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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?

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

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.

Jewellery Talk / Adhesive for jewellery?
« on: November 26, 2015, 08:33:08 AM »
Just a quick question about what adhesive to use when making pendants on bezel plates. Do you just use superglue type product or an epoxy? The bezels are only small so I don't want the glue showing. Thanks :)

Gemstone Faceting / Re: Polishing quartz - what do you use?
« on: October 13, 2015, 09:17:31 AM »
Great, thanks Leah and Andrew! I don't have any of those things, only tumbling grits and the compound I mentioned before. Looks like I had better put an order through to Aussie Sapphire lol.

Gemstone Faceting / Polishing quartz - what do you use?
« on: October 13, 2015, 03:05:12 AM »
Using a dremel I have cut some nice pieces for pendants, I have shaped them and used a 2000 grit paper to smooth them. My dremel came with polishing compound...will that do the trick or is there something else I need to use? This is my first go at cutting, cabbing etc apart from a couple of lessons at the local gem club, which is a bit far away for me to go every week.

Trip Talk / Re: Heading to Gemfest
« on: August 05, 2015, 10:39:07 PM »
Way jealous of you guys!!   beers Have fun and maybe post some pics? Cheers, Missy

General Discussion / Re: Prospectors TV Show
« on: August 05, 2015, 10:36:06 PM »
I enjoy the show and agree it is so much better without the ads! My only gripe is how they go over...and over stuff trying to dramatise it, like Dead Mans Bend and the Caldwells camp out the other week. I would love the opportunity to actually find somewhere to dig for interesting stuff, nothing much near here except sapphire fossicking.

General Discussion / Re: Will my tumbler freeze?
« on: July 09, 2015, 11:18:15 PM »
Thanks Leah, I will probably put it in the garage a true woman, I did read the booklet first!  ;). I would like to give Aussie Sapphire a rap too, the package was just what I was after and it arrived in just a couple of days, wow! On that note I guess I'll get rockin and rollin! Cheers folks.

General Discussion / Will my tumbler freeze?
« on: July 09, 2015, 07:47:53 AM »
I just got my first rock tumbler from Aussie Sapphire, dual barrel and even came with assorted rocks to start me off. I have a stack of quartzy stuff and gemstones that I would like to clean up. The book tells you that it's not meant for outside due to freezing but where I live, near Canberra, even the garage and our spare room are freezing. We had -10 here the other morning so I am concerned about starting the tumbler off, will it really freeze? 

I just joined the Goulburn Gem Society last week. Although they are pretty much into rock polishing etc, they seem nice folks and are going to teach me the ropes! Makes a newbie quite excited  ;D

Trip Talk / Re: Grabben Gullen Fun
« on: May 11, 2015, 12:40:32 PM »
Hi Chriso, its private property probably only 100m each side of the public area but if you stick to the creek they don't mind. Also very, VERY cold, wet and windy out here. I had planned to go myself but its not my kind of weather lol. Head to the left side of the bridge and walk left along the creek for best areas. Are you highbanking or just sieving? Cheers Missy :)

Trip Talk / Re: Grabben Gullen Fun
« on: May 01, 2015, 02:50:31 AM »
Thanks Mushy! I have been back a couple of times and the last one was the best so far. Got quite a number of crystal like specimens, varying colours from yellow, orange, mauve and some blue green that weren't quite as clear. Also collected a lot of spinel with red variations. :)

Trip Talk / Re: Grabben Gullen Fun
« on: April 18, 2015, 08:11:28 PM »
Thanks Findem! Only wish I knew if the specimens I have put aside are gems, I'm probably saving quartz lol.

Trip Talk / Grabben Gullen Fun
« on: April 18, 2015, 02:25:51 PM »
Hi all, I'm a newbie to the fossicking scene, since I was a young kid I've been interested in rocks etc, but until recently hadn't had the time or opportunity to take it up as a hobby. I live not far from Grabben Gullen and have seen some interesting videos of fossicking there. I stumbled across this site while doing some research about the area and realised that some members have been down to the creek for a paddle. I went last week with pan and sieve in hand, totally clueless as to what I was doing or looking for (apart from what I had seen on the videos lol). Hubby was kind enough to dig around for me and as we didn't have a lot of time he put some gravel etc in a tub and brought it home for me. I have MS so I'm not able to handle a lot of heavy digging or anything so it worked out well for me as I've spent a few days out in the sun going through the stuff we got. I 'think' I have found some stones, certainly there seems to be quite a number of zircons and a few sapphires. I enjoyed it that much that all I can think about now is going back to try again! lol.  ;D

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