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Gemstones-Gemhunting- North West Qld-Fossicking Areas.

NW Queensland Fossicking Area’s

Mount Isa and Cloncurry area’s.

Looking for gemstones.

Looking for gems, Gemhunting with other people is more interesting than going by your self. Plus it is much safer in groups.  There is so many place to go between Mt Isa and Cloncurry, area.

All Year round Fossicking.

In the hotter months of the year, you do not do much fossicking because the rocks are even very hot, having  a air conditioners in your cars, and having shade when you go fossicking,  make it a nice day out.

You have to start out very early in the morning. Out here it is day light at 6am and it is still day light after 7pm at night, in the summer months.

  When there is no rain.

Camping And Fossicking in cooler Months of the year.

I live in Mount Isa. North West Queensland. Only over the past 4 years have I been Interested in Fossicking for Gems- Stone. I am still a newbie. Lots more to learn.

Fossicking is all year hobby. When there is rain, no way do you go on a dirt road, you are asking for trouble.

The roads turn to mud very quickly, plus it a good idea to kept of wet dirt roads. Only destroys the dirt  roads, no one come along and fixes them.

North West Queensland Fossicking Area’s.

You have to have a Fossicking Licence, before you can go Gem hunting in Queensland. If you are looking for gems-stones-rocks-gold, you have to have a licence when doing it in Qld.

Out here you can explore the country side, bush,  if you have a 4 wheel drive and a good GPS.  So easy to get lost.

Get Permission.

Remember the land belongs to some one, so you could need permission to go on there land. Find out from the locals Lapidary Clubs. Or go to Government website to find out more..qld.gov.au

No Fossicking- Looking for Gemstones when it rains.

You are stupid if you go out exploring when it is wet. Raining.

We nearly  got caught, 3 times in 2016 June, July and October. We packed up quick, we could see the rain coming. We were lucky we did not get stuck in the mud. The clean up took a week to do. Every thing was wet. Not much fun.

Weather. No Phone.

In the North West we do not get very good weather reports, our report is possible showers that never happen. over phone coverage is gone 5 minutes out of town. That is why you show have a good GPS. Ours has bird eye view, so you can see the country side ahead of you. It tracks you where you go, and when you get out of the car, you put it in your pocket. No chance of getting lost that way.  If you have not got a GPS mark your trip, when you get out the car mark your track, use rocks, stack them on top of each other.

Take your own water.

Take your own water, most of the creeks beds are  dry. Not for drinking.

Water for drinking and washing your hands, must have. Take extra, as much as you can.

Out of Date Books.

There is a lot of books out there that are out of date. Pictures  Most  Placers  are not accessible in the wet.  our country is red/black mud. even a 4 wheel drive can not handle it most of the time. Going on roads after flooding only wrecks the roads for everyone else.   No one grades the roads we go on, if you check with your insurance company you will find even your car is not insured on these roads.

Want to go Fossicking.  Not Sure where to go.

If you want to go fossicking and you are not sure where to go, Ask your Question, I might be able to answer you. Most people out here are very friendly. Best idea is to go into the tourist shop, in the town you are visiting, buy a sample of the stone you are looking for. ( Remember to support these shops they have to make a living).

Places you can go between Mount Isa and Cloncurry.

Have a day out.

Go to where the rest stop is half way between Mount Isa and Cloncurry.

On the right side of the road there is a sign Fountain Springs.

Drive along this road, stop and read the signs.

 

 

Going from Mount Isa.

Mount Frosty.

Wee Macgregor Mine.

Crystal Mountain

Maltese Cross

Toms Mountain

Fountain Springs.

Old mine towns.

Smoky Crystals

Mary Kathleen

And lots more fossicking areas.

Some of the Gem Stones/Rock you can find.

Amethyst. ( lots of different shades and colours).

Garnets.

Crystals.

Maltese Cross.

Peacock Ore.

Sunset Opal.

Topaz

Smokey Quarts.

Quarts (different colours.)

lead

copper

Agate. There are lots of different ones.

Ribbon Stone.

Aquamarine

Beryl

Calcite

Spinel

Chrysocolla

Boulder Opal

Sapphire

Tiger Eye

Lolite

Rhyolite

Jasper

Pyrite

Malachite

Tourmaline

Magnetite

Moonshine

Peridot

Prehnite

Zircon

Rutile.

Pink Quarts.

I have found the above in Queensland and Northern Territory. Australia.

If you are visiting Mount Isa. Visit Our local Lapidary Club

Have a great day.

Happy Fossicking.

If you enjoy this website please leave a comment.

This website is some thing new I am learning to do, so be patient, ask me a Question if I can not answer you, I will find some one else, that  might be able to answer you.

Happy Fossicking.

Wendy.

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Gemstone-Garnet Fossicking: Fullarton River- Garnets. North Queensland.

Fullarton River- North Queensland fossicking area for Garnet.

Garnets here are a colour of purple/pink.

Garnet Fossicking:  Property Maronan Station.

The sign is near a tree.

Maronan Station.

Turn off is 60 km from Cloncurry, Near the turn off is a large Rest area with toilets.

Good road in to the Garnets.

The road in , is quite good, you do not need a four wheel drive.

There is signs to tell you where to go to find the garnets.

There is 3 gates you have to open and make sure you shut them.

On your way you will pass red arrows, tells you, your going the right way.

The dirt road in is about 20ks in.

No Fires.

As you get to the fossicking Area, you will see the designated area set aside for Camping, this is for two night stay only.

You are not allowed to light fires, for cooking, gas is the way to go.

Camping Out In The Bush.

When you go Camping Now days, you should be Self Sufficient. That means everything you might need you have.  Be  sure to carry  lots drinking water and Shower water, sufficient fuel for the return journey, and extra food just in case it rains and you get stuck. The use of a camping toilets are good, hate going camping and there is toilet paper everywhere.

Camels-other animals.

Camels and other animals, the bush is there home. You may be on your own in this location, but sometimes there are animals. Be aware wild Camels ,they are in most area in the bush,  you stay away from them, they stay away from you.  Don’t leave out any thing at your camp site, when you go fossicking.

Where to go Fossicking.

Up the hill. From the camp grounds, look directly up  where a large elongated hill will be seen,  anywhere along it you will find Garnets. It is this hill that is impregnated with Garnet . Some time you will see tracks up the hill , every time  I go, to Fullarton River, it is over grown, the top is were you find the Garnets, dig along the schists and in between the rows of rocks.   You should be able to find lots of Fractured Garnets on the surface also.

Pink- Purple.

The Garnets in this area have a mulberry tinge to their colour. Pink- Purple. The larger ones are desirable , but hard to find.  Small ones are great to tumble and use for a lot of  different things.

Hard to find Large Garnet

Finding that Large Garnet without Fractures is not easy work.

By cutting the stone in half, and faceting each side, good matching stones can be achieved.

The Queensland Department of Mines and Energy has designated tracks of land where Gemstones can be found. Many fossickers who have been there previously have dug holes in productive areas. Choose a hole not occupied by others and clean it out or extend the hole leading toward virgin ground. To know if the hole is occupied, it is common practice to leave a bucket or similar in the hole.  If you are the only ones there it all yours to dig in.

Dry Sieving , Wet Sieving.

Sieving  is a Method when trying to find Garnet, we used dry and wet. Filling your sieve up with dry dirt is very dusty. Using your Sieve wet, means you put it in water or use a spray bottle to water your stones in the sieve. your garnet will look like glass when wet.

Sieve the dirt and pebbles by holding the sieve up to the sun and looking through the bottom you should also see colour.

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Happy Fossicking.

Have a great 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.

 

. .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.

 

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 their 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.

Australian Lapidary Magazine Vol 4. No 4. October 1967.

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

Australian Lapidary Magazine. Vol 4 No 6. December 1967

Australian Lapidary Magazine 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

Australian Lapidary Magazine. May 1976. Vol12. No 10. 

Vol 11. No 11. June 1975

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

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

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

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

Australian Lapidary Magazine 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.

Australian Lapidary Magazine 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.

Australian Lapidary Magazine. 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.

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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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Azurite, Malachite, and Chrysocolla Gemstones.

Azurite, Malachite, and Chrysocolla.

Copper minerals can be used as gemstones.

Chrysocolla, Malachite, and Azurite with beautiful blue and green colours .

Azurite (is a Dark Blue Colour.) occurs in the weathered zone of copper ore-bodies usually in association with malachite, which is the green on the rock.

My Azurite on the rock above was formed by leaching the Copper Ore . It is in  a powered form, not crystal.

 

Chrysocolla. Cut stone. Large stone  that was cut.

 

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.

The mining company  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. The rocks that have Quartz with other minerals like Malachite, can be cut and polished. Most of the time the rock crumbles.

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 , sum have natural copper running through them. ( looks like copper wire running through the rock.) 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. Cab stones made with Azurite, Malachite and Chrysocolla.

Chrysocolla stone I Cab.

Azurite -Copper Ore.

Blue in this rock Azurite.

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

 

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.   Yes I fell in love with the stone colours. Other Minerals you can see is limonite, which is a brown colour in the rock.

Chrysocolla Rock.

This rock has different minerals in it, the colour light green-blue is the main colour, with quartz holds it together, with other minerals.

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

The rock on the top of this page lives in my garden.

Chrysocolla

About Chrysocolia Gemstone.

Beneath the surface of the earth minerals, change there chemicals com-position, a different mineral results, but the original form of the first one is preserved.

The little trick is known as “pseudomorphism” which means “false form”, and brings in its train results sometimes disappointing, sometimes happy, but always interesting.

There are various ways of performing the act.

One mineral may be deposited evenly over the surface of another, leaving the outer one exactly the same shape as the one it covers.

Or perhaps a crystal embedded in a rock will be dissolved by some means, leaving only its shape. like a footprint, it the space it once occupied.

If this mold is later filled by a solution of another mineral, when it solidifies we will again have a mineral in the exact shape of the crystal whose place it took.

Then again, a gradual replacement of the particles of one mineral by particles of another might take place, or a chemical change can occur which alters it, but without interfering with the original crystal form.

The end result of any of these weird machinations is that the chemical composition of one mineral appears in the crystal form of  another, in disguise, so to speak, rather like finding a pound of butter in the form of a loaf of bread, but although it has the shape and texture of bread, it squelches in the fingers when it is picked up, and melts when it is heated.

Very often the mineral pyrite falls victim to this strange metamorphisis, but the results in these cases cannot be called happy ones.

pyrite stone

Pyrite is a combination of iron and sulphur, and the crystals it forms are big, brassy, lustrous objects, usually in perfect cubes.

But when, as sometimes happens, the sulphur escapes and hydrogen and oxygen take its place, the mineral limonite is formed, a dull-brown, lustreless substance where once was gleaming, golden pyrite.

Masquerading in its cubical form too, because limonite is amorphous. it never forms crystals of it own, it simply remains in the cubical form of the lovely pyrite it replaces.

Like Limonite, chrysocolla is also amorphous. It is beyond its power to form in crystals. But chrysocolla at the Dorothy mine, near Munguna in north Queensland, determined to make a display in keeping with its beautiful turquoise-blue colouring, and since it could not form its own crystal structure, the only course open was to present itself in the shape of another, and the mineral it chose to replace was azurite. It made a superb choice.

The process was similar to the change from pyrite to limonite. Carbon was removed from the azurite, silica took its place with a little hydrogen, and the resulting mineral was chrysocolla, greeny-blue tufts and bleds scattered over the surface of the vugh, which was dark coloured and velvety to ensure the right degree of contrast.

Like sky-blue sheaves of wheat tumbling over a field of rich, black soil, the Mungana chrysocolla, by taking azurites crytstal form, had achieved for itself more than a modicum of immortality among collectors, and ensured a place for itself in the lists of mineral occurrences that were great.

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.

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Wendy.

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Say It With A Gemstones

                                             Speak from the heart.

                            Say           It with A Beautiful Gemstone.

The language of gemstones is an ancient way to speak from the heart.

The gift of a gemstone has an extra layer of meaning from a long tradition. To find the gem that symbolize what you want to express.

Below is a list of Gemstones

          Sincerity—Sapphire.

A gift of this gemstone says you’re not just kidding around.

Blue is the main colour of the sapphire. Blue is also the favourite colour of 50 % of all people. Men and women alike. We associate this colour, strongly linked to the Sapphire as it is, with feeling of sympathy and harmony, friendship and loyalty.

Feeling which belong to qualities that prove their worth in the long term-feeling in which it is not so much effervescent passion , but rather composure, mutual understanding and indestructible trust.

Thus the blue of the sapphire has become a colour which fits in with everything that is constant and reliable.

Sapphire do come in lots of different colours also.

Coloured Sapphires earings. $280.00

 

 Buy Sapphire.

                                                       Rebirth—-Emerald.

Emerald and diamond ring.

The green of the emerald is the colour of life and of springtime. Which comes round again and again.

It has also, for centuries, been the colour of beauty and of constant love.

In ancient Rome, green was the colour of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love.

 

 

 

Electricity—Tourmaline

Squeeze the gem and it gives off electricity. Give it and create sparks.



Tourmalines are gems with an incomparable variety of colours. Comes in all colours.

The reason, according to an old Egyptian legend, is that the Tourmaline, on its long journey up from the center of earth, passed over a rainbow, in doing so, it assumed all the colours of the rainbow. And that is why it is still referred to as the  gemstone of the rainbow.

 

Sobriety — Amethyst:

Show your appreciation for your designated drive with this gem.

Its colour is as unique as it is seductive,  though in fact this gemstone of all gemstones is said to protect its wearer against seduction. The amethyst is extravagance in violet. For many thousands of years, the most striking representative of the quart family has been a jewel coveted by princes both ecclesiastical( is related to the Christian church) and secular.(Not connected with religious or spiritual matters).Moses described it as a symbol of the Spirit of god in the official robes of the high priest of the jews, And in Russian Empress Catherine the great sent thousands of miners into the Urals to look for it. In popular belief, the amethyst offers protection against drunkenness-for the greek word ‘amethystos’ mean ‘not intoxicated’ in translation.

 

Marital Harmony.–Aquamarine

Say You’re sorry give your spouse this gemstone and promise that it will never ,ever, happen again.

From the light blue of the sky to the deep blue of the sea, aquamarine shine over extraordinarily beautiful range of mainly light blue colours. Aquamarine is a fascinatingly beautiful gemstone. Women the world over love it for its fine blue shades which can complement almost and skin or eye colour, and creative gemstone designers are inspired by it as they are by hardly any other gem, which enables them to create new artistic cuts again and again

Its light blue arouses feelings of sympathy, trust, harmony and friendship. Good feelings. Feelings which are based on mutuality and which prove their worth in lasting relationships. The blue of aquamarine is a divine, eternal colour, because it is the colour of the sky.

Faithfulness–Sapphire.

Lipstick on your collar? Hard hat in your back seat? Maybe a gift of this gemstone is a good idea.

One of the reasons why women in many countries wish for a sapphire ring on their engagement. The Sapphire symbolizes loyalty.

 

Fertility– Emerald.

This gemstone may not help create quintuplets. But twins aren’t out of the question.

Emeralds are fascinating gemstones. They have the most beautiful, most intense and most radiant green that can possibly be imagined: emerald green. Inclusions are tolerated. In top quality, fine emeralds are even more valuable than diamond.

 

Peace– Amethyst.

Use this gemstone to call for a truce. Amethyst.

The Soul–Sapphire.

Take your love to a higher plane with a gift of this gemstone.

Love– Emerald.

The gem of Venus says love lot more persuasively than a dozen roses.

                                                   The Sun– Topaz

Does she light your days?

The topaz has been known for at least 2000 years and is one of the gemstones which form the foundations of the twelve gates to the Holy City of the New Jerusalem. These so-called apocalyptic stones are intended to serve in protection against enemies and as a symbol of beauty and splendor.

Divine Favor –Sapphire.

Bishops wore this gemstone  to symbolize their devine stature. Tell someone you love , you think they’re heavenly. Sapphire

 

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HOPE—- Opal

Show your faith that things will work out with a gift of this gemstone.

For ages people have been believing in the healing power of Opal. It is reported to be able to solve depressions and to help its wearer find the true and real love. Opals are supposed to further enhance the positive characteristics for people born under the zodiac sign of Cancer. Black Opal is recommended to those born under Scorpio, and Boulder Opal is the lucky stone for Aries.

The fantastic colour play of Opal reflects changing emotions and moods of people. Fire and water, the sparkling images of Boulder Opal, the vivid light flashes of Black Opal or the soft shine of Milk Opal – striking contrasts characterise the colourful world of this fascinating gemstone. Maybe this is the reason why it depends on our daily mood which Opal we prefer. Opals are like human emotions: you always experience them different and anew.

Boulder Opal is from Opalton. One of our places we love to go fossicking.

What do you think, My husband gave me white opal, on my wedding day to wear. Did he know the meaning of true real love. Well we still love each other after 20 years.

Leave me a comment, tell me your story. Love to hear other peoples stories.

Thank You

Have a Great Day.

Wendy

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Start A Rock Collection.

Start a Rock Collection.

Giving a sample of rock specimens, can be a good start for a child interested in geology. ( Rock Collecting).

They’re handy and everywhere, small, and not too expensive.

The rock above is Pyrite.

These rocks are called fools gold when they show shinny bits of gold.

Peacock Ore when they show colours of a peacock feather.

All you need to start

Books, maps, a good rock hammer, a magnifier, and the guidance of local experts will take your interest  further.


Starting Collecting Rock/Stones.

Start your Rock Collection  , buying a pamphlet/book about rocks/gemstones and a few basic tools, is all you need to begin. 

Going on holidays in the car, stop and have a look around, on the side of the road, there is  lots of places where you can find all different types of  rocks.

  Yes you can buy them but you don’t know if they are real.

 

My first rock was from a creek bed. I liked the colour of the rock I picked up. 

First thing I did was cut it in half, I wanted to see more colour. Then I tumbled it, to make it shinny.

Next I put a hole in it, so I could where it as a neck lace.

crystal cleaned




Is  Your Rock Real.

Crystals straight out of the ground.

How do you  know if your rock is real or not.

Well if you go to a tourist shop and buy something packaged in a beautiful boxes or card, you can guest they are made by the millions, for shops.

Don’t buy collections that are glued to a card—that discourages close examination of the rocks.

Your rocks should still be dirty and have  it’s own personality-look.

Shinny Rocks, Rock with Colour. Some rocks are the same size but one might be  heavy, than the other rock.

This is where you get the interest in being a rock-hound/Fossicking-means looking for something.

Understanding and finding out Why the different. Colours.

Slices of coloured rocks

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The blue rock at the back is Lapis Lazuli.

Click here to find out more

Lapidary Club.

Joining your local Rock (lapidary ) Club Is a good idea. They will help you out, where to find rocks. Most of the time the clubs have tag along tours, and they show you what to look for.

There is a lot of shop that have samples of rocks, never buy ones that are  clean and pretty/shiny. Buy dirty rocks and clean them up your self. use washing up detergent and a brush. to clean the dirt off. Again you local Lapidary club has the equipment to make your rock shine. Parents will most likely have to do all the work, because most clubs wont let children under 12 years use there machine.

Lapidary Equipment.

Another away is to buy your own equipment. To clean and polish small rocks is to use a tumbler.

Tumblers are used to put a high polish on stones, they round of the corners, come out pretty shinny. Takes up to 6 weeks.

The best  way is to go to your local Lapidary Club and join, they have lots of equipment to use, and show you how to use the equipment and cut and polish your stone.

There is lots of interest things to see on the internet.

My First tool.
When I started out I used a Dremel to clean my rocks. I had to wear a mask because of the dust.My first stones I tried to polish was a opal, opal is mostly sandstone, so it was quite easy to shape a stone.

With harder stone like a Amethyst, that are not clear, hit them with a hammer to make them smaller, then go and shape them. using a tumble to polish  these stones are much easier way.

Use Wet and Dry Sand Paper.

Using wet and dry sand paper to polish a stone. Have a flat piece of glass, put your sand paper on the glass, wet if and start rubbing, it does take a long time. ( Do it while watching TV.)

You can join your local lapidary and use there equipment.

Happy Fossicking.

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Have a great day.

Wendy.

 

 

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Amethyst Gemstone- Different Colours of Amethyst I have found.

Amethyst is purple, all different colours of purple.

Where I live in North West Queensland, there is lots of shades of purple Amethyst.

Found green amethyst, it colour,  was  because of the sun. Purple was burnt out.

Amethyst is February  Birthsone. My Birthstone.

 

 

Amethyst Gemstone

  Amethyst comes in all colours of Purple. Pictures of Different Amethyst Quartz Crystals. is above.

Amethyst owes its colour to a trace element ( iron) in combination with natural radiation from its host rocks. It is the most valuable of the Quarts Gemstones with rich purple stones being the most prized.

A variety of vitreous quartz with purple, violet, or red-purple colouration, amethyst derives its name from the ancient Greek Amethiustos, meaning literally “not drunk” as it was believed  to guard against drunkenness. Traditionally associated with purity and piety, amethyst has also always been favoured by royalty as purple is considered a regal hue.

Where to find Amethyst.

Found in most countries where granitic rocks are exposed, amethyst occurs in alluvial deposit and geodes. Its colouration is principally due to traces of iron, and it is sometime colour-zoned due to twinning or preferential absorption on the rhombohedral faces. Major commercial sources of amethyst are Brazil, where it occurs in geodes that are frequently human-sized. Uruguay, Siberia, and North America, Crystal from Brazilian and Uruguayan deposits are most often found as radiating masses with individual crystals appearing as pyramids, Lower grade Brazilian and Uruguayan  amethyst is frequently turned into citrine by heat treatment, which changes its colour. Where both amethyst and citrine occour naturally in the same stone, the name ametrine is some time used.

Australia. In North Queensland.  They have a Crystal Cave Man Made for the tourist. You can see a lot the Crystal Geodes there, mostly from Brazil.  There is one over 6feet tall- dark Purple Amethyst, very beautiful. We bought a small Geode, that they cracked for us,  but it only had very small crystal forming inside..

Below is the  Small Geode, They cracked it open, to reveal small crystals inside.  Buy This.

Amethyst Geode from Brazil.

Amethyst Gemstone History.

Amethyst has a long History as a Gemstone.

In the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia amethyst was highly valued and was used to create cylinder seals, engraved with a religious design and the owner’s name. The engraving was transferred to legal documents in the form of clay tablets by rolling the cylinder over the tablets. The ancient Egyptian amethyst came principally from Nubia, once a province of Egypt.

Amethyst Gemstone

Today amethyst is both faceted, Cabochan and cut and shaped in to  , Tumbled and Polished, and it is widespread use as a carving material.

Amethyst
This is a dark Amethyst. Amethyst Found in Qld.

 

Amethyst Value.

Amethyst most valued shades are a deep, rich purple, and a deep purple with a reddish tinge.

Prismatic Crystal  worn uncut as pendants.

Heat treated Amethyst .

When Heated, some Amethyst crystals change colour to a yellow-brown. Many crystals sold as Citrine are heat-treated Amethyst

 

 

Amethyst North West Queensland.

 

Amethyst is a beautiful gemstone in Queensland Australia there is a lot of places to go to find Amethyst.

Finding that Great stone is not easy. Large amount of Amethyst we have found are not clear, lots of flaws.

Amethyst Clusters.

Amethyst Clusters are lots of Amethyst Points stuck together, as one stone.

Amethyst Flower.

Amethyst Flower are buried deep within a layer of basalt. They are carefully and tediously worked with small hand held tools until the basalt and other matrix minerals are removed, exposing the beautiful Amethyst Flower.

Chevron Amethyst.

Chevron Amethyst displays v-shaped chevrons of deep purple to light purple and white Quartz that seep into beautiful layers. One place, It is found easy is, In the North West Qld. Australia.

 

I love the colour purples we have found fossicking for amethyst. So many things you can do with your stones that are not quality gemstones. The chevron Amethyst cut to a shape and put in a tumble, come out beautiful. Where we get the chevron Amethyst, we get the dark purple Amethyst, again very hard to find that piece without flaws.

At amethyst Castle in Queensland, it is not hard work finding Amethyst it is everywhere. You need Permission to go they as it is owned by a Mining company. There is camping ground that cost nothing.

Find out more places you can find Amethyst.

Need help or information please leave me a comment.

Have a Great Day

Happy Fossicking.

Looking for Gemstones is very relaxing and fun.

Wendy

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Gemstone Equipment For Polishing .

Gemstone Equipment For Polishing Gemstone.

How to get started. How to Polish gemstone. What Gemstone Equipment do I need.

The stone  from the picture above. Where we live there is a lot of different coloured Amethyst.

This stone has been Cut, Cab and  Polished at our local club. Buy Now

Pretty Stones.

When you buy Jewellery, is it the gold/silver or the gemstone/stones that catches your eye.

Understand about Gemstones/Rocks.

How do they make it so shinny.

Learn how  to do some thing to a gemstone/rock,  cut it into two pieces, like make a different shape , polish it. and yes make Jewellery also.

 

Rocks/ Stones some are very hard, and some are very soft. Some stones show a pretty colour a first site, some do not show there true colours until  you either cut or polish them

My First Fossicking Trip.

The first place I  went to, fossicking,  looking for gemstones was Opalton. I came  home with all these stones, and a lot of them had lots of  pretty colours in them. The out side stone was a sandstone, dusty and muddy . The first Machine I used was  a Dremel , to sand an clean  the out side rock, so I could see the colours and shape the rock. Now I have a better machine.

Opal Found at Opalton. Qld.

When you start out looking at How to Polish Gemstones.

Want to do something to that Crystal/Stone/Rock you found.

At first you would like to get the dirt out and clean it up. Some people use chemicals, soap and water is a good start. My first rock was a creek rock. When you looked at it , it did have pretty colours. This rock I put it in a vibrator. The colour came out great, it was a pretty rock. So look for different coloured rock/stones. 

Join Your Local Lapidary Club.

This helps you find out about lots of different Gemstone/Minerals you can find.

Most clubs have equipment for you to use.

Equipment to help you see more.

The Loupe.

It   a is magnifier glass, helps you see better, by magnifying what you are looking at.

What is a Loupe

Loupe is a magnifier glass, so you can see all the scratches and flaws in your stone. There is hand held ones, which are hard to use because, most of the time you need two hands. There is the small single eye ones that have lights in them, I find them hard to look through. And you have binocular ones that are a head loupe. These have different lens, light attached. The binocular ones are great, a little bit hard to get used to them, but once you do become accustomed to them you will always use them. When Purchasing a Loupe you need a good quality one, over time we have bought a few. Remember what you pay is what you get. It is better to see what you are buying, to be able to get a good Loupe. I have bought a lot. 

Good light.

When looking at your stone you are trying to see if it is clear from  flaws and scratches. Looking at a sapphire or zircon gemstone, there is looks of marks, very hard to find a clear stone.

 

Adhesives/Wax

Using glues and wax helps in holding that small stone to a doping stick . This is when you are cabbing your stone or faceting your stone. Saves your finger nails, from grinding away.

 

What is Doping.


Dopping is a process of attaching a stone to a dop stick (piece of dowel) -( wooden stick) by means of a special, hard wax. This is a type sealing wax,  but with the addition of some shellac to make it hold better. Using dopping stick save your finger nails, when using  the grinding wheels with your stones

How to use Your Wax.

To Attach a stone to a stick , both must be warm and the wax hot enough to flow but not burn. Do not let the wax catch fire as this will cause it to become brittle and not hold the stone. Takes a bit of practise to get it . I still have trouble with my stone falling of my stick. You can use a High Adhesion Wax or Doping Epoxy ( Glue).

Rotary/Barrel–Tumbling.

Tumbling rocks/stones

Tumbling takes about 6  weeks to make you stone shinny. Tumbler will clean your rock also, a tumbler users different grits to do this.  5 different Silicon Carbide Grit are need to get a polish. Changing your grit all the time until you use a polish grit.

 

Vibratory

Vibratory is faster way to polish a rock/gemstone. One week and you can have polish stones. These machines cost more. My machine did not last long.

 

Polishes.

There is lot of different polishes/methods in polishing a stone. 

Oxide Polish.

Cerium<Chrome, Zirconium, Aluminium.

More to Come Need help leave me a comment and I will get back to you.

 

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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.