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Gemstone Discussions / Re: Huge Emerald for Sale
« on: January 19, 2012, 03:21:25 PM »
Should have guessed it didn't come from Torrington....

Trip Talk / Re: Oberon Trip Report - 6-7 January
« on: January 12, 2012, 07:25:29 AM »
Great read guys, it actually sounds like a good time was had, obviously by some more than others......


Fossicking Locations / Re: Wave Hill NT changes
« on: January 08, 2012, 07:21:50 AM »
The newsletter also provided the following details for lodgement of complaints:

The Manager, Customer Service
Dept. of Primary Industries, Fisheries and Mines
GPO Box 3000, Darwin NT 0801
Email address:

Interesting....I tried emailing Mr Holland as per the above mentioned email address and it bounced back.  Maybe he's sick of getting complaints?


Gem of the Month / Re: Zircon Guessing Competition
« on: January 05, 2012, 07:47:27 AM »
Gee that leaves my 4 ct zircon for dead, it's a boulder!  And I reckon its a boulder around 426 cts.  

Thanks Woofa!


Fossicking Locations / Re: Wave Hill NT changes
« on: January 01, 2012, 05:23:47 PM »
The company that appears to have the lease is named as Crystal Universe, their head office is listed on their website as in Melbourne with a Perth showroom.  Here is a link to their website:

Perhaps the NT government are the ones you should be venting at for allowing the lease to go ahead in the first place....


General Discussion / Re: Christmas
« on: December 22, 2011, 09:19:32 PM »
Not long back from one of my club's workshop days, what a great time!  Finished a stone had a few laughs and welcomed some new members.  I wish everyone in my other 'club' a great Christmas and a very happe and prosperous New Year for 2012!!


Tell Us About Yourself / Re: hello everyone
« on: December 20, 2011, 09:22:54 AM »
Hi Tony

Welcome to the clan, you do of course realise that once it's in your blood, you're hooked for life.


Gem of the Month / Re: Beryl Guessing Competition
« on: December 16, 2011, 03:34:59 PM »
Great stuff Woofa, quite enjoyable watching all the theories behind the guesses.

Hope you all have a great holiday period!


Tell Us About Yourself / Re: G``day all
« on: December 08, 2011, 03:40:06 PM »
Here is a photo of the little fellas.  As you can see they are small............


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Tell Us About Yourself / Re: G``day all
« on: December 07, 2011, 07:41:42 PM »
The smaller (less than .49 ct) stones are US$1.75 each, larger than that are $3.25 per ct.  That's for corundum, the few small zircons and really small topaz I also sent were only $1.40 each all less than .49 ct.

I'll try and organize a couple of pics and while I haven't put the stones under a loupe, they appear really nice, no obvious badly cut stones.

Have weighed the smallest and largest now and it's no wonder I did so poorly at the 'guess the weight' of the topaz that Woofa had going.  The smallest is .10 ct, the largest a whoping .46 ct!  The cuts range from SRBs, through ovals and a coupe of really small emerald cuts.  With this parcel I didn't order them calibrated sizes, I will in future, it only costs another 35 cents per carat/piece.

Honestly, I don't know how they do it either, but for these small ones that I can't do, I'm happy to employ some Thai folk.


Tell Us About Yourself / Re: G``day all
« on: December 07, 2011, 03:49:37 PM »
Well, I've just got home from work and found that my small parcel from Lamberts has turned up!  Nice little Christmas present.

Out of the 29 stones forwarded, they were able to cut 28 of them and at first look they appear really quite good.  It looks like they range from about .25 of a carat up to around .75, I haven't actually weighed them yet.  Total finsihed weight is just shy of 7 carats so they are all small.

It took all up from sending to getting them back, around three months, not bad when you consider the floods they've had. 

Cost for the lot (including postage there and back) is around $90, which per stone means it was most likely cheaper to buy some through EvilBay but these are what my wife and I plucked from the ground so that means something to us.  I wouldn't have been able to cut them myself (yet) as I don't have the time or the experience so again, I'm happy with the results.

Now to what to do with them.................


Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Cutting opal
« on: December 07, 2011, 02:14:26 PM »
Thanks for the advice REXL and Mehoose, sorry to say they WERE in water when they went into storage but over time this had leaked and so they are dry as a bone now.  I wasn't kidding about the 40 years.

Just used a bit of wet and dry in water the other day to get rid of some sandstone it seemed to work quite well but I realised then about the finer grit.


Ask a "Silly" Question / Cutting opal
« on: December 07, 2011, 09:42:24 AM »
Hi all,

I have finally located a box of my old finds from 40 odd years ago, it includes some opal picked up at Coober Pedy.  There is some absolute rubbish amongst them (why did I even pick them up?), however there is some pieces that I think I can use.

Having never had a go at opal before I was wondering if anyone can help out with advice.  The pieces I'm looking include items for cabbing and some of what we used to refer to as 'jelly' opal which is nearly transparent with mostly blue/green flashes which I may have go at faceting just for something different.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Garry

Gem of the Month / Re: Beryl Guessing Competition
« on: December 05, 2011, 09:25:10 AM »
Probably not my favourite stone, but what the hey, after my last guess I was miles away anyway!

I'll go and do the fence sitter thing and say 350.

Thanks for this Woofa.


Gem of the Month / Re: Topaz Guessing Competition
« on: December 01, 2011, 06:41:44 PM »
Well done Mehoose, good to see Tassie can still keep up withe the rest of 'em! 

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