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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


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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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.

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.


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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.



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).


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 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.



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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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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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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   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 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.


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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.


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.

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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.






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.


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


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.

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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


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.


Gemstone Names Starting with P.

Peridot, Phenakite

Gemstone Names Starting with Q.


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.


Gemstone Names Starting With Z.


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.

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Tumbler or Vibrator to Polish Stones

Tumbled Rocks. Stone Vibrator.

How to use a Tumble or Vibrator to Polish rocks/stones. What grits to use.

Tumbled Amethyst What is a Tumbler.

A tumbler is a piece of equipment used to polish rocks/gemstones  when a rock/gemstone is found (collected) it is usually rough, and dirty, big or small. To tumble a stone takes up to four weeks to bring out the natural beauty of the stone. nice and shinny. The Stones to your left are amethyst. Tumbled.

Tumbled Gemstone is. Any stone or rock that has been tumbled, brings out the beauty of a stone, true colours. Tumbled stones,  are a rounded stone, with no sharp edges.

Tumbling Your Stone to make it look like a Polished Stone.

A tumblers is a cylinder which turns with the assistance of a small motor. I have a twin tumbler. I fill two cylinder, with stones, and they roll and roll for one week until I change there grit.


Step By Step Guide to Tumble Stones in your Tumbler

  1. Cut and shape my stones, so they are about the same size.
  2. Half fill my tumble cylinder with rocks.
  3. Add washing up detergent 1Teaspoon full, cover rocks with water.
  4. First Grit Silicon Carbide 200 ,1 Tablespoon full
  5. Let tumble for One week clean out tumbler.
  6. Put rocks back in tumbler . do step 3 again.
  7. Second Grit Silicon Carbide 600, 1 Tablespoon full.
  8. Let tumble one week clean out tumbler
  9. Put rocks back in Tumbler, do step 3 again.
  10. Third Grit silicon Carbide 1200, 1 Tablespoon full.
  11. let tumble for one week, clean out tumbler
  12. put rocks back in tumbler, do step 3 again
  13. Fourth aluminium oxide Polish 1 Tablespoon.
  14. leave for one week.
  15. If rocks are not polished enough put them in again.
  16. the end.

When I tumbler my stones. First I like to get every thing  ready. To do this I like to have them nearly all the same size stones, and the same stones, like all amethyst in the one barrel. A tumbler, tumblers your stones and put a nice rounded side on all your stones. Some stones take longer than others, to do that finial polish.

Lortone Tumbler

The above tumble is the one I have. We can do two lots of stones at once. Takes around 6 weeks to get a nice polished stones.


Vibrators Equipment is  a bowl on a stand, that shakes and vibrates at the same time. A Vibrator, will polish the stone in about a week, the stone will be polished and shine, the stone come out the way they go in, some still have there sharp corners.

  1. Cut and shape your stones.
  2. Half fill your bowl with stones
  3. Add washing up detergent 1 teaspoon full and cover stones with water
  4. First Grit 200 Silicon Carbide 1 tablespoon.
  5. Let vibrate for 2 days, Clean out bowl.
  6. put stones back in vibrator, do step 3 again.
  7. Second Grit 600 Silicon Carbide 1 tablespoon.
  8. Let vibrate 2 days, Clean out Bowl.
  9. Put stones back in Vibrator, do step 3 again.
  10. Third Grit 1200 Silicon Carbide 1 tablespoon.
  11. Let Vibrate 2 days, Clean out bowl.
  12. Put stones back in vibrator, do step 3 again.
  13. Fourth aluminium  Oxide Polish 1 tablespoon.
  14. Let Vibrate for 2 days.
  15. Stones should be ready.

When cleaning between grits.

Make sure you clean your rocks/stone of all the grit, in the bowl or cylinder. Each grit can contaminate the other. Your mix in your containers between grits  is muddy water, and it takes a bit to wash it out.

Different between Tumbler and a Vibrator.

First off a tumbler is cheaper than a Vibrator.

Second a tumbler takes a long time to shine a stone/rock, 4 weeks Plus.

Third a vibrator only take a week to shine a stone/rock.

The end polish is nothing like the tumbles rocks.

The rocks are nearly the same shape  as they went in.

What Is Silicon Carbide Grit.

Synthetic- Silicon Carbide occurs naturally as the mineral moissanite. However, it is extremely rare, only found in tiny quantities in a limited number of locations.

All of the Silicon Carbide sold as a abrasive is manufactured, It is produced by placing a mixture of coke (  a fuel & carbon source) sand ( a Silicon source) and sawdust ( another Carbon source) in a electric resistance furnace and heating to a very high temperature. The silicon Carbide is then crushed and screened into specific sizes, These Grits And Powders are used as cutting, grinding and polishing Media, The small the number the more it take of your stone. The higher the number the more shin you get.

Silicon Carbide Grit.

Is a inexpensive it Combination of hardness of 9+ and low price, make it an excellent abrasive for rock tumbling. (lapidary work).

I have used all of the above my favourite is the tumbler, it takes a long time but you get some good results when you tumbler. Our tumbler is a 2 barrel tumbler. When you go out looking for stones/rocks there is always small stones. Pick them up they are great for the tumbler, you can make,  gemstone trees with them, and lots of other things.

Below is some tumbles you can buy. They come in all sizes. The bigger the tumbler the more rocks you can do at one time, remember it takes 4 weeks to finish polishing your rocks.

Need to know more before you purchase a tumbler, ask away in the comment box.

Did you know why.

One reason people join there local lapidary club, is to use there cutting machine.

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Bye Wendy

Silicon Carbide Grit. to used to polish stones.
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Old Mine Towns

Thomas Died 15/21912
Thomas Tame died 15/02/1912

Old Mine Towns.

To hot to look for Gemstones, we went exploring Old Mine Towns. Thomas Died on 15/02/1912, he  was from England (click on the picture to make it larger).

On valentine’s day 2016, we went for a drive, for something to do. We both like the open country side, Made a picnic lunch, lots of drinks . The temperature was going to get up around 42 degrees, so we were not going to be able to do much gem hunting.

We started out at 7am. McDonalds  was our first stop for coffee and hash browns. Left Mount Isa and headed towards Cloncurry, The turn off is nearly half way between towns. 58 kl east of Mount Isa And 60 kl west of Cloncurry. Next to the turn off, on the other side off the road ,there is a camping ground. In the winter month it is full off caravans. Free Camping. Summer months no one camps.

Fountain Springs.

A small bush near road
Two birds in a bush

Rosebud Station- sign when you go over the grid This road takes you to Fountain Springs. This road was used when  they filming the movie Crocodile Dundee. The road is dirt and it is around 26 kl, 4 wheel drive country. lots off wash out, along the road. The copper prices are low, so there no mining companies working out this way a the moment, so the roads  are not getting graded.  Do not go on this road, if it is going to rain.

This area has had a fair bit of rain this season, so we thought that the springs, water would be flowing  down the mountain, at least wash out the creek, nice and clean water. No sign of water. There were people camping in the creek, so there was no water to be seen. The waterfall was not to be seen , the whole area is really  over grown, not nice at all. We did not stop at Fountain Springs.

About Fountain Springs. I have not seen the falls flowing. I have only seen water seeping out of the hill, lower down.  Fountain Springs( was) is the main waterhole for the station owners  and mines in the area, Plus the animals. A Huge gash in the Fountain Range marks the entrance to Fountain Springs. This is where a geological faultline allows the watertable to come to the surface, providing a year round spring. Very nice place when we have a lot of rain.

Rough Roads Rough Roads[/caption]


Highville: We took the first turn to the left on our way back from Fountain Springs. At the start of the track there is a sign post about the area. This track takes you along a creek bed. There is a big stone-cement walls along the creek bed, how much work went into it and it is still standing today. This track is for 4 wheel drives only. There was no creek crossing with boggy conditions because we have not had enough rain, just slow driving over very rocky country roads.. Along the way there is evidence of a railway track. Highville Cemetery we stop and had a look around and took pictures. Lots of big pieces of mica lying around every where.

Highville was established in 1913 as working quarters for the Wee MacGregor Mine the other side of the ranges. The town was connected to Ballara by 2′ gauge tram line. The MacGregor Hotel and post office operated in the town from 1909 to 1914. A school also operated here and catered for the children of both Highville and Ballara. Ballara water supply came from Fountain Springs

Ballara Cemetery.

Next stop  on our way up to the Wee MacGregor Mine was Ballara  Cemetery. Local Councils have put sign up. The town of Ballara was established in 1913, After originally being named “mineral” Ballara was located  on the railway line from Malbon  in the south to the Wee MacGregor mine in the mountains to the north.(.Malbon town is still  there. It has a railway line, a couple of houses, and a phone box, in the only street through the town.)The last train pulled into Ballara in 1927, soon after, the rail line was dismantled due to a decline in copper prices.

The track up the hill to the tunnel has  ( road is marked with red poles) some very bad washout, slow driving big drop off, The car tilts to 20 degrees plus in some spots. It is mountain country

Beautiful Tree
This tree is on the road to the tunnel

Look down , lock out, what a beautiful sight. My partner jokes about if he had to turn around on this road, but them we came to a open spot on the hill (mountain) where you could turn around. We were not at Wee MacGregor mine, we were at the tunnel above the mine.  There was bats in the tunnel , I did not go through, On the other side of the tunnel you look down on what used to be the Wee MacGregor, over the years it has open up a number of times. there used to be a road around to the mine, but it just to rough now days, even for a four wheel drives because, it is all mountains rock country.

Update 2019, there is a mining  company working in the area and you can drive to Wee MacGregor Mine the road has been graded.

Early Miners
Miners when there was no car or trucks only trains and trams.

The tunnel is the only railway tunnel in the north west of Queensland. to see it ,to think, how they did it, The stone work-cement work. Picture on right is the men working on the tunnel in the old days.

Wee MacGregor Mine. You can still get there, by going different ways. You can go around the hills and come out at Cattle yards. Do not follow directions  to turn of 48kl out of Mount Isa, the Mount Frosty Road. (Picture On top of this  page is Mt Frosty water hole all dried up). This road is for 4 wheel drivers only, there is very rough spots. 2019 yes. (Gutsack hill ) is very rough, We have heard of people freezing because this hill is very rough.Lotsof wash outs, and big holes.

Wee MacGregor mine Tunnel 2016
The Tunnel Wee MacGregor mine 2016

Overall it was a very nice day out, with my better half. The only stones we picked up was some mica (big Pieces). There was a lot of coloured glass lying around.

Not Gemstones Coloured Glass
Coloured Glass

This is my story about exploring old 2016. I will  add to it another time if you want to go to Wee Mac Gregor mine or look for Maltese Cross, Crystals, and more gemstones. Leave a  comment, and I will get back to you

Make sure you zoom in on the pictures. And have a look at some other picture in the  image post.  Have a nice day.

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2019 update.

The road to Wee MacGregor mine has been graded. (Fountain springs) going the back way, is not as rough. Explore the old mine towns and the tunnel, follow the signs. Right will take you up to the tunnel, Left will take you to the old mine Wee MacGregor.

Bye For now.

Happy and Safe Exploring.