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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! 

Tell Us About Yourself / Re: Another southerner
« on: November 26, 2011, 11:05:59 AM »
Thanks again Mehoose, you are a wealth of information, am looking forward to a couple of these trips if work allows it next year.

Tell Us About Yourself / Re: Another southerner
« on: November 25, 2011, 02:28:09 PM »
Thanks for that Mehoose, sort of figured you were up this way.  Been paid up for around 6 months now, but can't get there as often as I'd like due to work getting in the way!  I'm going to try and get up to the Weld River this summer for a couple of days.  I have friends in the Boat Harbour/Sisters Beach area that has OKed me having a kick around his property through which a certain creek know to have zircons and sapphire in it and am looking forward to that.

Am looking at a few weeks in the Kimberley next year and am keen to have a look at anywhere I can there.  I recall one of the ALF members having a scratch around there in the past and would love to hear from anyone that's been that way.


Tell Us About Yourself / Re: Another southerner
« on: November 25, 2011, 11:42:45 AM »
The bike is a Kawasaki 1200, probaly the best bike I owned but I've got my eye on a faceting machine and it has to go.  A 4WD would also be handy for future fossicking trips.

Tell Us About Yourself / Another southerner
« on: November 25, 2011, 09:30:46 AM »
Thought I'd finally post some about myself info here, although I've already been posting on other subjects.  I now live in Tassie (north west coast) and am currently a member of the Burnie Gem club.

I was originally born and bred in Victoria and was for many of my younger teenage years, a member of the Dandenong Lapidary Club there.  I have many fond memories of field trips with my folks to various areas around Victoria, including Cardinia Creek (now under water) and the creek which runs underneath the famous timber trestle rail bridge near Belgrave, that one that Puffing billy uses.

After a 'break' from fossicking of nearly 40 years I have now re-entered the fray with much renewed enthusiasm.  This faceting thing is great! 

I try and travel a least once a year to various places around Australia, my last trip  finally included the central Queensland gemfields.  What an interesting place.  While I didn't have enough time to go out fossicking, we did get to put a few buckets of wash through at a fossicking park (Armfest) and I was blown away with what we recovered.  In all my times as  ateenager I never saw the amount of colour coming up in these seives, albeit small.  These are currently in Thailand awaiting the floods to recede.

I'm looking forward now to further trips when I'm away and have found this forum a great place to learn and follow with interest the news of northern fossickers and other facetors.

Am awaiting the sale of my little used motorbike to fund the purchase of a faceting machine, anyone looking for a large capacity road bike?


Gem of the Month / Re: Topaz Guessing Competition
« on: November 21, 2011, 12:11:49 PM »
I'm tipping around 105 cts.

Tell Us About Yourself / Re: G``day all
« on: November 20, 2011, 11:29:26 AM »
Hi all,

Haven't forgotten you all that are waiting to hear about how my Thailand cutters turn out.

Unfortunately the bad flooding there has delayed their return, however, I'm still hopeful that they'll be here by Christmas.  I'll post something to let you all know how they go when I get them.


Gem of the Month / Re: Topaz
« on: November 20, 2011, 11:21:28 AM »
I can remember as a teenager fossicking around in the creeks around Powelltown and I can also remember how cold the water can get up there.

I reckon those that aren't from the New England area would find it, now how did Woofa put it - that's right, 'interesting'.


Trip Talk / Re: Wednesday finds
« on: October 30, 2011, 01:24:04 PM »
Nice little collection Findem, you of course do know that around 1966 we moved into the decimal currency era, don't you?


General Discussion / Re: Thailand Flooding
« on: October 30, 2011, 09:30:50 AM »
Thanks for the heads up Fullerton, I was expecting delays from Lamberts, so I wasn't going to bother them, they've got enough problems at the moment. 


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