Fossicking Australia - Sapphires

By Alan | A magazine focusing on Australian sapphire history, geology, cutting and fossicking.

"Sapphire mining in Australia" by GIA

Australia

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 …

Queensland

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.

Travel

Richland Resources adds polish to sapphire operation to boost margins

Richland Resources PLC (LON:RLD) has decided to upgrade its sapphire processing operation after a sales and marketing review indicated this would …

Washington State

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 …

Jewelry

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> …

Jewelry

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 …

Travel

Australian Sapphires - Info And Faceted Gems

Australia is home to one of the best geographical locations for sapphires in the world and it is renowned for producing beautiful Australian …

Jewelry

How to Check Yellow Sapphire

While not as common or prized as its blue counterpart, yellow sapphire is a beautiful precious gem that makes a lovely addition to your jewelry …

Jewelry

Het was een hete nacht. We hebben met de deuren van Bumblebee wagenwijd open geslapen en dan nog was het bakken. Dat voorspelt weinig goeds voor de rest van de dag. Nu ja, veel tijd hebben we niet om…

Het was een hete nacht. We hebben met de deuren van Bumblebee wagenwijd open geslapen en dan nog was het bakken. Dat voorspelt weinig goeds voor de …

Understanding the origin of rubies and sapphires to improve prospecting strategies

Rubies and sapphires belong to the corundum mineralogical family. Corundums exist in a wide range of colours. They consist of aluminium oxide …

Geology

Aussie gemstones: sapphire

Sapphire has played a unique role in Australia’s mining history that stretches back to the 1850s with the discovery of the first sapphire in NSW. In …

North Queensland

Sapphire Hunting at Frazer Creek

By Jenny Summer ville<p>The days of finding serious sapphires simply by fossicking in creeks and gullies around Inverell are gone. The day of the …

Colorado

Fossicking

Fossicking is a popular and rewarding activity in the Oberon district, with a few designated fossicking areas accessible to the public where you do …

Breakups

40ct Sapphire

Charlie & Irena from Redbank Plains in Brisbane come up a couple of times every year and head out with Keith, and have been doing so for five + …

Easter

What makes some gems more valuable than others ?

The appearance of a colored gem is a combination of many separate factors, each of which is related to, and affected by, the others. It is precisely …

Tutorials

Striking gold: 'Apple Isle Prospector' shares his secrets with fellow Tasmanian treasure hunters - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A Tasmanian man has struck gold when it comes to sharing the secrets to his fossicking finds with other gem hunters.<p>Miguel de Salas has started his …

Australia

Capricorn Sapphire

<b>Richland is working to establish the Capricorn Sapphire Mine as a new hub for responsibly mined blue, yellow, green and multi coloured …

Jewelry

NSW Sapphire

The following article is one we wrote for the Corunduminium website – the updated version of this website has not launched yet so we thought we would …

New South Wales

The Story of Our Sapphires

Unique

Fossicking Map

Minerama Field Trip sites, public and "pay to dig" fossicking sites for rockhounding and gem hunting in NSW, Australia.

Lucky fossicker finds 753-carat sapphire at the Gemfields

IT'S a story that has astounded even the long-time locals.<p>A lucky fossicker recently found a 753-carat sapphire at the Gemfields, near Emerald, by …

Jewelry

Fossicking

Join the search for buried treasure<p>Fossicking for gemstones is becoming an increasingly popular pursuit among the growing legions of grey nomads. And …

Travel

Richland Resources CEO on company’s new beginning in sapphires

Bernard Olivier, chief executive of Richland Resources (LON:RLD), discusses the ‘huge potential’ of the company’s Australian sapphire mine, which he …

Washington State

How To Judge Color Quality In Sapphires

Judging Color Is Dependent On 3 Factors<p>Color is affected by a gemstone’s hue, saturation and tone. Often, multiple colors can be found in the same …

Tutorials

Heading Down Fossickers Way: North West NSW

After our lack luster time in the Warrick fossicking areas a few weeks ago, we decided to head into an area a bit more renowned for this type of …

Charters Towers & The Gemfields

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 in QLD - Inland | 2 comments<p>It didn’t bode well that the GPS didn’t seem to have heard of Charters Towers, but undeterred we …

Travel