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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.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Tassie Pyrite
« on: November 17, 2018, 07:57:14 PM »
Both of those locations fall within that 'north of Balfour' area, in fact the Arthur River district and Trowutta fall into pretty much the same area. Trowutta is in Circular Head and the Arthur River actually crosses Tayatea Rd, both are around 30 odd kilometres north of Balfour. Sounds like it all points to that area.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Tassie Pyrite
« on: November 17, 2018, 01:42:50 PM »
Our MRT man thinks it's from an area north of the old mining town of Balfour on the north west coast. The other possibility is Renison Bell on the west coast. Hope that helps Malachi.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Tassie Pyrite
« on: November 16, 2018, 09:56:53 PM »
Busy couple of weeks for our club, had a stand at Zeehan and now one in Launceston, good fund raisers though. The Launnie show is worth a visit, I should make the effort and get down your end of the state Makky, trouble is, I'm over to Victoria again next March for the Victorian Gemkhana at Warrigal.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Tassie Pyrite
« on: November 16, 2018, 05:25:01 PM »
I've seen similar stuff from various mines on the West Coast. I'll make some enquiries to try and narrow it down. Launceston gem Show on this weekend, one of our Mineral Resources people may be able to help.

Fossicking Locations / Re: Opalton claims
« on: November 07, 2018, 10:20:38 AM »
Rusted, this seems to be the formula for most of the reality shows on TV at present. I'm surprised at how dramatic they can make a small problem seem like a life threatening situation. The same production company make another reality show I watch called Railways Australia (also makes Outback Truckers). Something like a red signal all of a sudden becomes a case of life and death!

Tumblers and Media / Re: Cerium oxide
« on: November 07, 2018, 10:15:46 AM »
I use the white one, which I have seen referred to as facetors CO and super CO, for faceting. It gives very good results when used sparingly. At the club they have the pink one which is used in the cabbing room on leather and also gives generally very good results, particularly on harder stone like mookaite and agate, again, it is used sparingly. A little friction heat seems to assist with the polishing when using CO.

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