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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.

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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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Ribbon Stone

Ribbon Stone-description.  Where to find Ribbon stone. All the beautiful colour of the Ribbon Stone






Cutting Ribbonstone.

This is a very hard rock to cut, a lot of people will smash the stone open with there picks to see the colour inside. the rock. . Above in the picture, this rock has been cut, and there is one stone in the picture that has been Cab, next to it is the piece of rock it was cut from.

Hard Stones when cutting just take longer to cut.


                Where I found  Ribbon stone.

There is a lot of places to find Ribbonstone.

I found  the piece in the picture above,  just outside  Camooweal, in North West Queensland. Fossick for Ribbonstone or just pick it up, you would have to say just pick it up. Some how I don’t think it is Fossicking. Finding Ribbonstone is very easy. First thing you wonder is,  how a ugly rock can have such beauty inside it. They come in all different colours.

Morning Drive.

We set of from Mt Isa at 6am, on our way out of town we went and got Breakfast a Hash Brown, and a cup of coffee.  Our trip was to Camooweal on the boarder of Queensland and Northern Territory, Nearly two hour drive, from Mount Isa.


Lapidary Club Members.

Two hours later we arrived at Camooweal, we sort of new where to go. We were told by our local Lapidary Club Members.


We took our Fossicking Hammer, Hat, never put our shoe on. (stupid Idea not to.) and Chairs

Morning tea. 

We took drinks and morning/lunch with us. Being local we new we would most likely be eating in the car. Flys and heat will do it every time.

Suburb of Mount Isa.

188 kilometres from Mount Isa , Camooweal is now considered a Suburb of Mount Isa, such is the vastness of the region, and the huge jurisdiction the Mount Isa City Council operates. The Barkly Highway between Mount Isa and Camooweal is considered the longest main street in the world at 188 kilometres long.

Went  looking around.

Out side Camooweal there is a river , Georgina River, before you get to the Northern Territory Boarder.   Not much water,  because it was hot summers day, plus we were in drought. no rain for a very long time, our dirt was bull dust, (very fine Dusty-Dirt).

Georgina River

On the left side of the river there is camping, rest area has rubbish bins. There was No one  there because it was  to hot to camp. Dry and dusty.

Smash the Rocks.

Getting out the car, we found a lot of different coloured rocks that were smashed open, yes they were Ribbonstone, lot of different patterns, lines, colours. The Rock above was a large Rock, we smashed a corner of to see the colours.

Ribbonstone is a hard rock.

Ribbonstone is a very hard rock to smash open or to cut. I never put my shoes on, and yes a peice of rock came back and hit me on my  toe. It hurt that much , I reckon it broken my toe,  plus cut it open. Make sure you think of safety first when smashing rocks.

Lapidary Club.

We went down to our local lapidary club to cut the stone in the picture on top of this page. The 6 cuts on the one stone cost about $10.00. Only because of the size. I have got one,  a beautiful cab out of it so far, I will get more. Being a member of your local club, lets you use there trim saw, grinding wheels, and polishing wheels, so you can cab you stones.

Cab Ribbonstone from the stone at the top of this page.





Contact Me if You would like to Know More About Fossicking in Mount Isa and Cloncurry Areas.

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Lapidary Equipment Rock Hammer

Lapidary Equipment

Rock Hammer. One end digs dirt and the other end smashes rocks
Buy-       Estwing E30 Leather Grip Pointed Tip Rock Pick
This is the hammer used to split and trim stratified rocks or dig into sediments. Its chisel end is handy for splitting shale layers in search of fossils. It’s also well suited for carving clean exposures of sediment layers like varied clays or lake beds to prepare them for sampling or photography. The hammer head is suitable for light chisel work. This hammer must not be used as a chisel, that is, by hammering on the hammer’s face, or it may chip

Rockhounds/Fossickers have several different rock hammers to choose from. One is usually enough for a day trip, as long as it is the right one. Suitable hammers can be found in most large hardware stores, although they may not be labeled as rock hammers. For many users, these are all they need for a lifetime.

High Quality. Yes.

Hammers of higher quality and different designs are available from specialty manufacturers and dealers. Heavy users, people with unusual physiques, rockhounds/fossickers who want a wide choice of options and someone looking for a special present should seek these out, but most people do not need a premium tool.

Tools From Discount Stores. NO

The important thing is to never use a carpenter’s hammer and avoid cheap, off-brand tools from discount stores. These can be made of soft or poorly tempered metal that may splinter or bend in heavy use, endangering the user and anyone standing nearby. Cheap materials in the handle may also strain the arm and wrist, perform poorly when wet or turn crumbly after long sun exposure. Some are not Safe to use.

Rock Hammer.

I use my rock hammer a lot when Fossicking, It moves the dirt better than any other tool.

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