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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.  You do not have to get permission , A Fossicking License is required.

The sign for Maronan Station  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 are 3 gates you have to open and make sure you shut them.

On your way you will pass red arrows, tells you, you’re 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 nights 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 is 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 anything at your camp site, when you go fossicking.

Where to go Fossicking.

Up the hill. From the campgrounds, 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 overgrown, the top is where 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.

The hill is on the side.
Up the top is Garnets

Pink- Purple.

Small chips Garnets

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.

We carried water up the hill.

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.


Stone from Amethyst Castle

Dark Amethyst from Amethyst Castle.
Amethyst from Kuridala light purple crystal.

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Gemstone. Zircon. Stones from Northern Territory. Australia.

3 Stones from Northern Territory. Australia.
These are call bombs. ( to many fractures). These stones can not be cut. Great for display.

Northern Territory Zircons.

We went on a one week holiday to a Zircon field, up near Gem Tree in the northern Territory in the cooler months of the year. June.
If was cool, it was bl…y Cold. 1 Degree first morning then, 0 degree the next.

We were self sufficient, we had every thing even the kitchen sink. Some of us had caravan, camping trailers and tents.
Yes we had our own toilet, there was a toilet on the Zircon fields.

First Day.
We were all excited to find Zircons.

We just had to start digging to see who found the first Zircon.

Finding Zircon, First you put the dirt in a sieve, then you put it in a Willougbhy, under that is a bucket of water,

you can put your sieve into and wash your stones, in a large bucket(tube) of water.
You can see Zircons, better when they are wet.
You can buy water at Gem Tree Shop.

Where do you start.

Some of the people that were, already digging were in big holes. Lots of holes.
There were five groups in our group, so we all went off to areas, were someone else had started digging.
Yes we were finding zircon, nothing great but we were finding them, some of our group were in big hole and small holes.
One of our group found a great cutter in a hole he started himself.

Yes we dug holes for 5 Days, we all found some good cutters, lots of bombs, to many fractures in the stone.
to do anything with. They do look good on display, or use them in planters.
Have a look at the picture.

One of the stones we sent away to get cut. (To buy this stone click on the picture.)

In June it was so cold, We never had waterproof gloves, which we really needed. It did warm up during the day.

We went to a few other fossicking areas.
Went and found dodecahedrons, They are all sizers and a like a garnet and has 12 sides.

That all for Zircons

You can always go to gem tree in the Northern Territory and stay in there camping area, and go on tag along trips.

Happy Fossicking


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Birthstone- What is your Birthstone


Birthstone -What is your Birthstone.

Every month has a different Gemstone/ Birthstone.

Find out more about your birthstone/gemstones.

Birthstones- is your Diamond , Emerald, Amethyst, Aquamarine how lucky are you.

March Birthstone:

Aquamarine: What a beautiful stone.

 Aquamarine is exceptionally hard and has an outstanding vitreous glass-like luster, It is most famous for its breathtaking sea-blue colours which can range from pale light blue to medium-dark blue. The name ‘aquamarine’ was derived from an old Latin expression which meant ‘seawater’.

Octagon- Scissor Cut Light Blue Aquamarine


Like seawater, aquamarine can be pale to light-blue, dark-blue, blue-green and green-blue. The more saturated the colour, the higher the value, although almost all aquamarine is typically a lighter blue tone.


Gemstones Birthstones

January – Garnet they come in all colours. I have seen  deep red, Pink – purple  and green.

February–  Amethyst is Purple Quartz. all shades of purple  from dark to very light.

March  —  Aquamarine Light blue to a light light blue, beautiful sparkle when faceted.

April  —   Diamond   the most desirable gemstone. (every girls best friend) .comes in a lot of colours.

May —  Emerald a fascinating  green coloured gemstone.

June —  Ruby a gemstone is most famous for its fiery red colour.

August —  Peridot  another green gemstone. light green .

September — Sapphire  comes in lots of colours, blue is sapphire main colour.

October — Opal  is all different colours. The more fire (colour) the better the stone.

November —Topaz looks like a crystal. colours I have see it clear, blues, yellow.

December —  Turquoise is a beautiful sky blue stone.

Birthstones are gemstones.

The month you were born there is a birthstone. All birthstones are gemstones each having a unique meaning & historical significance.

Birthstone Healing Powers:

Amber:      Thought to aid memory , purify the body, alleviate headaches, and bone and heart problems.Amber is known for its stress relieving and calming properties.

Amethyst:   Aids in the reduction of insomnia, arthritis, pain relief, and circulatory issues. Amethyst is considered the gemstone of meditation, peace, balance, courage, and inner strength.

Aquamarine:   Aids the liver, throat, stomach, jaw, teeth, eyes and ears. Aquamarine is also known for releasing fear, calming, nerves, and bringing mental clarity.

Citrine:     Considered the gemstone to provide greater or increased healing, Citrine also promotes success, abundance, and clear thinking.

Garnet:    Aids blood, heart, and lungs and is known to promote romantic love, passion, sensuality, and intimacy.

Lapis:   Thought to aid in the alleviation of insomnia and depression, Lapis is also Known for creating openness, truthfulness, and creativity.

Onyx:   Associated with the root chakra, Onyx brings spiritual inspiration, and control over emotions.

Pearl:    Known for its calming properties, the peral is said to aid purity, charity, integrity, truth, and loyalty in its wearer.

Peridot:   Healing  stress  in  relationships, lessening anger and jealousy, and slowing aging, the peridot promotes abundance and prosperity.

Ruby:     Aiding the emotions is the Ruby’s calling card. Also known to increase integrity, devotion, and happiness.

Sapphire:  The gemstone of creative expression and inner peace and meditation, the Sapphire also aids in personal expression and alleviation of pain.

Topaz:    One of the most powerful gemstones, Topaz facilitates the balance of emotions and provides protection from greed.

Turquoise:   A gemstone steeped in lore and tradition, Turquoise is a healing and balance stone.

For more information about Healing Powers Click Here.