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Hi all!

Looking to buy some zircon rough for faceting. I know the stuff not fussed on origin (harts range/Central QLD/N.NSW). I while ago I got my hands on some from Inverell area but haven't seen any from there pop up since. Looking for 5ct+ but happy to see what you have (interested in a lot or a little - whatever you have).


For Sale or Swap / Sapphire Facet Rough for sale
« on: October 25, 2015, 05:02:21 PM »
I have for sale a parcel of sapphire facet rough (from Sapphire). I am selling because I am heading to Japan for a holiday and would like some spending money. I will accept offers on the parcel as a whole or individual stones. The stones are as follows:
20.44, 8.14, 5.04, 3.4, 3.1ct.
All of the stones are untreated and unheated. I also have some zircon and other various things I would be willing to part with. I am open to offers so don't hesitate to PM me.

Cabbing and More / First cabbing setup advice.
« on: April 02, 2015, 08:37:40 AM »
Hi everyone,
I've been cabbing for a while in various clubs but now have moved and am pretty far from any. I'm looking to start my own cabbing setup.
Looking to have a 4 or 6 wheel setup with a saw separate or in a combo machine. I'll be mainly using it for various agates, woods, jaspers etc. I also have tried my hand at opal, so it would be nice to be able to accommodate that.
I'm looking for advice on where to look, what I should be looking at including in terms of wheels etc. Just generally any advice you have on setting up.
Also, quick question about opal polish, tin oxide or cerium?  I mostly see people use cerium oxide, any particular reason for this?
Thanks in advance.

Hi everyone,
I am chasing a piece or two of Australian Jade for a small project. If anyone could point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks in advance!

Fossicking Locations / Harts Range Ruby
« on: January 27, 2015, 09:17:42 AM »
I am reading the November-December issue of "the Mineralogical Record" of 1980 and stumbled upon an article about the first known deposit of ruby in Australia. From reading the article I take it that the ruby deposit in the Harts Ranges have been commercially mined, but I just want to know if anyone has any more info on this.
Are there any little known deposits or areas that the rare ruby can be found? Has anyone ever found one or owns one from this area?

The article says the deposit is 250km by road from Alice Springs, 6km Se from Mt Brady at 23 05'S, 135 02'E.

Fossicking Locations / Fossicking sites near Mackay?
« on: November 05, 2014, 03:41:15 PM »
I am heading up to Mackay over this summer and was just curious if there are any known fossicking sites around up there?

Trip Talk / Retreat Creek, Sapphire
« on: May 14, 2014, 05:09:39 PM »
Hi everyone,
I am heading to Sapphire/Rubyvale in July and was just wanting to know from anyone who is or has recently been there if the creek has had water running through it at anytime from September to now.

Fossicking Locations / QLD Fossicking Trip
« on: February 10, 2014, 10:46:52 AM »
Hi all,
I am planning a fossicking trip throughout QLD. Does anyone know of locations to find gemstones? I am familiar with the Sapphire and Rubyvale surrounding areas.
If anyone could let me know of places they have been and what you find there and any other details (water, 4wd access, etc). I would also consider areas outside of QLD.

Wanted / Zircon Rough
« on: January 23, 2014, 02:19:16 PM »
This is my first post here, so I hope I am doing it right.
I am wanting to buy Australian zircon facet rough. I was just wondering if anyone here had any for sale or knows of anyone that has some for sale. It would also be good if anyone could direct me to a miner or two as I am after a bit more than a few pieces.
Thanks in advance everyone.

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