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Fossicking Locations / Round Australia Trip
« on: July 22, 2013, 09:24:42 PM »
Greetings Alfer's,

So I have been off this forum for quite some time, I have had a pretty major health issue which is now hopefully resolved and have been working flat out for a small exploration company. Now that our mining industry is winding down I have been layed off which brings me to beg the question, where to go from here?

I have always wanted to do a round the country trip to look for gems and fossils so I am reaching out and asking for tips on where to go, what I will need and how long I should plan to stay at certain times of the year. There is a good chance that this trip will probably take longer to plan than to go on and that life might yet get in the way resulting in the trip being done in stages or quite a few years down the track. It would be awesome if anyone could PM me their contact details so I could catch up and possibly get a private tour (the offer is always open on my end) or if anyone could PM me maps, details etc that would be great. I am not sure about buying a camper etc yet, more likely to get a roof top tent for my cruiser.

I would love to hear from anyone who has done a big fossicking trip and I would appreciate any ideas and suggestions,

Take care, stay well and stay happy,

Cain

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Fossicking Locations / Blackwood lunatic
« on: February 10, 2011, 08:41:04 AM »
Hi all,

Just wanted to put a warning out to anyone who prospects in and around Blackwood Victoria. I was fortunate to go panning and sluicing with my parents there yesterday when we were approached by a local, his girlfriend (with bright red hair) and his dog a brown staffie. The man told me to get lost and fill in my holes (those were not his words) he then threatened me and kicked my pan out into the water. The man continued his threats and abuse for nearly an hour telling me that what I was doing was illegal. I advised him to call the ranger which he claimed he did after returning to take our pictures. The police can't do much without his id. The whole experienced ruined an otherwise great day. I always fill in my holes when I leave and this area off the old tip road is extremely popular. If anyone else sees him there just ignore him and if he threatens you contact the police.

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Trip Talk / Buckland Gold
« on: December 17, 2010, 07:08:19 PM »
I just thought I would show off the gold I panned over three days in the Buckland Valley. There are no big bits just some coarse specks. Exactly one gram. Great fun finding the stuff, I know you can't facet it but it sure makes the gems look good. ;)

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Trip Talk / Best field trip EVER!!!
« on: July 10, 2010, 02:43:14 PM »
Yesterday I went to my secret topaz location in search of the illusive blue only to find that my usual spot was totally submerged. It takes me nearly three hours to drive there so you can imagine my disappointment. After three hours searching I had very little to show. To top it all off I had taken my parents so that they could find some too. For some reason I decided to search in the deeper water so I went as deep as my boots would allow and dug out as far as I could with a long handled shovel. The first thing I pulled out was this 62.5 carat monster. It is far from flawless but what a find and there were three other small pieces in the same sieveload. I started digging frantically and together with my parents we recovered a little over fifty stones with a few really nice cutters. I have to say it was one of the most rewarding days ever. I never thought that I could find blues this big in Victoria. It will be a while before I can go back and I fear the water will get deeper still. I'd love to hear about your best day fossicking so let me know,

Cheers Cain ;D

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Gemstone Faceting / Tin Lap
« on: June 23, 2010, 09:29:56 PM »
Most facetors are mortified when I tell them that I use a perspex wheel covered in contact adhesive paper to polish my stones so I have finally purchased a brand new tin lap :) Now the only thing is I have no idea as to the best way to use it ??? Any advice in the form of "the idiot guide to polishing on a new tin lap" would be fantastic. Do I need to break the lap in and what other accessories do I need. All I have is cerium oxide and a 100,000 diamond spray,

Thank you,

Cain

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Fossicking Locations / Divining
« on: June 09, 2010, 06:13:09 PM »
The more posts I read the more I hear about divining. Now I have worked as an exploration geologist and I know that it takes more than an understanding of geological conditions and structures to locate mineral deposits. Gut instict and greater observation are key factors in finding good stuff.

In my years of prospecting, I and those around me, have made some interesting observations. Despite having a fairly good understanding of the geology of the areas I prospect I still dig in random locations which, geologically should be barren, only to unearth some really good finds. My best description would be that the area felt right. Is this is how diviners operate or do they just wait for a sign from their rods? Do you need equipment to divine? What is the success rate? Are you really divining or just searching for a spot that feels right.

More often than not I go prospecting and find more than others simply based on my feeling for the right spot. It annoys everyone because they think that I am using secret geology knowledge but really I just dig because it feels right. What do you think?

Cheers Cain

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Fossicking Locations / Locations near Melbourne
« on: June 01, 2010, 02:40:33 PM »
I am new to this forum and feel like I am the minority being from Victoria, has anyone done any prospecting down here and if so could you recommend a fossicking site(s) for faceting material? The best I can find is quartz crystal and some smokey. I have recently found a very small location for topaz in the Strathbogie ranges but it is hard work for very very low yeild,

Cheers Cain :)

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Gemstone Faceting / Topaz angles and cuts wanted
« on: May 26, 2010, 10:22:00 PM »
Hi, I am new to this site and was hoping to acquire some information. I have recently found some worn small blue topaz crystals in the Strathbogies, Victoria. I would love to facet them and was hoping for some good cuts to do on a 64 index wheel. I have only ever cut quartz and my faceting book gives me the angles for the crown at 43 and pavilion at 39. The stone I cut looks very dull considering how bright the rough was. I would like to cut a brilliant or calibre cut but I don't think that the angles are right.

Any help would be greatly appreciated,

Thank you.

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