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A life of luck - ABC Capricornia - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Gemfields are in the heart of central Queensland, dotted by hundreds of mining leases for sapphires.<p>Victorian traveller Emmaline Froggatt says …

How to mine Tasmanian sapphires by hand

<i>Dark blue Tasmanian sapphires can sell for thousands of dollars and so long as you don't mind spending your days waist deep in bitterly cold water,</i> …


Gem Festival in Celtic Country | Glen Innes

You never forget the excitement of your first stone<p>See stones crafted into wearable masterpieces<p>Relive the rich history of local gemstone …

Above All Else: Searching for Sapphires in the Tasmanian Wilderness

In partnership with Asahi Super Dry, we follow a sapphire miner who finds his gems not underground, but in the depths of Tassie’s rivers and forests.

"Sapphire mining in Australia" by GIA

Alluvial Gold Prospecting - How to get the most Gold from a Dry Creek Bed Part 2

All that glitters: the fossils of Lightning Ridge

I’D NEVER BEEN on an outback dig before, so travelling to the mining town of Lightning Ridge to spend a week working with Australian Opal Centre …


Queensland gem mine capitalising on renewed interest in Australian stones

International buyers are driving a boom in demand for Australian gems, with one Queensland family at the forefront.<p>Peter Brown, who owns a gem mine …