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Location of the Month / Re: NSW - Grabben Gullen
« on: April 28, 2016, 05:33:24 AM »
Mungoman, you nailed it! I don't just go there for 'treasure' (otherwise I wouldn't go at all lol), as you say I go there for a play and to just relax. As I've mentioned before I have MS, so I can't do any major digging but I am happy with the scraps and most of all I use the time to enjoy a bit of life. Wow, using a digger blows me away though! Such a shame people turn a nice hobby or pastime into a joke like that. I've been doing a little research on Lost River and thinking of going for a look. It's Wheeo Creek which basically runs through that main area of the district so I guess we'll see.

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Location of the Month / Re: NSW - Grabben Gullen
« on: April 27, 2016, 03:08:54 AM »
You're right Jamo it is a lovely place to visit and there aren't any mind boggling stones but I also get the odd red zircon and the rutilated quartz is quite nice to use. I  only live ten minutes away so I pop down a few times a month. Unfortunately the people that have been there in the last few months have really carved it up, huge holes in the embankments and creek side. I was talking to Owen and Jenny the other day and they have been inundated with people wanting to go on their property, both of them are actually not very well so could I respectfully suggest that ALFers stick to the public area, if you head upstream you can still walk the creek and fossick. Please don't misunderstand the reason for my comments, I'm not trying to keep any secret places on their property to myself, my motivation is purely concern for Owen and Jenny.

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General Discussion / Re: Am I digging deep enough?
« on: April 14, 2016, 05:45:02 PM »
Yes guys, unfortunately not only garbage is left there but also huge holes in a very high embankment which is becoming dangerous. Usually I visit the owners and give them fresh eggs, in turn they permit me to go on their private property away from the public area. I was talking to them last week and they have noticed the increase in people coming to the creek.

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General Discussion / Re: Am I digging deep enough?
« on: April 13, 2016, 10:26:27 PM »
Thanks Shivan, the creek is pretty low at the moment and not too cold however the weekend warriors have pretty much turned the main area over. Personally I have had most of my success in the bank areas or just adjacent to the creek. :)

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General Discussion / Am I digging deep enough?
« on: April 13, 2016, 06:17:28 AM »
Hi folks, I go fossicking at a creek only 20 minutes away from home (Grabben Gullen) so you might say I go there often. I'm still a novice but over the last year I have been lucky enough to get a few nice zircons, quite a bit of very small green sapphire, and a few blues although barely cuttable. I moved upstream from my normal area and found an old rotting log a few metres from the creek on the bank. Easter holidays meant that a lot of areas had been disturbed but I got to thinking that as this had been obviously left alone and undisturbed for probably years that it would be hiding some hope. I ended up getting some nice clear crystal (rutilated quartz, smoky quartz etc) and sapphire bombs but not one bit of green or decent blue, and no spinel (which is very unusual for this creek). I have MS so can't do too much back breaking digging but went down about a foot.
So my question is...do you guys think that I have not gone down far enough to hit the better stuff? There really wasn't any smooth rock amongst the clean up (again unusual). I must say the pieces I did get were good and clear and probably larger than I normally get (I make jewellery out of the good stuff). Now I know that every place is different and it's hard to gauge if you haven't been there but opinions would be appreciated. Thanks, Melissa :)

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For Sale or Swap / Re: Gemmasta combo machine ebay
« on: April 09, 2016, 10:17:57 AM »
Thanks MakkyBrown, yes I knew it wasn't yours but as a novice I was thinking you probably picked up on a lot more about it than I understood lol. I've only used them at our Lapidary Club and they aren't combo's. Also thanks Leah for the info about the motors AND thanks for my parcel this week....must've sent that one via Ferrari, it was here so quickly. :)

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For Sale or Swap / Re: Gemmasta combo machine ebay
« on: April 09, 2016, 06:49:43 AM »
Hi MakkyBrown, is that the one with no motor? I am after a cabber or combo that's reasonably priced and there aren't many around so it peaked my interest. Just wondering how much a motor would cost to put on it, if its the one I'm thinking of. :)

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General Discussion / Re: New shows on Foxtel
« on: February 06, 2016, 07:03:41 AM »
MrSydney, I think it is on one of the Discovery Channels...I usually record it so didn't pay attention to which one. Type it into the Search in TV Guide and you will find it and when it is airing. :)

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General Discussion / New shows on Foxtel
« on: February 03, 2016, 08:29:38 AM »
Hi Diggers, there have been a couple of new shows on Foxtel (if you have it) that you may wish to know about. There is one called Jade Fever which is about a family mining and selling jade, not too bad quality but unfortunately the season is finished, I only found it half way through. No doubt there will be replays lol. The other is called Game of Stones and is about 'extreme' gem hunters, it's over dramatized reality tv however it was interesting to look at the gems, locations etc. Just thought I would put it out there :)

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Gemstone Discussions / Re: How to test if opalite is real or resin?
« on: January 19, 2016, 04:57:16 PM »
Hi folks, thanks for all the advice. It is in fact man made however being a nice piece I will make something of it anyway. :)

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Trip Talk / Re: ALFers trip to Powelltown Jan 9, 2016
« on: January 16, 2016, 10:58:09 AM »
All I can say is You Lucky Buggers!! I would have loved to tag along but alas too far away. Glad you folks had a great time and maybe one day you will have a trip closer to Goulburn so I can come and annoy you. ;D

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Tell Us About Yourself / Re: Hello Everyone ! version 2 :)
« on: January 16, 2016, 10:50:59 AM »
Thanks to Aussie Sapphire I am sporting a nice new stubbie holder after my latest purchase. In the past I have also received a VERY handy beanie which I love, considering it snows here. So just wanted to say thanks for your generosity Leah :).

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Gemstone Discussions / How to test if opalite is real or resin?
« on: January 16, 2016, 10:42:11 AM »
Hi folks, I bought a stone from a market stall purported to be opalite. I showed a gem club member who believes it is fake and made from resin. That may well be the case however I bought a number of stones from this stall and the others are all fairdinkum. Is there a method I can use to test this piece?

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Jewellery Talk / Re: Adhesive for jewellery?
« on: November 28, 2015, 07:38:25 AM »
Thanks Leah, as always you've been very helpful :)

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General Discussion / Picked up some treasures in NZ
« on: November 26, 2015, 08:43:16 AM »
I just went on a cruise to New Zealand and brought back some pieces of jade and paua shell. I found a shop in Akaroa where you could fill a small plastic bag with assorted stones for $5. What's a girl to do? Of course I filled two lol. Have no idea what half the stones are but there was quartz, agate, amazonite, rhodonite etc. All polished reasonably well so I should be able to make some nice little jewellery pieces. I know it probably isn't fantastic quality but I don't plan to sell what I make, just gift it to family and friends.

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