Holiday to the Northern Territory. with our two dogs.
Dogs on NT Holiday
We love looking for gemstones- rocks, so that was part of our holiday.
We left Mount Isa about 9am. Camooweal was 182 kl from the Isa.
We bought a bacon and egg burger there, very nice. Yes we shared it with the dogs.
Next going across the Queensland and Northern Territory boarder.
Covid 19, we had our paper, we printed them out, from the internet, permission to go into the NT, before we left home.
Queensland had no one at the border on their side., checking drivers. Bit scary.
Up ahead is the Northern Territory boarder. Left side. Qld on the right.
To travel into the northern territory you had to go on the internet and register when you would be traveling. June 2021.
The boarder is in the middle of nowhere and we had to line up to get our papers checked. Where you showed your papers to cross. Lots of people had to go back to Camooweal so they could download papers of the internet.
Buster looking out the window, he was waiting for dad to stop driving.
The roads just keep on going. In the Northern Territory the roads are very good.
Queensland needs to employ the NT road departments, so they can make good roads throughout Queensland too.
Next stop is Barkly Homestead, where we filled the car up here. I never took any pictures.
Here they have a caravan park, and food and bar shop.
Next stop, for our first night, was Frewen free camping.
The Caravan with all its batteries and solar panels, makes life a little easy, when camping out.
There is overnight parking. Lots of caravans were parked here for the night here.
While we were away, the dogs stayed on there leads all the time. It was very hard to fine green grass to let them play.
Gemstones we found here was Jasper and Ribbonstone and agate.
Travelling along the Barky Highway Day two. We drove to the three ways. Where the Barkly Highway joins the Stuart Highway.
There were lots of Caravans lined up to get fuel. Never seen so many caravans.
Most of the number plates were Vic. They say they head north to get away from the cold.
Alice Springs was not hot, it got down to 2 one morning. So Cold.
Darwin had nice weather when we were there. We did have the air conditioner on., and it did rain one day.
All the shops had winter clothing out, no summer clothing. So there not much to shop for.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
All the pictures above are from my collection, I am happy to share, and sell my rocks/gemstones.( at a cost)
Gemstones are very Beautiful they come in all color and are all different prices.
The picture is uncut opal stone.
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
A gift of this gemstone says you’re not just kidding around.
Blue is the main color of the sapphire. Blue is also the Favorite color of 50 % of all people. Men and women alike. We associate this color, 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 color which fits in with everything that is constant and reliable.
Sapphire do come in lots of different colors also.
The green of the emerald is the color of life and of springtime. Which comes round again and again.
It has also, for centuries, been the color of beauty and of constant love.
In ancient Rome, green was the color of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love.
Squeeze the gem and it gives off electricity. Give it and create sparks.
Tourmalines are gems with an incomparable variety of colors. Comes in all colors.
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 colors 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 color 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 ‘amethyst’s’ 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 colors. 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 color, 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 color, because it is the color of the sky.
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.
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.
Use this gemstone to call for a truce. Amethyst.
Take your love to a higher plane with a gift of this gemstone.
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
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 color 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 characterize the colorful 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 people’s stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 are lots of Amethyst Points stuck together, as one stone.
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 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.
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