHIBITOR: Max Walters has been busy setting up the South Burnett Gem Stone Club's exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery.
LOCAL EXHIBITOR: Max Walters has been busy setting up the South Burnett Gem Stone Club's exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery. Madeline Grace

Glow-in-the-dark gem stones feature at gallery

SOUTH Burnett local Max Walters has been a keen photographer and gemstone enthusiast for more than 30 years and now his life's work, including glow-in-the-dark gems, has been put on exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery.

Mr Walters is a part of the South Burnett Gem and Fossicking Club, which boasts more than 50 dedicated South Burnett members.

As a part of the Winter Craft Festival, the club has been given gallery two to display its gems, minerals, fossils, art works, crafts and photos. One of the exhibition highlights is the dark room where you can go to view minerals that show fluorescence.

"Some minerals show fluorescence that us humans can't see,” Mr Walters said.

"Humans can only see in the medium light wave range. This is measured in nanometres. So we can see from 400 to 700 nanometres. A nanometre is a billionth of a metre.

"So when under an ultraviolet or short-wave light, which is 10 to 40 nanometres, some minerals will shine fluorescence. In our little dark room we have this on display so it's like they glow in the dark.”

Mr Walters said the club was filled with locals who had beengemstone enthusiasts for up to 60 years.

"In our display we probably have thousands of gems and fossils.”

The exhibition runs until July 29, and the opening is Thursday, July 4 at 6pm.