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General Discussion / Re: 403 errors
« on: February 01, 2019, 06:12:11 PM »
You old Spammer you!

Gemstone Discussions / Re: Can anyone identify this stone for me?
« on: January 24, 2019, 09:04:23 AM »
Welcome to the forum triptamean. Not the normal welcome though and with some explanation you might understand the reception. Over the years we have all seen fossicking areas closed off to us by the deeds of some that are not as innocent as you, in other words deliberate over collection for either personal or monetary gain. As a lot (including myself) are quite passionate about the hobby it is upsetting to see another area closed to us. Unfortunately there are a lot of different government departments that seem to be keen on closing these areas, mines departments, aboriginal lands departments, national parks and state forest authorities and some of the political parties themselves and it appears that some don't need a lot of ammunition to start another war against us. What you need to understand is that national parks particularly are no go areas for anything other than walking in and taking photos of, no digging, removal of anything (flora, fauna or inanimate material), even driving in them (4wd) can be banned or restricted. Even fishing is outlawed. This is usually outlined in some signage at the entrance to a national park.

Anyway, I agree that the stone you found is most likely chalcedony lining a hollow in the stone. Chalcedony can come in more solid forms and can produce a lovely gemstone when cut and polished. Yours is too thin for that and is a nice specimen only. I would suggest that if you're interested in furthering your interest, find your local lapidary club and join, they are usually a wealth of information and most have the equipment and knowledge to cut and polish anything you may find.

Gemstone Faceting / Re: Math Formula
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:02:06 AM »
Not really sure why you want to reverse the formula, a specific design doesn't limit you to a specific sized finished stone. While the formula may give you the volume of the finished stone, each stone could be a different size anyway.

Trip Talk / Re: Heading to Gemtree & Harts Range
« on: January 16, 2019, 10:56:53 AM »
Thanks guys.

"Gory Details" Bucket. I think you have fossicking mixed up with your previous life. Although I will fill you in... or is that what you do after you come across the gory details :)

Actually I expect I'll see you before you go anyway, I will be coming up to check out the Gemkhana at Warrigul, might I see you there?

Trip Talk / Re: Heading to Gemtree & Harts Range
« on: January 14, 2019, 10:34:39 PM »
Good luck with the trip Jamo, I expect to hear all the gory details next time I see you!

Fossicking Locations / Re: Mt Gambier- South Australia Fossicking
« on: January 12, 2019, 09:29:41 AM »
Hi OlivineOlivia888, welcome to the forum. Not sure if Mount Shadwell is still open, it's near Mortlake. If you do a search here on either Mount Shadwell or olivine you get heaps of info. Also Mooralla, near the Grampians has some nice smokey quartz, but you have to work hard for it. That's about the extent of my knowledge on the area, maybe someone from SA could help with closer to Mount Gambier.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: What scales for weighing gold?
« on: January 12, 2019, 09:23:12 AM »
Not sure about who you would go to, don't go to the dealers that come to shopping centres buying scrap gold, a jeweller will normally do a better deal!

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Help pls...
« on: January 07, 2019, 10:11:23 AM »
It's hard to give a value, I suppose they're worth what someone will pay. For example, anyone that knows me knows that I don't do specimens, if I can't cut it and polish it, I'm usually not interested. So for me, they wouldn't be worth that much. I think with specimens though, it boils down to rarity and quality of the individual piece. While your collection presents well, I'm not sure of the rarity of the items, but the quality looks pretty good.  Knowing where the specimens came from and what they are would be important as well, that's generally what I ask first when looking to buy any stone. Ebay is probably a good start for selling, but be sensible with your reserve, if you want to sell don't set it too high. Also be careful of the packaging and posting of what look like fairly fragile items, take that into account when quoting on postage as you'll need a lot of protection around them. Sorry I can't help with individual pricing, I'll leave that for those with more knowledge of this type of specimens. Good luck.

Fossicking Locations / Re: Rock to tumbling in Samford/Dayboro area
« on: January 03, 2019, 03:45:40 PM »
The centre one looks like it may be red jasper with quartz banding, most of the others do appear to be different shades of quartz. The only one I'm not sure of is the one with brown/white banding, really not sure from that photo what it might be.

Whats New at / Re: Website Upgrade
« on: November 20, 2018, 08:14:56 PM »
Thanks Leah, will check Brett's site

Whats New at / Re: Website Upgrade
« on: November 20, 2018, 05:09:06 PM »
Website looks great guys, well laid out and easy to use. Just one thing, couldn't find any Facetron machines or parts, do you still deal with them?

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Tassie Pyrite
« on: November 20, 2018, 08:49:37 AM »
Good to hear Malachi, I'd love to catch up but I've already taken advantage of this special and will be on the mainland for March, will catch up with Jamo at the Victorian Gem show at Warragul. I can give you some directions for fossicking but the MRT site should also help you out.
Here it is:

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Tassie Pyrite
« on: November 19, 2018, 12:13:41 PM »
They (Spirit of Tas) actually have a good special on for March/April at the moment, $349 each way for two people in a cabin with their car. Have a look at their site. Weather here in March is good as well, days are still reasonably warm with nights starting to cool off. Five million grey nomads can't be all wrong!

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Tassie Pyrite
« on: November 19, 2018, 09:32:02 AM »
Yep, we (Tassie) has two show 'seasons' if you like. One is in March and combines the Hobart and Devonport shows, the other is in November and used too include both Zeehan and Launceston. Both seasons are a week apart to help offset the cost involved for mainland dealers getting here. I say used too as, at the moment, no one has stepped up to take over the organizing of the Zeehan show for next year yet. The current person wants to have a break, there are rumors that the Zeehan Museum may take it over, but nothing confirmed yet.

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