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Azurite, Malachite, and Chrysocolla

Azurite, Malachite, and Chrysocolla.


Copper minerals can be used as gemstones.

Chrysocolla, Malachite, and Azurite with beautiful blue and green colours are often found.

Azurite occurs in the weathered zone of copper ore-bodies usually in association with malachite.  My Azurite on the rock above was formed by leaching the Copper Ore . It is in  a powered form, not crystal.

Found

I live in North West Queensland Australia and these Minerals, Azurite, Malachite and Chrysocolla can be found in a lot of places.  There is a lot of old mines every where. They dig holes and leave them. The Azurite (blue) colour does come off when cleaned. Some rocks are just for collecting, you can not do anything with them. I have not found Azurite in crystal form.

When Cutting

Cutting these stones, is a very slow, they have so many fractures they crumble as you cut the stone. What you end up with is a beautiful stone the ones below, have natural copper running through them. Azurite dust is toxic and must not be inhaled when cutting and polishing

Make Jewellery.

They can be cut into beautiful cabochon and used in jewellery. These are soft minerals that scratch easily, so stones cut from them are best used in jewellery such as pendants and earrings that will not encounter abrasion or impact. Pictures of Jewellery made with Azurite, Malachite and Chrysocolla

Azurite -Copper Ore.

Azurite is a rare variety of gemstone-quality copper ore. Azurite is one of two basic copper carbonate minerals (malachite is the other). Azurite is rarer than malachite and is considered more valuable.  The Azurite picture above, has a very thin layer of the blue Azurite, To look at it closely you would think the blue is a powder. I cleaned my first rock and lost the blue colour. It is not gemstone quality.

Azurite gets its name from the Persian word ‘lazhward’, which refers to its distinctive, vivid blue color. Azurite is a fairly soft stone .

Malachite

Malachite is a green copper carbonate mineral.  Malachite is used as a source of copper and as a gemstone. It often occurs with azurite in copper deposits. Malachite often has distinctive concentric bands in varying shades of green, which make it an interesting gemstone. It is a very soft stone.

Malachite is a Very Soft Gemstone, it has been , use to be grounded it into powder to make eyeshadow. Malachite has also been used as the pigment in green paint. plus a lot of other things.

Chrysocolla

The stone I cut. There is 2 cab stones in this picture. Enlarge to have a look. Has natural copper in these stones.

Chrysocolla colour can be among the brightest shade of blue and green, and is caused by its copper content. Chrysocolla is a soft mineral but it will hole together when cutting it because, of the other minerals, intergrown together with the Quartz stone.  Look closely at the picture and it has Natural copper running through it . I have cab two of these stones , from the same rock, there is a white quarts running through the stone. Yes I fell in love with the colours.

Chrysocolla colour

It is a bit hard to identify a rock, a gemstone, because there is all different sorts al over the world. But if you love what you are doing, it is OK to tell your stories. I hope you enjoy my Stories.

This is a rock in my garden.

Chrysocolla

Happy Fossicking.

All the pictures above are from my collection, I am happy to share, and sell my rocks/gemstones.( at a cost)

For more information Contact me. or leave a comment. Thank You.

Wendy.

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O’Briens Creek Fossicking – Topaz. Smokey Quartz.

O’Brien Creek Fossicking. Topaz

Easter Weekend O’Brien Creek we went to find Topaz.

O’Brien Creek 2017.

O’Brien Creek is about 35 kl dirt road from Mount Surprise. You turn off the highway at the police house. Make sure you get all your supplies before you leave, there is no Shops at O’Brien Creek, and it is a good 1/2 hour drive back to Mount Surprise.

The Camp Grounds.

O’Brien Creek at that time of year, March-April. After rain, lots of insects, and water.

Outside the camp grounds at O’Brien Creek.

There is a camping ground before you get to O’Brien Creek Fossicking Area. The camping grounds have toilets and showers and lots of shady tree. Easter 2016 the creek had lots of flowing water. Really very nice camping ground. Cost was $10 each adult per night in 2016. There was a lot of people there.

The drive to O’Brien Creek fossicking, some parts you do need a 4 wheel drive. The creek did have fast flowing water, at Elizabeth Creek, that the creek that runs through , where the camping grounds are.

Fossicking Area.

Fossicking Area. The creek.

Fossicking there is no secret about finding gemstones, it is the work you put into finding them. We found a few small pieces of topaz. We moved rock in the creek. There is lots of big granite rocks everywhere, that people move or dig under, into the cracks,  to find Topaz.  Some people dig holes everywhere, 1 meter x 1 meter holes. We parked our car under a shady tree, never seen the hole someone dug. It was a close call.  You would think if they are going to move that much dirt, they would put some back.

Finding Topaz  is all pot luck, You just don’t know how many people have dug in the same spot.

I have been fossicking for around 3 years now, I don’t understand people that don’t leave the area the same as they find it.  Why dig a hole and just leave it, think  about the animals, that live there.

Topaz what does it look like.

Some times when you find Topaz, it looks like glass. Finding  topaz  at O’Brien Creek, that has been tumbled down a creek, in  the sand . looks like a dirty piece of Quarts, you  can find coloured ones. Topaz that you find out side the creek beds are like glass. Topaz has 8 sides. Quarts have 6 sides.

Topaz, being a heavy stone, works its way underneath big rocks and gets caught in crevices. So to find them you’ve got to move the big stuff… Lots of hard work moving big stones and lots of dirt.

When we went to O’Brien Creek  at Easter 2017, the creek was flowing, there was some birds, not as many as in the video. And every thing was nice and green.

Map of O’Brien Creek from qld.gov.au.   When you go to the fossicking area, go across the creek and turn Right, have a look around.

Finding Topaz is all about luck, dig a hole and find out.

One lady found one the size of a golf ball. The biggest one we found was 59cts blue.in 2017.

Happy Fossicking, Enjoy your trip to O’Brien Creek.

We have been back to O’Brien Creek. 2019 Keep watch for our latest trip to O’Brien Creek.

Please leave a comment tell us how much Topaz you found. Leave pictures of your Topaz.

Wendy

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Gemstone Size ,Weight and Carat:

Gemstone Size

Weight and Carat:

Carat: Is the weight of a gemstone.

The picture above is a 59carat Topaz. We found at O’Brien Creek.

Weight, Carat and  Size  is important to know when buying and selling gemstones. It is hard buying gemstones with out seeing it, Often the larger the stone the more valuable it is, not the case. You have to take in the colour,  clarity, and inclusions (flaws). Picking up a gemstone, look at it under a light or loupe, If you can see right through it , is a good sign it is a great gemstones. Check  the  size dimensions in millimetres when you are buying gemstone and don’t rely on carat weight alone.

My first gemstone I bought was a green diamond it was .01 carat stone, 01 Carat stone is the size is smaller than a grain of fine sand. The gemstone was a green diamond, cost $10 Australian Dollars, if you look at it under a loupe you can see about 18 faceted cut in the stone. The $10 was a great investment as it is a real eye opener .I don’t know if it was a real diamond, at a guest no.

Price:

Gemstone Carat Chart

  1. Carat=0,2 Grams      26 Carat =5.2 Grams   51 Carat= 10.2 Grams     76 Carat= 15.2 Grams
  2. Carat=0.4 Grams        27 Carat= 5.4 Grams    52 Carat= 10.4 Grams       77 Carat= 15.4 Grams
  3. Carat=0.6 Grams        28 Carat= 5.6 Grams    53 Carat= 10.6 Grams       78 Carat= 15.6 Grams
  4. Carat=0.8 Grams        29 Carat= 5.8 Grams    54 Carat= 10.8 Grams       79 Carat= 15.8 Grams
  5. Carat=1   Grams         30 Carat=6     Grams    55 Carat= 11    Grams       80 Carat= 16    Grams
  6. Carat=1.2Grams         31 Carat=6.2 Grams     56 Carat= 11.2 Grams       81 Carat= 16.2 Grams
  7. Carat=1.4 Grams        32 Carat=6.4 Grams     57 Carat= 11.4 Grams       82 Carat= 16.4 Grams
  8. Carat=1.6 Grams        33 Carat=6.6 Grams     58 Carat= 11.6 Grams       83 Carat= 16.6 Grams
  9. Carat=1.8 Grams        34 Carat=6.8 Grams     59 Carat= 11.8 Grams       84 Carat= 16.8 Grams
  10. Carat=2    Grams        35 Carat=7    Grams     60 Carat= 12    Grams       85 Carat= 17    Grams
  11. Carat=2.2 Grams        36 Carat=7.2 Grams     61 Carat=12.2 Grams        86 Carat= 17.2 Grams
  12. Carat=2.4 Grams        37 Carat=7.4 Grams     62 Carat=12.4 Grams        87 Carat= 17.4 Grams
  13. Carat=2.6 Grams        38 Carat=7.6 Grams     63 Carat=12.6 Grams        88 Carat= 17.6 Grams
  14. Carat=2.8 Grams        39 Carat=7.8 Grams     64 Carat=12.8 Grams        89 Carat= 17.8 Grams
  15. Carat=3    Grams        40 Carat=8    Grams     65 Carat=13                       90 Carat= 18    Grams
  16. Carat=3.2 Grams        41 Carat=8.2  Grams    66 Carat=13.2 Grams       100 Carat= 20   Grams
  17. Carat=3.4 Grams        42 Carat=8.4  Grams    67 Carat=13.4 Grams      125  Carat= 25   Grams
  18. Carat=3.6 Grams        43 Carat=8.6 Grams     68 Carat=13.6 Grams       150 Carat= 30   Grams
  19. Carat=3.8 Grams        44 Carat=8.8 Grams     69 Carat=13.8 Grams       175 Carat= 35   Grams
  20. Carat=4    Grams        45 Carat=9    Grams     70 Carat=14    Grams       200 Carat= 40  Grams
  21. Carat=4.2 Grams        46 Carat=9.2 Grams     71 Carat=14.2 Grams       250 Carat= 50   Grams
  22. Carat=4.4 Grams        47 Carat=9.4 Grams     72 Carat=14.4 Grams       300 Carat= 60  Grams
  23. Carat=4.6 Grams        48 Carat=9.6 Grams     73 Carat=14.6 Grams       500 Carat=100 Grams
  24. Carat=4.8 Grams        49 Carat=9.8 Grams     74 Carat=14.8 Grams       750 Carat=150 Grams
  25. Carat=5    Grams        50 Carat=10 Grams      75 Carat=15    Grams     1000 Carat=200 Grams

Meaning of Lapidary–a person who cuts, polishes, or engraves of stones and  gems.

Join your local Lapidary Club

They should  be able to tell you every thing you need to know about Gemstone ,Rocks  and  fossil .Your local club will also have equipment to cut and polish your stones you find.

I love hearing stories about what gemstones other people have found, and where. Write a comment. And tell your story about Gemstones where you go. Your best find.

Thank You Have a Wonderful Day.

Wendy.

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Australian Lapidary Magazine

The Australian Lapidary Magazine. For Sale.

Gemhunters. Lots of information.

Magazines  years old,  as late as 1965. No Internet, you made your own  equipment, Great Reading.

All the books on this site have been used, well read, but are mostly in good Condition.

Vol. 4 No 5 November 1967. Price $12.00 Postage Free. Good Condition. Vol 3. No 12. June 1967. Price $12.00 Free Postage. Good Condition Vol.6. No. 5. December 1969.Price $12.00 Postage Free. Good Condition. Vol. 5 No12. July 1969. Priced $12.00 Postage Free. Good Condition. Vol.4.No.6 December 1967. Price $12.00 Free Postage. Good condition.

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. .Vol.7 No 2. September 1970. Price $12.00 Postage Free . Good Condition.

Vol.4 No.4. October 1967. Price $12.00. Free Postage. Good Condition. Vol.11. No. 11 June 1975. Price $12.00 Postage Free. Good Condition.

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Rewarding.

Information.

The information in these Magazine is very rewarding, great information about Gemstone, Rocks, Fossicking Faceting, and lots more , some of the  stories are very old.

Finding where to go fossicking and what to do come natural to a lot of rockhounds, but there are others that need help, to find out lot more  information about anything to do with gemstones, these are great Magazine. to hold and read.

Astray.

Sometime Rockhound- Gemhunter go out of their way to lead other rockhounds astray in thier quest to find rocks.

Helpful.

Most Gemhunters and Rockhounds I have met , are very helpful and will take you out and show you where mineral are.

You would think there is enough Gems-Rocks for everyone.

For More Magazine check out the list below to make payments.

Vol 1 No 12. June 1965.Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition

Vol 2. No 4. October 1965. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 2. No 6 December 1965. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 2. No 8. February 1966. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Fair Condition.

Vol 2. No 9. March 1966. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol2. No 10. April 1966. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 2. No 11. May 1966. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol3. No1. July 1966. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 3. No 11 May 1967. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 3. No 12 June 1967. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol3. No4. October 1966. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Australian Lapidary Magazine. December 1966. Vol-3 No 6.

Vol 3. No 9. March 1967. Price $12.00 Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 3. No 10. April 1967 Price $12.00. Postage Free. Fair Condition.

Vol3. No11. May 1967. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

.Australian Lapidary Magazine. June 1967. Vol-3. No 11.

Australian Lapidary Magazine. September 1967. Vol-4. No 3.

Vol 4. No 4. October 1967.

Australian Lapidary Magazine. November 1967. Vol-4. No 5.

Vol 4 No 6. December 1967

Vol 4 No.7. January 1968. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol4. No12. July 1968. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 5. No 5. December 1968. Price 12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Australian Lapidary Magazine. July 1969. Vol-5. No 12.

Vol.6 No. 4 November 1969. Price $12.00. Postage Free. In Fair Condition.

Australian Lapidary Magazine. December 1969. Vol 6. No 5.

Vol 7. No1. August 1970. Price $12.00 Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 8. No 9. April 1972. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol.8.No10. May 1972. Price  $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol.8 No11. June 1972. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 8. No 12. July 1972. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol.9 No 1 August 1972. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol.9. No2. September 1972. Price $12.00.

Vol. 11. No 10. May 1975. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition

Vol 11. No 11. June 1975

Vol 12. No6. January 1976. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 12 No 10. May 1976. Price $12.00

Vol 12. No 11. June 1976. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 12. No 12. July 1976. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 13. No 1. August 1976. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 13. No 2. September 1976. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 13. No 3. October 1976. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 13. No 4. November 1976. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 13. No 5. December 1976. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 13. No 7. February 1977. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 13. No 11. June 1977. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 14. No 1. August 1977. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 14. No 9. April 1978. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 14. No 10. May 1978. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 14. No 11. June 1978. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

Vol 14. No 12. July 1978. Price $12.00. Postage Free. Good Condition.

If you would like to buy one  or more of the magazine please Contact me.

Please leave me a comment, this will go direct to me.

Some of the magazine my not be listed in  shop Products.

Go visit my online shop.

Have a great Day.

Wendy.

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Gemstone Names. From Actinolite to Zircon.

Gemstone Names.

What is a Gemstone

The Definition of a Gemstone is broad, the term can be used to describe any mineral that is highly prized for its beauty, durability, and rarity.

Gems, defined by a specific crystal structure and chemical composition.

A few gem types, such as amber, pearl and coral, have an organic origin.

A Gem is a Mineral enhanced in some manner by altering its shape,

Usually by cutting and polishing, this is where you see the beauty of a gem.

Most Gems have  sparkle or shine of there own. I have never found a diamond yet, (ha) but a sapphire looks like nothing, until you put water on it. then it sparkles, like glass.

Opal only show it real colour with light and water.

Below is a some  of gemstones names, most end in ite.

Gemstone Name Starting with A.

Actinolite. Agate, Alexandrite, Allanite, Amber, Amethyst, Ammolite, Andalusite, Anglesite, Apatite, Apophyllite, Aquamarine, Aragonite, Axinite, Azurite, Amazonite, Ametrine, Almandine Garnet.

Gemstone Names Starting with B.

Barite, Benitoite, Beryl, Brazlianite, Burma Ruby, Bytownite.

Gemstone Name Starting with C.

Calcite, Celestine, Celestite, Cerussite, Chambersite, Chrysoberyl, Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Cinnabar, Citrine, Coloured Diamond, Conch Pearls, Coral, Crocoite, Cuprite.

Gemstone Names Starting with D.

Danburite, Datolite, Diaspore, Diopside. Dumortierite Quartz, Druzy Azurite.

Gemstone Names Starting with E.

Emerald, Enstatite, Epidote.

Gemstone Names Starting with F

Fluorite

Gemstone Names Starting with G.

Garnet, Gold, Gold in Quartz.

Gemstone Names Starting with I.

Iolite. Imperial Topaz, Idocrase Gems.

Gemstone Names Starting with J.

Jasper, Jadeite, Jade Gemstones.

Gemstone Names Starting with K.

Kashmir Sapphire, Kunzite, Kyanite, Kornerupine.

Gemstone Names Starting with L.

Lapis Lazuli.

Gemstones  Names Starting with M.

Malachite, Moissanite, Moldavite, Moonstone.

Gemstone Names Starting with O.

Opal.

Gemstone Names Starting with P.

Peridot, Phenakite

Gemstone Names Starting with Q.

Quartz

Gemstone Names Starting With R.

Rhodochrosite. Rainbow Moonshine, Ruby, Rubellite Tourmaline, Rutile Quartz.

Gemstone Names Staring with S.

Sapphire, Scapolite, Sphalerine, Spinel, Sugilite, Sunstone. Sodalite, Serpentine, Sillimanite, Seraphinite.

Gemstones Names Starting with T.

Tanzanite, Titanite, Topaz, Turquoise, Tiger Eye.

Gemstone Names Starting with W.

Wulfenite.

Gemstone Names Starting With Z.

Zircon.

There is a lot of gems out on the market, by finding your own helps you understand a little about the gem, I live in a Mining Town, that has a lot of copper, lead and lots  of minerals.  One of my favourite gemstones is Chrysocolla, beautiful colour in this gemstone. Not very popular because it has lots of fractures in the stone.

This gem is not popular because when you cut it, the stone crumbles. Have a go.

Got something to add. Leave me a comment. Tell me about your favourite Gemstone.

Enjoy my website. I love looking for Gemstones.

Camping out at night under the sky full of stars , and going fossicking in the mornings  is a great relaxing weekend.

Wendy.